Student activity based on “Creating Christmas memories” article from Our Ohio magazine.
Watch an Our Ohio television series video about Christmas trees on YouTube.
Academic Content Standard (English Language Arts Grade: 1-2): Informational Text Standard – Students will identify the sequence of events in informational text as well as the central ideas and supporting details of informational text after having the text read to them. Students will then follow multiple-step directions to create their own picture publication. (Note: Key terms used from Ohio’s Academic Content Standards are in bold below).
- Have an adult read the text to the young student. While reading remind the student to visualize what is happing in the reading.
- After each paragraph, ask the student clarifying questions such as:
- (paragraph 1) Where do you picture this taking place?
- What is happening in the summer on the tree farm?
- Why do the Christensens bake cookies in October for Christmas?
- (paragraph 2) What memories are made at the tree farm at Christmas?
- (paragraph 3) Are Christmas trees grown in Ohio on farms?
- What is the meaning of being the “13th largest producer of Christmas trees in the United States?”
- (paragraph 4) Define the word recyclable. What do we do when we recycle?
- (paragraph 5) What is planted after Christmas trees are harvested or cut down?
- For each paragraph, have the student identify the central idea and choose a picture or symbol (visual aid) to represent that idea.
Hands on at Home
- On large drawing paper, draw large squares and help the student draw the chosen symbol in the box. For example, paragraph one might have symbols of trees, cookies or decorations. Paragraph five might show people planting seedlings. Encourage students to follow the directions you provide.
- Cut out the squares and assist the student in ordering or sequencing the squares in the same order they are given in the article.
- Mix up the squares and repeat! Try to complete the sequence with a beginning, middle and end.
- Document your experience! Take a camera with you on your Christmas tree cutting outing.
- After putting your tree up, have your student draw pictures or use the photos to tell his or her own story of getting a Christmas tree.
- Create a story around your experiences titled “My Christmas Memories.”
- Publish a small book or scrapbook with the student’s pictures or drawings.
- This would make a great Christmas present!
This student activity was prepared by Camille Kopczewski, who is coordinator of religious education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Grove City. She is a former sixth grade social studies teacher for South-Western City Schools. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in education.