I teach in a great area of Metro Atlanta that is a true melting pot. The diversity in my classroom is truly amazing. I have learned so much about other cultures and languages from my students. 

That being said, I can't do Christmas in my classroom anymore, so I thought I'd share an activity that I did a few years ago. 

After Thanksgiving break, I chose Flat Stanley's Christmas Adventure as our read aloud. It's short and sweet, and the kids were thrilled to hear that they would get to take Stanley home!

We were working on letter writing, and I thought it would be a fun way to learn more about my students and differing holiday traditions. It went so well! 

I chose to use two notebooks, since I had 25 students and I didn't have 25 school days until Christmas. Split in half, it took a little over two weeks to get the project done. 

I had a schedule taped inside the notebook, along with instructions and a pocket for Flat Stanley. 
(I had to take Flat Stanley out when I added these notebooks to our classroom library. As you can see from these pictures, these notebooks have been LOVED!)

You can find the introduction/instructions here

I created the first entry to be an example for my students and their parents, then glued it on the first pages in both of the notebooks. 

As I said, it was a HIT and these notebooks are still popular in my classroom library.

You can find templates for the old Stanley on FlatStanleyProject.com and the new Stanley (like I used) at FlatStanleyBooks.com.

You can find the Christmas Adventure book here. The paperback is a STEAL - only $2.88 right now!

Lastly, you can find a writing template for an extension/research activity here.