The holiday season is upon us! Do you decorate your library or classroom for Christmas? I decorate for every season for Christmas is my favorite. I always put up a tree and string lights around the door. (Don't tell the fire marshall!) A few years ago I started having the students make ornaments to put on the tree: Christmas ornament book recommendations! This is such a fun and engaging activity. You can use it with students in any grade level, the kids love to make them and they make your library look so festive! What could be better?
Making the ornaments
This is a simple activity to prepare, which is always a bonus during this hectic and chaotic time. All you need are copies of the ornament template, scissors, pencils, and crayons. If possible print them out on card stock or a thicker copy paper just so they hold up a little better. You can make them any size you want. If you are going to put them on your tree you will need yarn or string.
The concept is simple: students will fill out an ornament about a book they have read or one you have read to them. They will fill in the title and author and then write what they liked about the book or why they recommend the book. There are several different templates and sizes included. There is a template for students to write their favorite part of the book or to list the reasons why they recommend the book. There is also one with space for the students to draw a picture from the book. This one works well with your younger students. It is also useful for differentiation.
Once students have completed their ornaments you can use them in a variety of different ways. And once it's time for Christmas break students can take their ornaments home with them.
- Display a paper cutout Christmas tree on a wall in your classroom, your door or in the hallway (wherever you have room) and have students tape the ornaments to the tree.
- If you have a Christmas tree in your room you can put a ribbon through the top of the ornament and hang them on the tree.
- You can string the ornaments together and make a chain.
- You can make a display and pair the book and the ornament together.