How Santa Got His Job Resource Set

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How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky

Finding the perfect job isn’t easy. Hired and fired many times, Santa had lots jobs before he became the “man in the red suit”. Readers will delight in this unique story about Santa’s past, which makes it a smart choice for mini lessons focused on determining importance, making connections, synthesizing, understanding text structure, and visualizing skills.

Teach with How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Rhyming Family Words
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core Alignment
  • Determining Importance: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Connections: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Synthesizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Visualizing: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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    How Santa Got His Job Resource Set

    Determining Importance with How Santa Got His Job

    As Santa is hired and fired on his path to become "you-know-who", students will find it easy to identify the important skills that he takes away from each of his different jobs. Use this determining importance mini lesson with Stephen Krensky's How Santa Got His Job to help your readers pay attention to the important details as they read.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Making Connections with How Santa Got His Job

    Connecting to the unknown side of Santa in How Santa Got His Job is great fun for readers. The new twist involving a very well know main character provides ample opportunities for your students to make connections to themselves, between texts, and to the real world.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.6 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Synthesizing with How Santa Got His Job

    Readers can use their vast background knowledge about Santa to help them synthesize the new information presented in How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky. This paired mini lesson points out ideal places to pause while reading and think about how the details of Santa's work history fit together.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.10 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Understanding Text Structure with How Santa Got His Job

    How Santa Got His Job is an engaging example of a problem and solution text structure for your students to work with. Each job in Santa's work history presents a new problem that needs to be solved. Students will enjoy using this mini lesson to see how all of the solutions come together at the end of the story!
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.3 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    Visualizing with How Santa Got His Job

    Teach your readers to increase their understanding of the story by using the author's words to create a "movie in their mind". Use Stephen Krensky's How Santa Got His Job and this mini lesson focused on visualizing to discover smart places for your students to stop while reading and check their thinking.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.10 RL.3.5 RL.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8

    How Santa Got His Job Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    How Santa Got His Job Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of How Santa Got His Job. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    How Santa Got His Job Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of How Santa Got His Job.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    How Santa Got His Job Word Work - Suffix -ing

    How Santa Got His Job is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about suffix -ing. Either download the How Santa Got His Job Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4

    How Santa Got His Job Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy How Santa Got His Job, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the How Santa Got His Job Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

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