As St. Nick and eight tiny reindeer descend through a brilliant night sky, the famous Christmas poem begins.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a description of, or a poem about, the things that happen in your home on the night before Christmas.
- Can you find all the rhyming words in the story?
- Could you add a new verse to the poem?
- Write your own letter to Father Christmas, explaining what you would like for Christmas this year and why you think you deserve it.
- Can you find any examples of similes in the poem?
- Read the description of St. Nicholas in the poem. Can you write a description of another person in a similar style?
- Make your own list of words / phrases to describe Father Christmas.
- There are a number of different books that are based on this poem. Can you look at some of them and describe how they are similar / different? Which is your favourite?
- Can you make some instructions to teach people how to look after a reindeer?
- Can you make a multimedia presentation showing different verses / scenes from the poem? Could you find or draw pictures that match different parts?
- Try recording your own retelling of the poem. Can you add music / sound effects at appropriate points? Watch some of these videos for inspiration:
- Try making a model sleigh for Santa to deliver his presents in.
- Design some of the stockings that are ‘hung by the chimney with care’ (see Resources below).
- Create a storyboard showing scenes from different parts of the poem.
- Draw some pictures of Father Christmas, his sleigh and his reindeer. Look at different photos and illustrations for inspiration.
- Make some moving Father Christmas / reindeer characters (see Resources below).
- Can you compose a tune for the poem? Watch this video for some ideas:
- Find out the different names that people around the world call Father Christmas / St. Nicholas.
- How do people in different countries celebrate Christmas?