One of my favorite books to read during December is always Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini.
His moose-stache is just too adorable!
The moose father is planning out the holiday, but isn’t able to find a tree last minute… which makes for a great predicting lesson for the kids.
You can grab this book here*:
Before reading the story first, I kind of set the stage with a fun 120-chart activity.
This activity comes with a pre-timed powerpoint, but I just printed the slides 6 to a page and cut them out to use as task cards.
This allowed me to create a center for this activity.
It worked really well and once my students realized that we were getting ready to read Mooseltoe, they got so excited!
Once each student has completed the 120 chart activity, I will read the book to the class.
Then we complete this fun craftivity to work on our fine motor and following direction skills.
I saw this finished activity in the first grade hallway last school year and just had to add it to my toolbox this holiday season. This resource includes the pattern you need to create the craftivity, as well as a picture step-by-step guide to putting your craftivity together.
He turns out REALLY big! You could easily print the trace-able pattern pages to 50% of the original size to save paper and wall space on your bulletin board.
I might have my students add on a writing response sheet to incorporate writing into this math, turned reading activity. Triple threat, my friends!
Also, don’t forget to stop by my friends’ blogs to see the books they are blogging about for December!