Reading and re-reading familiar texts allows students to build their fluency. Poetry can be perfect for this. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas is a poem which children have been reading for 200 years. This time of year it’s a great way for students to build their reading fluency.
This lesson let’s me share some Christmas fun with my class, while continuing with my normal reading and writing instruction. My class has so much fun practicing this poem, and connecting with their previous experiences with it that they feel as though they’re getting a treat. This is my favorite activity for the week before Christmas break. There are a ton of fun activities that you can create with your class using this lesson.
What are the fun activities for this poem?
I have used this poem in my guided reading lessons, as well as whole group lessons. It’s also a great way to introduce elements of poetry, like stanzas. You can break the poem down and assign one stanza per group. Guided reading lessons can be very differentiated depending on the level of the group you’re working with. There is a ton of vocabulary, that your students will love to learn about. This poem is also a great way to get your class writing. Students can share their Christmas wishes, and draw illustrations of it. It really is a great way to keep your kids focused on literacy the week before vacation. For other fun Christmas activities for the week before Christmas, check out these free Christmas worksheets.
What about other Christmas Activities?
I’ve included the complete poem, along with activities for students to read and write about Christmas right into the freebie. It’s all here for you in this ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Freebie. It includes coloring, and of course Santa’s wishlist. I hope your students enjoy this as much as mine do!