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This 3rd and 4th Grade Christmas ELA Activities pack is filled with ELA activities for 3rd and 4th graders. There are themed activities for each of the six Common Core Standards domains (RL, RI, L, SL, RF, and W). Your students will practice their ELA standards while incorporating the Christmas theme as well. This will take some of the stress off of your plate by providing you with standards-based and Common Core-aligned seasonal activities!
 
Each domain will have 3-4 activities or passages. The domains are Reading Literature, Reading Informational, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language, and Foundational Skills. There will be a mix of hands-on partner, whole group, and independent activities.
 
Please check out the preview to get a clearer idea of all that you’re getting!
 

3rd and 4th Grade Christmas ELA Activities Includes:

Reading Literature: 4 passages
  • RL.3.4/RL.4.4- Figurative Language
  • RL.3.5/RL.4.5- Structure
  • RL.3.7/RL.4.7- Illustrations
  • RL.3.2/RL.4.2- Moral of the Story
Reading Informational: 4 passages
  • RI.3.3/RI.4.3- Connections
  • RI.3.6/RI.4.6- Point of View
  • RI.3.5/RI.4.7- Text Features
  • RI.3.7/RI.4.7- Visuals and Media
Writing: 2 partner activities and 2 prompts
  • W.3.3/W.4.3- Narrative and Sequencing Practice
  • W.3.3/W.4.3- Narrative Writing
  • W.3.1/W.4.1- Opinion and Linking Words Practice
  • W.3.1/W.4.1- Opinion Writing
Speaking & Listening: 2 independent activities and 1 whole group activity
  • SL.3.2/SL.4.2- Collaborative Discussions
  • SL.3.3/SL.4.3- Reporting on a Topic
  • SL.3.6/SL.4.6- Audio Recordings and Visual Displays
Language & RF: 2 independent activities and 2 partner activities
  • L.3.1.e/L.4.1.b- Conjunctions
  • L.3.1.c/Review for 4th- Irregular Spelling
  • L.3.5.b/L.4.5.c- Nonliteral Language
  • L.3.4/RF.4.4- Multisyllable Words
This Christmas set is part of a growing bundle. Want all future themes?
This resource is an add-on to the ELA units I have created for Common Core. All of these activities are standards-based activities. What makes these unique is that they are themed to a holiday or a season!
This 3rd and 4th Grade Christmas ELA Activities unit purchase is for one single classroom only.
If you’d like to share with other classrooms, make sure to buy the extra licenses for a discount through the TeachersPayTeachers tool. Please contact me for a site license quote at jessica.L.tobin@gmail.com.
 

Standards covered in this particular unit:

RL

RL.3.4- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
RL.3.5- Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
RL.3.7- Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
RL.3.2- Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
RL.4.4- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
RL.4.5- Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
RL.4.7- Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.
RL.4.2- Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

RI

RI.3.3- Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
RI.3.6- Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
RI.3.5- Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
RI.3.7- Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
RI.4.3- Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
RI.4.6- Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
RI.4.7- Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

W

W.3.3- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
W.3.1- Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
W.4.3- Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
W.4.1- Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

SL

SL.3.1- Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
SL.3.4- Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
SL.3.5- Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
SL.4.1- Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
SL.4.4- Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
SL.4.5- Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

L/RF

L.3.1.h- Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
RF.3.3.d- Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
L.3.5.a- Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).
RF.3.3.c- Decode multisyllable words.
L.4.2.c- Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
RF.4.3.a- Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
L.4.5.a- Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.

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