This fun Christmas writing prompt activity invites students to write directions for others to follow explaining how to wrap a present, specifically how to wrap a gift box. This is one of my favorite holiday writing prompts because it is a fun and engaging, real-world situation that students love! The writing resource includes differentiated templates, which makes it accessible to 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.
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 very memorable experience. Your elementary students will really enjoy this Christmas writing experience!
The Problem this Christmas Writing Resource Solves:
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!
How this Holiday Writing Activity will Help Your Students:
This holiday writing activity helps your students…
- understand that writing has a purpose. In this instance, the purpose is to teach someone how to wrap a present.
- learn the importance of adding lots of details in their writing.
- stay engaged in their learning during the month of December with this fun learning experience.
- participate in writing opportunities with a topic about something they are interested in and has meaning to them.
- practice their writing skills in a fun way.
How this Holiday Writing Activity will Help You as a Teacher:
This writing resource…
- offers a differentiated writing activity that will engage and meet the needs of all of your learners.
- presents a fun, real-world situation that increases student engagement.
- reinforces the importance of details in how-to writing.
Why You Will Love This December Writing Project:
You’ll love this resource because it is…
- aligned to your state’s standards.
- not holiday specific. All students can connect and enjoy this activity.
- a great way to get your students excited about learning during that time of year where it can be hard to engage them in their learning.
How to Use this December Writing Project in your Classroom:
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.
Why Teachers Like You Love This Christmas Writing Activity:
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.
What is Included in this Christmas Writing Resource?
teacher guide that walks you through the writing process and resources includes in the product
parent communication letter that builds and strengthens the home and school connection, shares about what the students are working on, and requests donations
project-based learning task card that poses a situation to students and gives directions
brainstorming and schema graphic organizers to support students in generating ideas and activating prior knowledge
differentiated research-based graphic organizers to support students in planning their writing
differentiated draft writing templates for students to develop and edit their writing
final draft writing templates for students to publish their work and have it be displayed on a classroom bulletin board
grading rubric so expectations are clear for students and grading is quick and easy for you
student writing reflection page that uses a prompt to guide students through reflecting on the learning experience
class book covers so you can create a keepsake that your students can look back at throughout the school year
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This Christmas writing project is a fun way to celebrate this festive time of year, while also working on important writing skills. Learn more about this holiday writing project and download it today!