Close Reading: Holiday Edition!

This week we welcomed December with a Close Reading about Reindeer! They really loved it and did such a cute job with their annotations. As they get more comfortable with that process it is so fun to see what words and phrases they choose to make note of. One little guy of mine who is   s  l  o  w   to get going on his writing everyday was so motivated by the reindeer facts. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much time he took, and the words he remembered from the readings that he wanted to write about. So cute how proud he was of his work  :o)
We did a simple little art activity too, of course the glittered red noses went over big!
This is one of the Close Reading passages along with lots of writing response pages, vocabulary cards etc.  available in my Close Reading for Kindergarten & First Grade: The Holiday Edition!

Tomorrow I will share this quick 2 minute clip with real reindeer in action before we do our writing…
Here it is if you're interested!


  1. I am intrigued by your close reading lessons. Do you read the passages to the class and help them to underline the vocabulary words? How many reads do you do? These seem like such challenging passages for kindergartners, yet I know the CCSS call for rigor and for close readings. I have been looking for a way to add this to my instruction without my kinders "checking out" due to difficulty. Any advice on getting started would be appreciated!

  2. I took a chance and purchased this, and ALL my questions were answered!! What a beautiful job you do of breaking this down for the teacher as well as these little learners. I can't wait to get started on Monday!

    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you found the directions helpful, let me know how the lessons go! :o)