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It’s winter. You might need a movie. And so here is a list of Holiday Movies with Objectives. These are very loose objectives/activities (to help you fill out the approval form just in case you need to get it approved). Some are Christmas in theme and some are just about winter. Either way, you will have to make the decision on which movies work for your students and expectations from your administration.
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Holiday Movies with Objectives
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – Students will write about how they can be good friends.
The Grinch – The students will create a how-to plan to make a grinch’s heart grow, using the sequencing words first, then, and last.
If you Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie – The students will write about how they would feel if they participated in a pageant. (Free for Amazon Prime Members)
The Polar Express – The students will write what their Christmas wish is.
Charlie Brown’s Christmas – The students will compare Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree at the beginning of the movie to the tree at the end of the movie.
The Night Before Christmas – The students will write about a time they never gave up.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – The students will describe where Santa lives and why he lives there.
Ice Age Christmas Special – The students will make a list of ways they can spread kindness.
Arthur’s Christmas – The students will make a plan to deliver presents on Christmas Eve for Santa.
Caillou’s Holiday Movie – The students will list 3 facts about how people celebrate the holiday season around the world.
Little Drummer Boy – The students will write about a time they gave generously to someone.
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas – The students will identify the cause and effect of Curious George’s actions throughout the story.
Franklin’s Christmas Gift – The students will create a list of needs and want.
Annabelle’s Wish – The students will write a journal entry about if they could fly.
Toot and Puddle Home for Christmas – The students will compare and contrast how the two spend the holiday.
And a few that aren’t so a holiday in theme but still work well in the winter.
The Snowman – The students will write about what kind of adventure they would go on with their very own snowman.
Frosty the Snowman – The students will create a sequence of steps for building a snowman.
Snowy Day – The students will create a list of activities they could do on a snowy day. (Free for Amazon Prime Members)
The Stick Man – The students will create their family tree using drawings. (Free for Amazon Prime members)
Happy Feet – Students will describe the characteristics of Penguins.
Frozen: Students will look for and describe the characteristics of winter.
Did I miss any? Which holiday movies would you add to this list?