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Teaching in December – Christmas 2014 Edition!

christmas2014headerHappy December! With the Cyber Monday + Tuesday sale starting today (on TPT), it’s a great time to stock up on classroom goodies! Here are a few Christmas-themed items for the teaching month ahead!

For more seasonal Little Red’s Treehouse products, click here to load up the “Teaching in December” category in our TPT shop.

minixmasATW Our #1 best-selling product! Christmas around the world with a cut ‘n’ stick twist! Students get hands-on as they learn about Christmas in Sweden, Great Britain, Canada, the Philippines, Germany and Mexico in an interesting and fun way. Find out more about this product here.




santaworldmini This Santa’s Friends Around the World 3D Puzzle Craftivity is a fun activity where students read short profiles about gift-bringers in different countries, then put together 6 simple puzzles based on what they’ve read. When all 6 puzzles are complete, they’re assembled into a 3D ornament!




minixmaspassagesFocus on Non-Fiction: Christmas includes interesting topics such as Santas around the world, the origin of the candy cane and the WWI Christmas truce. There are 10 passages in all.




christmasglyphsupdGlyphs! Glyphs! Glyphs! We have a great selection of recently updated Christmas-themed and seasonal glyphs, now featuring simplified templates and instructions formatted in a check-off as you go step-by-step way. The updated glyphs available are: Christmas Angel, Santa’s Reindeer, Christmas Elf, and Gingerbread Man (questions are about the gingerbread man story, not Christmas). Not yet updated Christmas glyphs are our Beary Merry Christmas teddy bear , and the Polar Bear Express train.


janbrettminithumbThough it’s not a Christmas product, Christmastime is a popular time of year to focus on the stories of author Jan Brett, so we’re including our brand new Jan Brett Author Study in this list! This bundle contains storybook studies for five of Brett’s popular winter-themed stories (Gingerbread Baby, Trouble with Trolls, The Hat, The Mitten, and The Three Snow Bears) and additional worksheets focusing on the author and her work.


minimemorybookMy Book of Christmas Memories is a great activity for the days before Christmas vacation begins! Students share their memories of previous Christmases, their Christmas traditions, and Christmas favorites. Some example pages are: Christmas Dinner, My Special Christmas Memory, Christmastime at School, and My Christmas Hopes and Wishes.


miniletterstosantaOur Letter to Santa Craftivity includes templates for making the Santa figure out of construction paper as well as a several different writing template options for students to write their letters on.




buchristmasbooksFinally, here are our offerings from our novel study shop, The Book Umbrella! We have five Christmas-themed novel studies available right now which are Stanley’s Christmas Adventure, The Velveteen Rabbit and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, A Season of Gifts and The Last Holiday Concert.

Teaching in November – Thanksgiving


Here’s a guide to the Thanksgiving products we have on offer in our shop!

tgatwThanksgiving Around the World
Cut ‘n’ Stick Interactive Workbook

This packet includes studies of five holidays similar to American Thanksgiving with a focus on the harvest and giving thanks. They include Pongal in India, Sukkot in Israel, Thanksgiving in Canada, Chuseok in South Korea, and Zhong Qiu Jie in China.

We wrote a blog post explaining the different parts of this packet last year so please check out that post here.

Thanksgiving_FoNFFocus on Non-Fiction: Thanksgiving
We completed this packet just a few days ago! It’s a mini pack in our Focus on Non-Fiction series which includes the following eight topics: The first Thanksgiving, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The National Turkey Presentation, the Pilgrims, Sarah Josepha Hale, Squanto, Thanksgiving foods and turkeys.

LRS_HM_ThePilgrimsestsThe Story of the Pilgrims
These two products can be used together or separately for lessons about the Pilgrims and their role in American Thanksgiving history. ‘The Story of the Pilgrims‘ explains who the Pilgrims were, their voyage to the New World, and their connection to the Thanksgiving tradition. Like all of our History Makers sets, the story is presented on two pages with illustrations, provided in color and black and white. There are also many comprehension worksheets based on the text.
The Pilgrims Craftivities includes templates to make four different craftivities: a flip book, shape book, ring book and character writing display.

LRS_Turkey_Glyph-1Gobble Gobble Turkey Glyph
We’ve recently been revising our glyphs, including our Gobble Gobble Turkey Glyph. We’ve redone the instructions in a step-by-step fashion and simplified the templates. A great activity that incorporates mathematics, reading and art!

thanksgivingonthursThanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne
Finally, we have a novel study for “Thanksgiving on Thursday” which is the 27th book in the Magic Tree House series. Great for junior readers!

Back to School – Our Top 6 Picks!


It’s that time again! Back to school season is upon us!

As the TPT Back to School sale is just around the corner, we wanted to highlight a few items from our shop which we think are perfect for this time of year. We have a few products specifically designed for the first days of school, as well as some things that could be used throughout the year. So without further ado, here are our top 6 picks for back to school time!

CLASSMATES Get-To-Know-Me Class Magazines

Of our back to school products, we’d have to say this is our favourite! Having students create mock magazines about themselves to introduce themselves to their classmates is great on its own, but the idea of creating a classroom newsstand with them all on display for others to read is just so fun!
We’ve recently updated this set with an additional “Reader Survey” page for students to fill out after they’ve read their classmates’ issues. Click here to see a review of this product!

OwlCalendar1What a Hoot! Classroom Calendar
We have several sets of classroom decoration and organization products to help put the finishing touches on your classrooms. We think some of most practical sets are our classroom calendars. They add a decorative touch of course, but they can also be incorporated into your class’ morning routine.

kissinghandThe Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn Storybook Study
The Kissing Hand is a favourite at the beginning of the year because it’s all about a young raccoon heading off for his very first day of school. This packet contains a nice variety of comprehension and ELA worksheets and craftivities for students to complete individually or as a class.

kinderinfobookletMy Book of Names and Numbers
This little booklet is a perfect activity (especially as a take-home) for kindergarteners during the first days of school. There is certain important information little ones should be aware of such as addresses and telephone numbers. This cute booklet helps them put it all in order.

dailyreading1Focus on Non-Fiction – Daily Reading Bundle
Yup, it’s our Focus on Non-Fiction bundle! We have to include this pack of reading passages simply because it’s so big! We designed this set to have enough passages to see a teacher through the whole school year – roughly enough to study one passage every school day!

A Year of Glyphs Bundle

Another bundle to see you through the whole year! A Year of Glyphs includes one seasonally themed glyph craftivity for every month. Each glyph included is also available individually – our back to school one, Happy Crayon, is available here!

Product Update Alert! CLASSMATES Class Magazines

As you can see from the image above, we’ve made a little update to our CLASSMATES Get-To-Know-Me Class Magazines product!
We’ve added an extra worksheet – A Reader Survey. In cases where the magazines are shared among the class, it’s a response sheet that students can fill out after reading one of their classmate’s magazines.

If you’ve previously purchased this product on TPT you can log in to your account to download the updated version of the file…and if you purchased it on this site, you can log in to do the same thing under the “Little Red’s Shop” menu above.