In my classroom December is a craaaazy busy time filled with end of semester assessments and standardized testing, all while still fitting in engaging, meaningful lessons! Sometimes it’s tough to fit in holiday crafts and activities, but no matter what I know I can add some holiday fun with READ ALOUDS! Read aloud time is so special to our class, and we never skip it, no matter what our schedule holds. During December I like to *spice it up* with some festive activities. Below are some ideas you can try with your class this month!
Gift Wrapped Books
This is my FAVORITE way to add some holiday spirit to our day. I pull my favorite holiday books (one for each school day before break) and wrap them individually. Each day I have a student pull a book and we unwrap it! That’s our special book of the day. NOTE: These aren’t new books, just holiday books that I already had, or even books from the library!
Display all of your holiday books for students to choose from! You can pull from this shelf during read aloud time, or have students choose their favorites to read aloud to the class or a friend for added fluency practice.
Read and Make
Do you have a little extra time to spare during read aloud time? Check out these incredible ideas by No Time For Flashcards! They are activities tied to great holiday read alouds that your class is sure to love! Best of all, the activities are free!
Always make sure to get to know how your students celebrate the holidays so that you can be inclusive of ALL cultures in your classroom.