Our classrooms are filled with EVERYTHING Christmas this time of year.
There are so many different activities to do and play during this holiday season. Our little learners love finding out all there is to know about reindeers and completing their Reindeer Facts and Research activities.
I enjoy hearing students are chatting away about how they decorated their trees and what they are hoping to find under their tree! The giggles and excitement are some of my fondest memories of this season.
We enjoy reading our stacks of Christmas Books to get us thinking about all the different ways to celebrate the season.
I love using Creative Writing Prompts in the classroom. To connect writing with the holiday season, I’ve created this Under The Tree Creative Writing Prompt.
You know when you get your students thinking about what they are hoping for this Christmas, you will get a long and excited response.
Because talking about what they want and like is a great way to get kids learning without realizing they’re learning.
Creative writing plays an important role in a student’s literacy development.
Looking for more ways to integrate Christmas into your lessons? Be sure to look at all of our Christmas Learning Activities.
Inside You’ll Find:
- 3D tree template
- Three differentiated printable writing options
Supply list for Gingerbread Rhyming Mats:
- paper or card stock
- Creative Writing Prompts For Under the Tree Template and Printable Writing Sheet (scroll down to download!)
Using the Creative Writing Prompts For Under the Tree
I recommend printing the tree template on cardstock. If not, the tree will have trouble standing.
Choose which writing template you will want your students to use and print a class set. Like the tree template, I find it easiest to use cardstock, but it is not a necessity with the writing paper like it is with the tree template.
First, you will want to have your students color their Christmas trees. Of course, we focus on green trees in general, but let your students color whatever they prefer and decorate the trees as they see fit.
Next, they will cut out the two trees. This is an excellent way to have them working on fine motor skills.
If you want to make sure the trees last longer, you can stop and laminate these before you put them together. It takes just a bit longer but can make this a lasting project kids and parents will cherish. If you don’t have access to a laminating machine in your classroom, there are several simple laminating sheets or pouches that work in a pinch.
To get this freebie, use the ‘click here to download’ button at the bottom of this page.
After the trees are cut out, students will need to cut on the lines down the center of the tree. One will require students to cut from the top of the star down and the other one will have students cut from the bottom up.
Students will then place the two trees together like a jigsaw puzzle. The final product will be a 3D tree.
Either you or your students will tape the Christmas tree to the writing paper you will then use for your creative writing prompts.
I always found it easiest for me to do this part for my kindergarten students, but do what works best for you and your classroom.
Now it is time for the creative writing prompts!
Our little learners will think about what it is they want to see under their Christmas tree and write about it. Then students can illustrate their paper by drawing the things they wrote about by the tree.
These creative writing prompts are a great way to teach about spelling, sentence structure, and of course simple imaginative creative writing.
Your student will love sharing their wishlist, so it will be easier to engage them in the lesson!
Want More Christmas Literacy Ideas?
If you want to extend the Christmas theme across your literacy curriculum, check out our Christmas Match-Ups Bundle.
Download your Creative Writing Prompts for Under the Tree below!
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I hope that you and your students have fun with these Creative Writing Prompts for Under The Tree!