January 12, 2017

Companion Activities for 6 Popular Winter Books

Even though I'm not a big fan of Winter, some of my favorite children's books are read in the Winter such as The Gingerbread Man, The Polar Express, and the Mitten. These books are so much fun to read, that I like to use them for a whole week. I created a Winter Stories Bundle with some activities to go along with 6 popular books many teachers read in December and January. This way you can teach with this book all week long. I will include affiliate links to these books on Amazon in case you don't have any of these. 
Each bundle includes the same activities, so you students will start to learn what to do without you having to explain the directions over and over. 

Activities included
• teacher large vocabulary/retelling cards in color
• student small vocabulary/retelling cards in b/w
• full sheet poem/quote from the book (color or b/w) 
• small poem/quote from the book (b/w with image)
• small poem/quote from the book (b/w without image, students illustrate it)
• sequencing cut & paste worksheet
• student book (shortened summary of the book)
• comprehension quiz

Students enjoy having their own set of puppets/vocabulary cards to retell each story. They also enjoy making the small books, so they have their own version to read during reading time or to take home to their family to read. I like using the comprehension quiz and sequencing worksheet so I can see if students were listening to the stories and comprehending what was happening. 
Some teachers read The Gingerbread Man at the beginning of school and send their kids on a hunt (tour of the school) to find the Gingerbread Man. I like to read many of the Gingerbread series books in December. We always start with the original The Gingerbread Man before adding some of the newer Gingerbread titles. It's a fun story about a Gingerbread Man cookie who tries to run away from everyone so he doesn't get eaten. 
The Gingerbread Girl is such a cute book about her getting revenge on the fox for eating her brother The Gingerbread Man. 
The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett is adorable and always a student favorite as it has a new twist on the gingerbread cookie trying to escape. 
The last week of school in December, we read The Polar Express and watch the movie on our last day before break.  Students enjoy this book because a little boy gets to ride a train to the North Pole and receives the 1st gift of Christmas!
Another great book from Jan Brett is The Mitten. It's a cute story about a boy who drops his mitten in the snow and many animals try to climb inside to stay warm.
I couldn't find this exact book for sale anymore, but I did find another Frosty the Snowman book if you need it. This book has a fun song to go with it and the story sparks students excitement about a snowman coming to life to play. 
You can find all of these activities for each individual story, or you can buy the whole Winter Stories Bundle and save $$$! 

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