The first activity are these Holiday Task Cards to review figurative language. Then we read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore, because we all know that students at all ages still love to hear this. We read this as a class to begin with, and then students worked with a partner to analyze all of the figurative language and sound elements that they could find. Once we were finished, they asked if they could find more Christmas-themed figurative language on their own, which I thought was great! It also includes a writing activity regarding a modernized version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Another activity I use is New Year's Character Reflection Task Cards. This activity requires students to think critically about the character(s) from a story that have read or are reading, as well as to support their answers with evidence. The task cards can be used at any time in the year, not just around the holidays. For a free sample of these activities, click here.
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The 12 Days of December