Happy Holidays, Everyone!
About six weeks ago I began working on ideas for a winter holiday Informational Text Pack. I settled on “5 Things You Didn’t Know about Christmas Songs.”
Searching the web looking for unusual facts that would grab the attention of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, I began running across surprising tidbits about tunes I listened to when I was a teen and the songs were brand new. (Ah! Nostalgia, how I love thee!) At other times, it was about titles that have been around for years, but there was always something jaw-dropping popping up on my screen. (Great invention, the Internet!)
In short, I had a ball with this one! I accumulated so many links and the-kids-will-like-this snippets, I spent almost as much time chiseling down the resources (and identifying the bad information) as I did in the writing. What struck me the most is how much history from the 40s, 50s, and 60s is floating around in the 5 tunes I chose. As a bonus, Wikimedia Commons had public domain photos of at least one person mentioned in every article. The finished product turned out to be a series of history lessons disguised as a fun reading activity, but we can keep the kids in the dark about that if we want!
My Christmas gift to you—my TpT followers and blog visitors—is a free copy of my favorite one from the bunch. This should fit nicely in your Before-the-Holidays Survival Kit.
a.k.a. Tony the Tiger
Vocalist: "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
If you decide you want it all, the full product is posted on TpT and my website, Taking Grades. It features “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “The Chipmunk Song.”
Have a long, restful holiday break!