Okay friends, I just needed to share this book in case you were looking for some new read-alouds for December. A Wish to be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe may not be very well known, but it should be!
I love using this story to reinforce some essential understandings, such as story mapping, identifying problem and solution, and understanding cause and effect. Click on the images below to grab a freebie for yourself!
Now, I don’t have a picture of it just yet, but I am planning to do some great nature decorating in my classroom this year! In a few weeks, once the leaves have all fallen, I am going to take my classroom outside to do some nature collecting. We will collect branches and twigs (already fallen of course), leaves, acorns (b-corns and c-corns), and anything else that might strike our fancy!
Then, in small groups, we will see what delightful decorations we can create to beautify our classroom! I can’t wait 🙂
*I feel it is important to note that I teach in a very international community, and my students belong to many different faiths. This activity is part of a year-long study of the cultures that make up our classroom.