Term Four - No Chore

My idea is about organising those Christmas reads ahead of time. 

Search your school library, town library and your own books and pick out your top picks to read. 

Then place them in a special place in the room on the 1st of December. 

I put them in a large Christmas sack - that way they can't be seen and there is a little mystery about them. 

Choose one or two students each afternoon to pick out a read for the next day. 
Depending on the age of your students you may get them to read the text and devise questions to ask the grade. 

The discussion after each text could be based on ...
Text to Self - what memories do you have that are triggered by this text? 
What does this book remind you of?
Text to Text - what other books does this remind you of?
Text to World - What is/has happened in our world that sounds like the characters - setting - plot on this book? 

Keep the discussion and answers oral and lots of fun - as Christmas should be! Let the kids take control of the questions!

Here are my Christmas picks from last year that I read to my grade. 
I am about to hit the book shop to see what is new this year!

Check out what other ideas we have for you by checking out the other blogs that have linked up below. 


  1. I love the idea of the Santa sack Paula, the kids will love that!

  2. I hadn't thought of supplementing my class books with ones from the town library rather than continually buying them myself! That's a great idea because often there's a shortage at school if we're all going for the same themes at once! Thanks, Paula!

  3. Love that idea Paula. I can even adapt it for my small group in tutoring. The mystery of it will keep kids intrigued. Also love those Christmas books. :)

  4. I love Christmas books, and what a wonderful way to share them in a meaningful way. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Love mystery, love Christmas, love books - this is an awesome tip!! Looking forward to picking out some great reads to share with my students.

  6. What a fabulous idea to store Christmas books in a Santa sack! I think I'll be trying this one out this year!

    Miss Galvin Learns

  7. Adding the Santa sack to my classroom Christmas traditions. Love this idea! Thanks!


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