Do you know how Santa got his job? Stephen Krensky does and he shares the details in his story, How Santa Got His Job. After reading the story, I talk to my students about the qualities that make Santa the right person for the job. Now you can do the same and create an anchor chart to use with your students.
The first thing you’ll want to do is get your anchor chart set up. You’ll need to print out the title letters and ornaments. You can find these here. After gluing the title to the top of the paper, you’ll need to draw and color in a Christmas tree to fill the rest of the space. Your students can help you glue the title into place and color in the tree to save time.
Then it’s time to read the story. If you aren’t familiar with How Santa Got His Job, here’s a quick summary. When Santa was young and needed a job, no one was looking for a man in a red suit to deliver gifts on Christmas. So Santa tried just about everything — from a chimney sweep to a postman to a circus performer. But none of these worked out. It wasn’t until he met a group of elves who helped him use all his special talents, that Santa was able to find his dream job. You can grab your own copy of this story on Amazon.
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After reading How Santa Got His Job and discussing all of the qualities that make Santa the right person for the job, give each student an ornament paper. After students finish writing their responses, students will cut out the ornament shapes and attach them to the tree.
Students always love to see their ideas on display!
This free download includes this printable graphic organizer. This can be used in place of the anchor chart or for students to complete as an extension activity.
If you’re looking to spend more time with this story, you might enjoy this book companion. It has comprehension and vocabulary activities along with a sequencing activity and two directed drawings.
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