Friday, November 17, 2017

Winter Holidays Pocketbook Unit!

 Hello Teachers!

Teaching Winter Holidays is a favorite topic of our students this time of year! As a teacher, you shouldn’t have to struggle to fit all your reading and writing standards into lessons that are still hands-on and fun.

Look no further and check out this blog post that describes Winter Holidays Around the World.  You will be able to seamlessly move through content with your students, and each child will be able to create their own pocketbook portfolio along the way to store their work. You might remember how much we love organization and to learn more about pocketbooks, you can look here. Students, parents and administrators LOVE the impressive final product, and it will be a keepsake that they will be proud of and love to show off!! This mega unit includes all the materials you will need to help your students learn about:

·      Hanukkah
·      The Story of Christmas
·      Las Posadas
·      Kwanzaa

Check out the different elements below that are included in all 4 units that come in the Mega Bundle. Look for the link to grab a FREE SAMPLE of the MEGA POCKETBOOK UNIT to try with your class! 

PowerPoint Presentations

Begin the unit by engaging your class with a colorful PowerPoint presentation to grab their attention and get them thinking.

Easily move into a group discussion after the open-ended question is given on the last slide to give students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge about the topic.

Re-visit the PowerPoint throughout the week based on the needs of your class and time frame of your lesson.

Smart Art

Students can cut, color and glue to make a fun visual representation of the symbols of each holiday. Then, they can write a cohesive paragraph with facts they have learned on the back using the lined paper. Smart Art is perfect for bulletin board displays or can be used to hang around the classroom.

Anchor Chart

Use the colorful pictures and text at the end of the unit to create beautiful anchor charts that can be displayed in your classroom throughout the unit.

As students move throughout the unit, have students recall facts learned and have them actively participate in creating the anchor chart.

Vocabulary Cards
Print, laminate and cut these eye-catching vocabulary words to serve as visuals for students to refer back to throughout the unit.
Hang them on your word wall, classroom door, bulletin boards, or even make students their own copies of the cards to serve as an easy reference.

Vocabulary Flip Books

Students can demonstrate their knowledge of key vocabulary words using the interactive vocabulary flip book.
Give students picture cards, and they can cut, match, and glue onto corresponding outer flaps. Then, students can write the definition/describe the vocabulary words using the lines on the inside of the book.

Student Workbooks

Color print, then staple the workbooks together for each student. Trim the edges if time allows to make a smaller booklet that will fit nicely in each pocket.

Students can read for information on the topic then answer comprehension questions related to the topic at the bottom of each page. Students may benefit from working with a partner or small group. For students below level, you may choose to open the document onto a Smart Board and read along with them in a whole group setting.

Graphic organizers and writing paper

Students complete graphic organizer either as an independent activity or whole group to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic, writing multiple key details and facts. Then, students can use the graphic organizers as a reference to create a longer writing piece, consisting of multiple paragraphs.
There are 2 options for handwriting lines to differentiate for writers.

Supplemental Pages and Early Finisher Work

Multiple activities are included to supplement the content learned through the student comprehension workbooks and the PowerPoint presentation. Activities can be used for morning work, early finishers, or for homework. Activities include: ABC order, a crossword puzzle, acrostic poem, and word search.


Ready to download your FREE Winter Holidays Sampler with vocabulary cards, 3 pages of student workbook pages, crossword puzzle and an ABC order worksheet? Grab this HUGE freebie right here by clicking on the image! Then, come back and let us know how your students enjoyed using it for a chance to be entered in another resource giveaway!

If you only need a unit or two, you can also grab every unit individually! 

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