Each December I take a week and replace our regularly-scheduled language arts lessons with something fun and festive:
Christmas Carols are widely-known, easily relatable, and bring Christmas cheer to any classroom. Pair them with some grammar practice and a creative writing outlet – sounds like a win-win to me!
To start off the unit I play three well-known Christmas Carols to jog my students’ memories (as if they haven’t been playing on the radio non-stop)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Then we spend a few minutes reviewing the basics parts of speech. I don’t know about you, but I find that no matter how many times we go over what a verb is, the kids always need a refresher.
We refer back to our Grammar Interactive Notebooks and make sure to keep them on hand for easy reference all week long:
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Then, once the parts of speech are fresh in our minds we crank up the tunes! We focus on one Christmas Carol per day – I hand out the activity sheet and let the kiddos go to town, color-coding their pages by the correct parts of speech. Each Christmas Carol has three different versions, so you can differentiate baed on the different ability levels you have in your classroom:
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