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The Night Before Christmas is a holiday classic, and a book you have probably enjoyed time and time again. Reading The Night Before Christmas to your children can be a fun holiday tradition, and one they will look forward to each year. There are so many more kids Christmas crafts you can try along with the text, extending the fun and the lesson plan well past the holiday season. Look below at this Night Before Christmas Lesson Plan set and see how fun it can be to explore the text further!
What is the main idea of the Night Before Christmas?
The Night Before Christmas is a children's book that tells the story of Santa Claus' visit to a family on Christmas Eve. The main idea of the book is to show children the magic of Christmas and to teach them about the importance of giving gifts to others.
Is the Night Before Christmas a poem or story?
The Night Before Christmas is a poem that was published in 1823.
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What grade level is The Night Before Christmas?
Most people say that The Night Before Christmas is a level 2 or 3 read, meaning that it is meant for readers who are comfortable with basic sentence structure and some new vocabulary words.
What is the moral lesson of The Night Before Christmas?
The moral lesson of The Night Before Christmas is to be kind to others and help those in need whenever possible. A key part of this lesson is that giving always feels better than receiving, so even if you don't have a lot, it's important to share what you do have with those who are less fortunate.
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Lesson One: Fun with Rhyming Words
The Night Before Christmas is a rhyming text, so now is the perfect time to explore rhyming words! For this activity, you will explore words in the story that rhyme and go on a word hunt!
- Begin by talking about rhyming words and give examples of words that rhyme.
- Read the book together, using your sticky notes to mark rhyming words as you hear them.
- When you are done with the text, revisit the words you marked. Make sure you have only chosen sets of rhyming words.
- On your poster board, use the markers to write the sets of words you found! Write each set in a different color. Examples will be house/mouse, care/there.
Go through your list when complete. Listen to all of the rhyming words and count how many sets of words are in the text. Display your poster board for review later!
Lesson Two: Act it Out!
What could be more fun than acting out the text of The Night Before Christmas? Have an adult be the narrator and have a child act out each of the roles. These roles include Mom, Dad, and Santa.
- Have each of the characters wear their appropriate hat to get them in character! Santa wears the hat, Ma the bandana, and Dad the sock/stocking cap.
- Start reading the text and have children act it out as the narrator reads. Pay attention to all of the descriptive words that help tell the story and set each scene.
- Make sure the narrator reads with expression while the actors act out the text and bring it to life!
- When you are done, you can switch roles! Have one of the actors switch to the narrator and have the narrator take an acting role.
- Don’t forget to take a bow when you are done!
Acting out the text is a great way to bring it to life! Give this fun activity a try!
Lesson Three: DIY Stick House
Make your own cozy little house, just like the one in the story. A few wood craft sticks and basic craft supplies are all you need. Let’s get started!
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Your sweet little stick house is now ready for its own Night Before Christmas Adventure! You can display it on a mantel or even use it as a bookmark!
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- 7-10 Wood Craft Sticks
- Felt Sheets
- Hot Glue Gun
- Begin by applying two coats of paint to one side of your craft sticks. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
- Assemble the sticks into a house shape as shown. Use your hot glue to adhere the sticks together. Hold in place until secure.
- Use your felt or paper to cut out small shapes to use for windows, doors, a chimney, etc. Cut and glue in place as shown.
- Your sweet little stick house is now ready for its own Night Before Christmas Adventure! You can display it on a mantel or even use it as a bookmark!
We hope you found this lesson plan helpful and that your students enjoy creating their own Night Before Christmas Lesson Plan story activity and craft. If you do end up using this plan, we’d love to see pictures of your kids in action in the comments! Merry Christmas and happy learning!