November 12, 2003
I have a great writing activity for the week before winter break that can be used for any holiday celebrated around that time. My kids love listening to and reading stories from the popular Chicken Soup series. So, I explain to them that they are going to make their own books designed to be a holiday gift for a family member.
The book is titled Chicken Soup for the Holiday Soul, and the students make a cover just like the Chicken Soup books, along with a table of contents and a dedication page. Stories that I have them include are:
- Best Holiday Gift I Received,
- Best Holiday Gift I Ever Gave,
- Favorite Holiday Family Tradition,
- What the Holidays Mean to Me,
- and so on.
I also have the students include some fun poetry, like acrostics about Christmas, winter, or a dreidel. Students also have fun making silly lists like Top 10 Best Things to Get in Your Holiday Stocking. The kids have a great time decorating and writing these stories, and the best part about these gifts is that they are from the heart and free.