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Christmas Treat Bag

Students show their favorite holiday event on a personalized gift bag. Decorate these handy bags for treats on any special occasion!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Not only do individual countries have unique Christmas customs, but within regions families have created their own traditions. Students share their family and international Christmas traditions with classmates. Then choose a holiday scene to decorate a gift bag.
    2. On paper, use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils and your imagination to sketch and write about your favorite holiday traditions or memories.
    3. Illustrate a favorite observance on a slick, nonporous white paper gift bag with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. To accent your drawing, use the eraser. For example, draw and color a green tree. Erase areas where garlands and ornaments hang. Fill in spaces with bright colors.
    4. Highlight the gift bag with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry your bag before it is filled with gifts.
  • Standards

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    SS: Describe the unique features of one's nuclear and extended families.

    SS: Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places.

  • Adaptations

    Using the treat bag format, students illustrate a scene from their favorite books on the bag. Include the title and author of the book on the bag. Package the book inside the bag and place it into a box for a grab bag exchange.

    Select a second holiday and research the traditions that surround that holiday. Students decorate an second bag to illustrate the second holiday.


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