This fun holiday writing resource is differentiated to be used with 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and5th grade students. Students are assigned the task of writing directions for others to follow explaining how to wrap a gift box. This is presented in a fun, real-world situation. As a culminating activity, I always enjoy having someone try to follow the students’ written directions exactly as worded to wrap a box. This reinforces the importance of details and makes for a memorable experience.
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How to Wrap a Present Activities:
Are you looking for a way to keep your students engaged and learning during that time of year where its hard to compete with the giddy thoughts of the holidays running through their heads? If so, this is the resource you NEED!
- This resource shows students that writing has a purpose. In this instance, the purpose is to teach someone how to wrap a present.
- It teaches students the importance of adding lots of details in their writing.
- It facilities a fun learning experience for students in the month of December.
- It gives students the opportunity to write about something they are interested in and has meaning to them.
- It offers students time to practice their writing skills in a fun way.
- This resource offers a differentiated writing activity that will engage and meet the needs of all of your learners.
- This writing activity is presented in a fun, real-world situation.
- This activity reinforces the importance of details in how-to writing.
- This resource aligns to your state’s standards.
- It is not holiday specific. All students can connect and enjoy this activity.
- Your students will be excited about learning during that time of year where it can be hard to engage them in their learning.
Students are assigned the task of writing directions for others to follow explaining how to wrap a gift box. This is presented in a fun, real-world situation. As a culminating activity, I always enjoy having someone try to follow the students’ written directions exactly as worded to wrap a box. This reinforces the importance of details and makes for a memorable experience.
Check out these testimonials from teachers who’ve used it in their classrooms…
Love, love, love this product. The differentiation was great for all my diverse learners, English Language Learners and special education students.
– Martha T.
I just started this project with my 3rd graders and they are stoked! Looking forward to watching them follow directions written by other students!
– Kari F.
I am so excited to use this prompt with my kids! Thank you for providing so many organization options!
– Caitlyn B.
We had SO much fun with this activity … writing our “how to paragraphs” and following directions to wrap each others presents. What a great bulletin board we created, as well. Thank you!
– Jennifer M.
Great writing activity with plenty of resources inside!
– Ashley B.
You can read more great feedback from teachers just like you here!
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