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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Picture Books

With recent events, I have decided that I wanted to continue spending time with my kiddos--away from texts, and just having fun.  I want them to be able to come to school, learn, and enjoy it while they are there.  I think that are so many things that I can do using picture books, that I am having SO MUCH FUN!  I love the holidays---getting away from basals and text books and just kinda "letting loose."  My students really enjoy when we wrap a whole day's worth of learning around a book, or a "theme".    With only a few short days before break, I know I am late in coming up with this idea.   If nothing else, it will be there to refer back to for next year.  Allow me to introduce my FABULOUS idea:

Here's what you need to do if you are a blogger:
1) Think of a December holiday picture book.
2)  Create a freebie to go with it.  It can link to your blog or store.  It can be a writing prompt, craft, math themed worksheet, etc--as long as it's free.  It can even be one you've posted previously. (Please don't link it to a paid product.)
3) Grab my button, put it on your post and link it back to this post.
4) Link up with your post.  Remember to use the exact address of your post, not your blog.

If you are a follower, here's what you need to do:
1) Check back here for new posts with freebies.
2) If you find something helpful, please leave a comment.  It makes us happy! :)

I will start.  I am loving the Bad Kitty Books.  My son has been reading the chapter ones as well--so I just KNEW I had to have this one.

I love this book.  It's great to teach the meaning of Christmas, to review ABC order, to discuss nouns and verbs..I could go on.  There are a lot of things you can do with a picture book.  Here's what I'm going to do with my kiddos.

I've been having several fast finishers as we are reviewing.  I've also had 6-10 kids absent due to illnesses.  This little activity will be perfect for me to use.  

 I created two different levels of ABC order.  One students will have to look at 2nd letter (That's the Santa kitty).  The other set of cards, students will just need to look for the beginning letter.
 The recording sheet is marked with the kitty from their activity.  (Side note, I emailed Denyse from Scrappin Doodles last night---when I got this idea in my head to do a freebie with Bad Kitty.  She did a great job to get these done for me to use today! SHE IS AWESOME!)
 Here is a writing prompt too.  Students will write how Kitty changed in the story. 
 You can click the picture below if you want to grab your freebies.

I realize that I'm very last minute on this.  I think there have been many other things on my mind, as well as yours I'm sure.  I hope that finding some Christmas freebies along the way will give you more things to enjoy in your classroom.  We love our kids.  We are there for our kids.  We always will be.  

Let me know if you can use them. :)


  1. Thanks for the Bad Kitty freebie! So cute. I agree, this IS a fabulous idea!

    1. You're so welcome. I just wish I wasn't so late in doing this. I hope it brings a little happy to someone!

  2. What a wonderful idea. I will have to check out the Bad Kitty book.

  3. What a cute freebie! I love bad kitty. That kitty graphic is so cute. I too have a couple of fast finishers and I'm always trying to come up with ideas for them to do as well.
    The Hive
    I'm having a giveaway if you would like to check it out!

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  5. Hello! I dont have a blog but I do have an idea with a picture book. Its called The Sweet Smells of Christmas. Its about a bear on christmas eve prepping for the big day. its a scratch and sniff book but instead of having kids come smell the book I had a brown bag with samples of the scents. A clementine with some peel off for orange. a hershey kiss for chocolate. A small piece of pine (I literally cut small pieces off my tree lol) THose little debbie gingerbread cookies for gingerbread and a small candy cane for well a candy cane. What I did was read the book first once then re read it and stopped at each page and let the students smell each item. They loved it. I know this isnt a WS or center but a quick idea that doesnt take too much prep. Plus the students can take the bag home and share with their families. I hope you enjoy this

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  7. Yay, my very first linky party for my new blog! And about my favorite thing ever - picture books! Great idea!

    ~ Nicole

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  10. Thanks so much for hosting the linky party! I'm really glad to have found you AND linked up! :) Merry Christmas!!

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  13. Hi DeAnne!

    I am SO glad that I found your blog because Tessa over at Tales from Outside the Classroom passed on a RACK {Random Acts of Christmas Kindness} to you from the RACK linky party I am hosting. I'm your newest follower and absolutely LOVE your blog!

    I would be so honored if joined my linky party and passed on the RACK to 2 blogs that you are grateful for! RACK Linky Party

    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

  14. I just found your blog on a favorite's list from Jen over at The Teachers' Cauldron! Where have I been? Under a rock perhaps:( Your blog is amazing!!
    I am your newest follower.

    The Resourceful Apple

  15. I love your Bad Kitty freebie! Super cute! Thank you!
    Crayons and Curls

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