How Santa Lost His Job (Opinion Writing and Craft)

Can you imagine what would happen if Santa lost his job? Stephen Krensky has done just that with How Santa Lost His Job. I want to share an opinion writing activity and craft you can use with your students after reading this book.

In the story, there is always a last-minute rush before Christmas. An elf named Muckle takes it upon himself to find a replacement for Santa and creates the Deliverator. The other elves want proof that this machine will make Christmas more efficient, so they create a series of challenges to determine who will deliver the toys on Christmas.

The story lends itself to opinion writing, so I set our reading focus on identifying the reasons why Santa is better than the Deliverator. Before reading, I set up a Cookies for Santa anchor chart.

As we read and identify the reasons Santa is better than the Deliverator, we record the reasons inside the cookies on the plate. I should mention that I also allow students to use their schema and connections with other texts to provide reasons.

After brainstorming as a class, it's time to put our opinions into writing. Students choose their reasons from our anchor chart and I provide a sheet of sentence starters that help with opinion writing. When the writing is done, students get to add a Santa craft to the finished product.

You can find all of these activities, plus vocabulary and comprehension questions in this book companion:

You might also enjoy How Santa Got His Job. You can find an anchor chart idea for this book here.

Don't forget....for the month of December, you can buy both book companions and save!

Happy Reading!

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How Santa Got His Job (Anchor Chart Freebie)

Do you know how Santa got his job? Stephen Krensky does and he shares the details in his story, How Santa Got His Job. After reading the story, I talk to my students about the qualities that make Santa the right person for the job. Now you can do the same and create an anchor chart to use with your students.

The first thing you'll want to do is get your anchor chart set up. You'll need to print out the title letters and ornaments. You can find these here. After gluing the title to the top of the paper, you'll need to draw and color in a Christmas tree to fill the rest of the space.

After reading the story and discussing all of the qualities that make Santa the right person for the job, give each student an ornament paper. Once responses have been recorded, students can cut out the ornament shape and attach it to the tree.

Students always love to see their ideas on display!

I have also included a printable graphic organizer that can be used in place of the anchor chart. 

If you're looking to spend more time with this story, you might enjoy this book companion. It has comprehension and vocabulary activities along with a sequencing activity and two directed drawings.

This book companion is also part of a limited time Christmas Special in my TpT store:

Tomorrow I'll be back to share more about How Santa Lost His Job.

Happy Reading!

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Four Ways to Use Sheet Protectors in the Classroom

One of the supplies I always have on hand in the classroom is sheet protectors. They are durable, affordable, versatile, and easy to use which is a win-win situation in my book. Here are four ways I have used them in my classroom.

Sheet protectors are the perfect way to provide repeated practice for students while keeping your copy numbers low. If you use cardstock paper or place papers back-to-back, the sheet protector becomes more durable. I rarely have to replace them during the school year! I often put math games and spelling worksheets inside.

 Sheet protectors are an easy way to put posters on display that can easily be changed out all year long. Once they are attached to a bulletin board or wall, you can insert your classroom goals, student art work, inspirational quotes, reading skills for a focus wall, and more! You can even insert your classroom store poster where the date can be changed on a regular basis.

When I started teaching in the primary grades, I began collecting work samples throughout the year to be placed in a portfolio. This was a binder filled with student work that demonstrated growth throughout the school year along with photos to remember special events and activities. Sheet protectors were the easiest way to add student photos, bulky projects, and art pieces to the binder without punching holes through them.

I have been fortunate to work in a school where whiteboards are provided for every student to use. If you don't have whiteboards and need an inexpensive way to make a class set quickly, you should definitely look into sheet protectors. By inserting cardstock paper, you can instantly create a 2-sided work space for students. These are also smaller and quieter than whiteboards!

You can find sheet protectors in just about any store that sells school or office supplies. I've tried several brands, but I keep coming back for these ones.
Avery Premium Heavyweight Sheet Protectors

What are your favorite ways to use sheet protectors in the classroom?

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