In search of standard-based instruction, teachers have been producing and purchasing products aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Certainly, they’d like to provide high interest topics for children. This is where Santa enters the picture. If you search for Common Core + Santa on TeachersPayTeachers.com (TPT), you’ll find 222 results! I used Clement Clarke Moore’s Christmas poem, and the standards on speaking and listening, to create a literacy activity.
In my product, students are provided space to illustrate the story on each page to match the meaning of the text. Twelve vocabulary words are boldface typed within the poem with definitions provided in the glossary. The purpose is to let students take ownership of the poem by illustrating it and then practice reading it to their parents or other students in the school. This was a popular activity I used in my 3rd Grade class during language arts. Students were eager to learn the new words such as sugarplums, kerchief, and sash, so that they could accurately illustrate their self-made booklet.
Here are the correlating CCSS for Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
- Kindergartners: #5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
- Grade 1 Students: #5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
- Grade 2 Students: #5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories
or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
- Grade 3 Students: #5. Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
The poetry product featured above can be purchased online in my TPT store. You can find PDFs of all the CCSS and their applications to students with disabilities and English Language Learners at this site: http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards
Note: This post was previously published on this 12/19/13.