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New Orleans actor-musician Roland \"Butch\" Caire Jr. stars in a one-man musical that takes a Christian approach to the legend of Santa Claus, starting with the childhood of St. Nicholas and emphasizing that the traditions of Christmas are an outgrowth of Christian love and giving. Meet Santa after the show. Production is aimed at children from pre-kindergarten through third grade, though all may enjoy it. What was St. Nicholas like as a child? How did he become the person we call Santa Claus? Why is Santa called different names in different countries? How did stockings by the chimney begin? And just how does he manage to bring gifts to children all over the world? Most importantly, he reminds us that the traditions of Christmas are an outgrowth of Christian love and giving. This critically acclaimed show warms hearts in kids from 1 to 92. The Amazing True Story of Santa Claus traverses history and culture to reflect on the many traditions that are part of the Christmas holiday. This Study Companion investigates these traditions and provides opportunities for further consideration of the meaning behind Christmas. During these investigations, students will reflect on the interactions between family traditions and settings and how creating the imagery of a setting can connect to mathematical concepts that include shapes, area and perimeter, 4 | P a g e learn about parts of speech, read a poem well-loved for generations and investigate the poem’s authorship. In Exploring Santa Traditions: All in the Family students will learn about Christmas traditions from other parts of the world, brainstorm about their own family’s traditions, develop their own narrative descriptive essay about family traditions, create their own crayon resist to illustrate their essay and then transform their artwork into a design for a possible set for a production about Christmas. This lesson also builds on mathematical concepts students learn in preschool: shape recognition and identification. As an example, a shape made of straight lines with four equal sides is a square, a shape made of three straight lines is a triangle, a shape made of straight lines where the sides opposite each other (parallel) are equal is a rectangle and so forth. In this lesson, we will expand on students’ understanding of both shapes and measurement by exploring them through the lens of set design. In Exploring Santa Traditions: Timeline students will further reflect on the presence of Santa in the United States, beginning with the first mention of Santa in an American newspaper in 1773. The Amazing True Story of Santa Claus: Anagrams for Christmas guides students as they reflect on another version of the story of Santa (as told in Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation.) Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation incorporates an anagram as a plot devise. Students will reflect on how the Phineas and Ferb Christmas story uses an anagram, look at possible ideas for other Christmas anagrams and then create their own. In The Amazing True Story of Santa Claus: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Mad Lib students will learn about parts of speech, read a poem well-loved for generations, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and then create their own version using JPAS Mad Libs. ’Twas the Night Before Christmas: Moore or Livingston? dives deeper into this well-known and well-loved poem, investigating its authorship. Was it really written by Henry Livingston, or someone else?

Subjects:

  • Mathematics > Algebra
  • Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > Geography
  • Mathematics > Geometry
  • Social Studies > Global Awareness
  • Language Arts > Grammar, Usage & Mechanics
  • Social Studies > History/Local
  • Language Arts > Listening & Speaking
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Mathematics > Measurement
  • Mathematics > Patterns
  • Mathematics > Problem Solving
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension
  • Language Arts > Research
  • Social Studies > Research
  • Language Arts > Story Telling
  • Social Studies > Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Language Arts > Vocabulary
  • Social Studies > World History
  • Language Arts > Writing

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10

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English

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Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.2b: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.

CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.1: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.1: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.

CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.2: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.

CCSS.Math.Content.3.G.A.1: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.

CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.2: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
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February 26, 2019

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