Christmas Writing Printables to Format Christmas Writing

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Santa Writing Theme

Christmas Writing.

This simple writing format with Santa at the top can be used for any number of writing activities:

A Story

Provide your students with both models and prompts.

Models:  Students with disabilities may have both weak handwriting skills and weak fine motor skills.  Providing them with models will help them get started.  Perhaps these sentence starters will get your emerging writers going.  Put them on the board or on chart paper and create a "Word Bank" at the bottom.  It might include:  reindeer, presents, packages, bag, magic, flying, sick. 

  • Santa was getting ready for Christmas eve when ________________________
  • Then, Rudolf said, "________________________"
  • Santa's elves were very worried because __________________________________
  • "Oh, no!"  Santa said.  "I can't believe that ______________________________!"

Prompts: Give your students some exciting ideas for a story.

  • Santa gets the flu.  Who will deliver the presents? 
  • Santa get his naughty and nice lists mixed up.  What happens?  How do the good children feel when they get coal in their stockings?
  • You catch Santa Claus in your living room unpacking your presents.  You convince him to let you go along.  Where do you go?  What do you do?  Do you have any close calls?
  • Santa has a contest among the elves to see who can make the cleverest toy.  Who wins?  What is their toy?

A Letter

Use this format to teach your students letter writing conventions.  Have them use the paper to write their annual Christmas letter to Santa.  When I taught second grade, I had students write letters to Santa that were not only printed in the little local paper, some were reproduced because of the quality of the product.  You can bet those kids and their parents (and grandparents, and distant relatives) were proud of those letters!

A List

Of course Christmas means presents from Santa.  For your emerging writers, how about just helping them make a list?  It will encourage them to copy words carefully, recognize initial and final letters, as well as develop some familiarity with print in a way that is highly motivating.

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Snowman Writing

Snowman Writing.

This snowman template will provide some automatic cache for those students who have seen the animated "Frosty the Snowman."  You might also pair it with reading one of the Snowmen at Night books by Caralyn Buehner to your class to spark your students' imaginations.

Writing Prompts

  • You build a snowman and don't realize the charcoal you use as his buttons have magical powers.  You look out late at night when he knocks on your window.  What do the two of you do? 
  • A wizard lives next door, and on the night you and your best friend make snowmen in your front yard, he spills a bag of magic fairy dust, that blows into your yard.  What happens?
  • The snowmen wait until everyone in your neighborhood is tucked in bed before they wake up and  . . . .
  1. Build a fort and have a snowball battle.
  2. Flood the street and play hockey.
  3. Decorate a big tree in the middle of the park.
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Candy Cane Acrostic Poem (Print PDF and See All Worksheets Below)

Candy Cane.

Here is the first of several Acrostics using Christmas themes.  An acrostic is a "poem" (though rhyme has nothing to do with it,) which uses the letters of words to begin a list of appropriate words.  For candy, you might suggest:

  • Cinnamon
  • And
  • Nice
  • Delicious
  • Yummy

You get the idea.  It serves to enrich vocabulary.  You might build a word bank as a group of all the words with c, etc., that the students may use. 

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Gingerbread Man Acrostic Poem

Gingerbread Man.

This one uses Gingerbread Man for your acrostic:  how about using things that the Gingerman could have run away from, like

  • Going 
  • Into
  • Nibbling
  • Geese
  • Edible
  • Runner.

Once again, build a Word Bank with your students using the initial letters.  It will encourage collaboration and build vocabulary.

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Santa Claus Acrostic Poem

Santa Claus.

After your students' stories are written, how about an acrostic?  Perhaps you want to focus on character traits.  What can we say about Santa? 

  • Sincere? 
  • Authentic?
  • Nice? 
  • Get the idea? 

Character traits are important for describing characters, so building familiarity will help your students when they are asked to describe characters as part of meeting the Common Core State Standards.   Is the hero loyal?  How do you know? 

The appropriate standard:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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Snowflakes Acrostic Poem

Snowflakes.

This Acrostic would also be appropriate for your Muslim or Jewish students:  For snowflakes, how about adjectives?   All students have difficulty with adjectives, but students with disabilities may really struggle with the concept.  Have students brainstorm all the adjectives you think of:  softy, fluffy, floating, other, etc.  Once your word wall is created, let students go to work. 

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Snowman Acrostic Poem (Print PDF and See All Worksheets Below)

Snowman.

How about whimsy for our Snowman Acrostic? Expose your students to Where the Sidewalk Ends  (Shel Silverstein) an think of silly things that you can list in your acrostic about your snowman.  How about making a snowman to go with your acrostic? 

Some silliness to consider: 

  • Snooky, sneakers, snappy, snoring, shy.
  • Nifty, nuggets, nose, noose
  • Olives, oranges, oysters
  • Winky, wiggles, wavy, wacky

You get the idea!