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Baking Sugarplums into Lessons

Teach children comprehension using the classic holiday poem Twas the Night Before Christmas Teaching Comprehension”Twas the Night Before… and then giving it a new twist with a version that includes the line “The puppies were squeaking / An old rubber mouse”. Finally, says Diane Brauner, writing on the Paths to Technology blog, get students to write their own “Night Before” poems. Along the way, build basic reading skills and vocabulary, and learn contractions and rhyming. Who ever knew so much learning could be contained in one holiday classic?

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