This Christmas Scrapbook has always been one of my absolute favorite activities with my students. The excitement is high and students (and teachers) are eager to capture the excitement of the season and use it academically.
This unique scrapbook is made from small brown paper bags, giving it a fun and authentic feel. But don’t worry. You can also print it out on regular paper and staple it together. It’s a fantastic way for students to capture their excitement about Christmas, and as a parent, you’ll love looking back on their precious memories.
But this scrapbook is more than just cute – it’s a great tool for student writing. During this busy time of year, we need all the motivating activities we can get to keep our students focused.
The pages are short and sweet, with a question or writing prompt, a few lines for a response, and space for a picture. I usually require my students to write at least two sentences per page, and even though it’s not much, they still moan and groan! But don’t worry, the pages are manageable for students, and the questions aren’t too difficult.
– A special gift for a special person would be…
– A time I’ve been naughty…
– A time I’ve been nice…
You get the idea! Get ready to create memories with this fabulous Christmas scrapbook.
There are also three half-page sized pages included that are great for a longer response and fit nicely into the pockets that make these bag books so special.
I’ve assigned the pages as part of morning work, which could also be assigned as center work. You may want to have students construct their responses on a “sloppy copy” or rough draft prior to writing them in the scrapbooks – it all depends on how much time you have.
There are 15 different pages included, and you have total control over which pages you select, the number you choose, and the order in which they are used. You can use as many as 3 or 4 bags or just one. I use two bags, which gives me a total of 8 pages, including the front and back covers.
The supplies are pretty basic, and you have most of them already in your classroom. The bags are inexpensive and easy to find. They’re usually in the section of the store with foil, Saran Wrap, and Baggies. I got a pack of 100 brown bags for under $4. There are white lunch sized bags available also if you like the clean look of white.
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Happy Holidays and Keep your Sanity! 🙂