Common Core in December Part 2

I can't believe it! Two days in a row of blogging. Well, I'm sort of cheating because these are from old posts. ;) I did update my freebie from years ago, so I thought it would be a good time to repost. This is a short one today. Come back tomorrow and the next day to see a Polar Express activity (craft freebie) and a fun reindeer writing activity. 

Santa Writing

One of my favorite activities during this time was this interactive writing story. It was a great way to scaffold and teach certain writing skills for writing a narrative story. As we went, the students gave me all the ideas for what to write. My job was to ask the class questions to make sure our story had a sequence  that was easy to follow, no gaps in the story, some detail to elaborate, strong verbs, a clear beginning where the characters and setting are introduced, an ending, and dialogue used appropriately.  We reread and stop often to make sure we are sequencing the story in a way that makes sense. When we glued the chart paper to the chimney and added Santa's legs, it was the cutest display, too!

If you would like your students to do this independently, you can use this FREEBIE:

Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

To see more printable activities like these, check out my Christmas Printable pack. 

The activities included are below. 

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