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Are You Grumpy_ Santa lesson


									ARE YOU GRUMPY SANTA? By Gregg & Evan Spiridellis
Reading, Writing and Art Activities
These activities can be adapted for all grade levels.

Synopsis of story: Between stubbing his little toe, having to wear the wooly suit that makes him itch, and
being put on a diet, Santa is having a very bad Christmas Eve.

Shared reading activity – Great story for sequencing
    Read the story to students
    Sequence of events activity
            o Write the sequence of events on sentence strips
            o Display them in random order
            o Students help teacher place them in the correct order
            o Instead of writing the sequence of events on sentence strips use the worksheet
                provided, students cut up the strips and place in order, or just number the sentence
            o Vocabulary words to explain at the point of use: defrosted, steady, tush, gauze
Shared, Interactive or Event writing Activity:
    As a class create a list of unusual ways to un-grump-ify Santa.
    As a class write a letter to Santa sharing some of your ideas from the list.
    Use the same activity; only make it an Event writing idea in centers during guided reading.
            o Use the blackline provide.

Art Activity:
Santa tear art: See attached instructions

Reading activity – Fluency – Reader’s Theater
    Use the script provided to practice and perform a reader’s theater
    I copied the following reader’s theater instructions from the following web site. It has links to
       more information about reader’s theater:

        Using Reader's Theater Instructionally in the Classroom
       A few years ago we had Readers Theater as a Special (like PE, Art) with the
        Reading Specialist. It was awesome and the kids loved it! Here is how she
        organized a week and how I have copied her. I usually do Readers Theater as a
        whole group. Normally, because of class size we generally have two groups with a
        different script each. Normally I start Reader's Theater on a Monday and we
        perform on Friday. I have found that a week is just enough time and students
        don't get bored. Fridays are usually good days for other classes to come watch the
        performance. So far I have been pleased with the organization and "flow" of doing
        it this way.
       Day one: I introduce the scripts. I like to use scripts that are based on
    pictures books (like A Porcupine Named Fluffy and Dogs Breath). First I read the
    picture books and we discuss the stories and any twists or interesting pictures.
    Then I will read aloud the script as a model for the children on how a fluent reader
    would sound.. If there is anytime left kids each get a script and read the WHOLE
    thing independently.
    I really talk up how actors practice the parts over and over to get it just right.
    They may try saying things different ways to see how it sounds. We are not
    memorizing these scripts but perfecting our voices.

       Day two: Kids sit in a small circle (about 5 or so) and read the script. No
    assigned parts, they just read whatever part comes next. It is pretty much round
    robin. Generally I do not do round robin, but for this activity I think it serves its
    purpose. I purposely DON'T assign parts yet because I want all the students to
    practice first. Then at the end of the day I try to let the kids pick the parts they
    want. Sometimes two or three kids will want the same part so I get them to choose
    a number between 1 and 10. The child with the number closest to the one I
    secretly choose, gets the part.

       Day three and four: Practice, Practice, Practice! We practice introducing the
    play (I usually give this to the student with the smallest part), introducing
    ourselves and parts (My name is ___ and I will be playing the part of the big bad
    wolf.), and standing up in our chairs and sitting! I like to line up the chairs and as
    students say their parts they stand up. We practice standing up first, then saying
    our part!

   Since I have two groups going at the same time, I work with one while the other
    practices and then I switch.
   A great activity to do on these days is to video tape each performance (make sure
    you have permission to videoed each child first!). Then watch the video as a whole
    class. Take the time to compliment each other and share what we liked. Then give
    time for students to brainstorm ways to make the performance better.

       Day five: Performance! We try to perform for a younger class, like a
    kindergarten or first grade class.
Name __________________________

                                         Sequencing Activity
                                      ARE YOU GRUMPY, SANTA?

Directions: Cut out the following sentence strips and put them in order of sequence from the story.

Santa jumps out of the bathtub because the shower water is freezing.

  Santa’s reindeer are buried hoof-to-antler in the snow.

  Santa fall on the floor because Mrs. Claus snores so loud.

  Santa travels to Paris, Italy, Pamplona, and Arizona

  Mrs. Claus puts Santa on a diet.

  Santa becomes un-grump-ified.

 Santa screams, “I’m a grumpy Santa Claus

  Santa finds a letter and a plate of cookies.

  Santa loses his cap at the North Pole.

  Santa trips over a toy train

  The elves shrink Santa’s suit.

  Santa grabs a chandelier and crashes to the floor.
Name __________________________
                                       Event Writing Activity
                                      Are You Grumpy, Santa?

Directions: Write a letter to Santa sharing some unusual ways to become UN-GRUMP-IFIED.
Draw a picture to match your letter.
Reader’s Theater: From the book:
ARE YOU GRUMPY SANTA? By Gregg & Evan Spiridellis
Synopsis of story: Between stubbing his little toe, having to wear the wooly suit that makes him itch, and
being put on a diet, Santa is having a very bad Christmas Eve.

4 narrators, Santa

Narrator 1: We all know Santa’s jolly, but there’s something else worth knowing.

Narrator 2: There are times when even Santa doesn’t feel like HO-Ho-Ho-ing!

Narrator 3: If you’ve never heard this story, you might be quite surprised.

Narrator 4: It’s about a grumpy Santa who became un-GRUMP-ified

Narrator 1: One night while Santa slept, dreams of Christmas in his head,

Narrator 2: a giant SNORE from Mrs. Claus blew him out of bed.

Narrator 3: He rolled across the bedroom floor…

Santa: “OOCHY! OUCHY! OH!”

Narrator 4: …then tripped over a bowling ball and stubbed his little toe!

Narrator 1: He was tired and his toe hurt, but he hopped into the tub.

Santa: “My big, round jelly belly sure could use a soapy scrub!”

Narrator 2: But when he turned the shower knob…

Santa: “Ahhhhh! This water’s freezing!”

Narrator 3: He jumped out of the bathtub now sniffling and sneezing.

Narrator 4: The elves defrosted Santa by the edge of a small fire,

Narrator 1: and tried to warm his favorite Santa suit inside the dryer.

Narrator 2: But the dryer shrank his suit, so they made a little switch,

Narrator 3: and replaced it with the woolly one that made him scratch and itch!

Narrator 4: At breakfast things got worse.

Santa: “There must be some mistake! What happened to my waffles, pancakes, sausage, eggs and

Narrator 1: (Mrs. Claus) “I want you on a diet. You’re so handsome when you’re thin!”
Narrator 2: A grouchy Santa mumbled,

Santa: “Today, I just can’t win.”

Narrator 3: Santa grabbed his gifts and headed out the door, but his fleet of flying reindeer weren’t
where they were before.

Narrator 4: When he finally found them, he shouted out,

Santa: “OH, NO!”

Narrator 1: His reindeer had been buried hoof-to-antler in the snow!

Narrator 2: The reindeer were still frozen; they flew out of control.

Narrator 3: They almost crashed the speeding sleigh into the striped North Pole!


Narrator 4: Santa yelled as he unfolded his map-

Narrator 1: Then a giant gust of wind blew up and stole poor Santa’s cap!

Narrator 2: At the first house on his list, Santa had no change of luck. He jumped into the chimney but
his belly got him stuck!

Narrator 3: He wiggled side to side, then gave a mighty push. He fell into the fireplace and sprained his
chubby tush!

Narrator 4: In Paris, he was chased by a tiny, growling poodle. In Italy, he slipped upon a rigatoni noodle.

Narrator 1: He was nearly trampled by a bull in beautiful Pamplona. He bumped into a Christmas tree in
Phoenix, Arizona.

Narrator 2: At the last house on his list, near the point of full despair, he tripped over a toy train and
flew up in the air!

Narrator 3: He grabbed the chandelier, then heard the ceiling CRACK! Poor Santa tumbled down and
landed on his back.

Santa: “I’m tired! My toe hurts! I’m hungry, and I’m freezing! My wool suit is so itchy! I’m sniffling and
sneezing! My head has got a bump! My tush is wrapped in gauze! I can’t take this anymore…I’M A

Narrator 4: Then suddenly he saw it, next to the Christmas tree. He walked over to inspect it, belly
grumbling hungrily.

Narrator 1: It was a card for Santa-painted on it was a wreath. And when he picked it up he found some
cookies underneath!

Narrator 2: As he read the note inside, his heart did nearly pause.
Narrator 3: “We made you all these cookies ‘cause we LOVE You Santa Claus.”

Narrator 4: Santa smiled and took a bite: the lesson was quite clear. When people do nice things for you,

ALL: the GRUMPIES disappear!

Narrator 1: Santa flew into the night, the winter moon aglow.

Narrator 2: He felt so good, he shouted out a hearty

Santa: “HO-HO-HO!”

Narrator 3: So remember, make them chocolate, silky smooth, or extra lumpy…

Narrator 4: Just be sure to leave some cookies, in case Santa’s feeling grumpy.

Santa Tear Art instructions:
Idea submitted by Lisa Strieker-Gr. 3
St. Paul Elementary
Highland, IL

Who’s hiding behind that fluffy white beard? Why Santa, of course! To make a Santa, tear a
beard shape from a 7”x 9” rectangle of white construction paper. Next tear the edges from a
3”x 6” rectangle of pink construction paper and glue the resulting face near the top of the
beard as shown. Tear a hat shape from an eight-inch square of construction paper and glue it
above the pink face. Tear the edges of a 3”x 9” strip of white construction paper and glue the
resulting hat band over the lower edge of the hat. Next fold the top of the hat to one side and
glue a cotton ball to the tip. Then cut two eyes and a nose from construction paper scraps and
glue them on the face. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

                                                                 Pink construction paper

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