Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The 12 Days of Christmas {Literature}

I am really stoked about a new Christmas unit I just loaded on TPT the other day.  It’s called “The 12 Days of Christmas {Literature}!”  It actually covers 15 popular Christmas books so you can pick and choose which ones to use.  The premise of the packet is this:  I have included 2-3 activities for each book—generally a craftivity (with patterns/templates included) and a literacy activity—a graphic organizer, a noun/verb sort, etc.  I suggest you go ahead and run off all necessary copies, gather colored paper and other supplies, etc.  Then, gift wrap the book plus all of the necessary materials together.  I actually wrapped all 15 books and activity sets myself.  There are 15 school days before Christmas break, so we will open one book each day.  I will let the leader choose which book to open.  Then, we will complete the activities after reading the book.  Or, you can simply use it for the 12 Days leading up to Christmas break instead of 15 days.  There is a ton of flexibility with how you use this!  You can even giftwrap one book a day so you can manage your lesson plans better and you know exactly which book and activities to expect!  You can download the preview at TPT to see exactly which books are included and which activities are included!

I think the kids will be THRILLED about this fun unit!  I plan to have my classroom tree decorated and all the books under it before they come to school on Monday, December 1st.  Here are some pictures of how I have prepped the materials:

All of the books and materials laid out.
 The Christmas Crocodile and lesson materials--all ready to wrap!

 Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas

The Polar Express...complete with book, activities, hot cocoa, and jingle bell necklaces for the kids!
 Some of the 15 presents wrapped and ready to be taken to school.

Here are some of the Craftivities you will complete:
 Santa Mouse

Splat the Cat

 A beginning, middle, end present graphic organizer

 Santa's Calendar to document his changes in A New Improved Santa

A Cause/Effect craftivity with The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

 A book template and a craftivity for Santa's Stuck

A naughty and nice behavior sort for It's Christmas, David!

 A poinsettia for The Legend of the Poinsettia

You can check out the packet on TPT here:

I will also be giving away a copy of the unit on Monday!  To enter, just leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas book.  (I'd love it if you'd be a follower, too, but this isn't mandatory!)  Good luck!!


  1. I have lots of Christmas favorites but I really like Santa's New Suit and Mooseltoe.

  2. I love Night Tree by Eve Bunting. It's one of my favorites from when I was little. I remember my dad reading it to me all the time :)
    Teaching in the Valley

  3. I LOVE your new pack! It's absolutely adorable. My favorite books have to be Snowmen at Christmas OR How the Grinch Stole Christmas! :)

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  4. I love this idea! The whole packet looks amazing too!

  5. I forgot, my favorite Christmas book is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

  6. My favorite Christmas book is Santa's Book of Names, it's about a little boy who learns to read on Christmas night! I read it every year to my kiddos! Your pack looks amazing!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  7. As of today, I have a new favorite!! I love Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond & my awesome teaching partner gave me Charlie and the Christmas Kitty this morning as an early birthday gift. Cute!!!!!!

  8. My personal favorite is also The Best Christmas Pageant ever, but I won't read it to my class! Those Herdmans crack me up...and I giggle when the teachers won't retain one as then they'll have two the next year!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  9. I love the unit. My favorite Christmas book is The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

  10. I love the new and improved Santa.

  11. Wow, I love the idea of wrapping up the lessons for the kids to open! My favorite Christmas book has to be Twas the Night Before Christmas...makes me think of Christmas Eve as a child!

  12. I like Bear Stays Up For Christmas.

  13. There are so many wonderful stories. One that we enjoy is Olive, the Other Reindeer.

  14. I LOVE the oldies but goodies, The Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas :) This unit looks amazing!!!

  15. Very cute unit! I love all of the picture books of course including Polar Express as my favorite picture books. However, I especially love The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements. My students loved hearing it last year as well.