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Madeline’s Christmas Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

First, second, and third grade teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Madeline’s Christmas will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book.

With a theme of compassion, this Madeline’s Christmas picture book by Ludwig Bemelmans is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of your favorite Christmas read alouds too!

Engage Your Students with Madeline’s Christmas Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Madeline’s Christmas. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Madeline’s Christmas reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS SUMMARY

Ludwig Bemelmans book, Madeline’s Christmas, brings us a holiday story featuring our favorite characters from the Madeline books. 

 

It is Christmas Eve and everyone in the house is sick, except for Madeline. While everyone is in bed, she is up at night taking care of the chores. She cooked the girls and Miss Clavel a healthy dinner, cleaned the house, and gave people their medicine. 

 

Suddenly, Madeline heard a knock on the door. While she thought it might be Santa, it turned out to be a rug merchant that had exactly 12 rugs for sale. Madeline bought the rugs thinking they would be perfect for the girls’ cold feet in the morning. Without the rugs, the merchant realized he was too cold outside. Madeline welcomed him into the house and warmed him up.

 

To her surprise, the merchant was also a magician. She asked him to help clean up from dinner and with a spell, everything was cleaned and put away. He even used his magic to make the carpets fly and brought all the girls home to celebrate Christmas with their families. 

 

When Miss Clavel rang her bell though, the spell was broken. The girls were back home together and ready to celebrate the new year!

MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Madeline’s Christmas, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Madeline’s Christmas reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • summarize/retell
  • analyzing character
  • analyzing setting
  • rhyme | rhythm | repetition

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • compassion

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • pronouns
  • adjectives
  • adverbs
  • antonyms

MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Madeline's Christmas book companion
two elementary students listening to an interactive read aloud

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Madeline’s Christmas?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD810L
  • Guided Reading Level: S
  • DRA Level: 44
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 5 – 5.2

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans.

What genre is Madeline’s Christmas?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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