There’s something about this time of year that has me reaching for stories that touch my heart. Little Red Sleigh is one of those books that combines big dreams and perseverance with a little Christmas magic. Here are a handful of printable and digital Little Red Sleigh activities you can use in the classroom or at home.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by: Erin Guendelsberger
Illustrated by: Elizaveta Tretyakova
The Little Red Sleigh has one big dream―to one day become Santa’s big red sleigh! But all her life, she’s been told she’s too small, she’s too young, she can’t fly, and she certainly can’t meet Santa. Well, this Christmas, with the help of some friends, she’s determined to do the impossible.
If you don’t already have a copy of this book in your school or classroom library, you can find it on Amazon.
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LITTLE RED SLEIGH ACTIVITIES
This book companion has a large focus on comprehension and vocabulary. This resource has 12 questions to help guide the discussion as you read. Students can also respond to these questions in writing.
After reading the book, students can put the story back together with this sequencing activity.
Once students have practiced sequencing the story, they are ready to retell or summarize. There are several different graphic organizers to choose from. Students can also focus on the story with this story elements spinner.
For vocabulary, I selected 12 words and phrases for this story. Each vocabulary card has a matching definition. Students can play a memory matching game or use the cards in a pocket chart center. To continue working with these words, students can complete the fill-in-the-blanks page or vocabulary match-up activity.
This resource also includes a word search, a maze, and a color-by-code activity to pair with the book.
LITTLE RED SLEIGH CRAFT
After reading the book, students can put together this sleigh craft.
This craft includes printable templates so students can create a sleigh (shown above). I have included several suggestions for writing prompts, but you can always choose your own. If you don’t have time to do the writing piece, the craft can stand alone.
LITTLE RED SLEIGH DIGITAL ACTIVITIES
With many classrooms going paperless, I decided to add some digital options to this book companion. In addition to the printable PDF, you will find a Google Slides link that can be used with Google Classroom. I have also included a fillable student PDF. Please note: these digital options do not include the sleigh craft. Instead, there is a slide with a clipart image and a text box for a student response.
You can find all of these activities in my Little Red Sleigh book companion.
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