Reading is Succeeding

Happy Holidays!

Using Holiday Songs as Teaching Tools

Do you know the story behind Jingle Bells? What is it really about? Jingle Bells is a great song to use when teaching students to use comprehension skills. Students are reading to find out the overall meaning, making inferences about the author's intentions and characters, and make connections from the historical setting to present day setting - all while singing.


Using a holiday song as a shared reading is an engaging and rigorous reading activity! TEKS that could be addressed using a song:


  • Making inferences about the character's goal
  • Making inferences about the setting
  • Drawing conclusions about the impact of the setting on the character's problem and the events of the story
  • Monitoring for comprehension by visualizing

Great Holiday Songs for Shared Reading:

  • Jingle Bells
  • You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  • Oh, Christmas Tree
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Last Christmas

(Reprinted from Kelly Harmon's Dec. newsletter)

Balance ... between Genre & Process

Ideas to consider with the new curriculum



  • When doing immersion - not teaching a specific book but teaching the process (with skills embedded).
  • When planning - consider the balance
Content (literature) vs. Process (strategies & skills)



  • What do you want students to be introduced to & what do you want them to master
  • What piece of literature can you connect with and teach the process

Valley Hi Spelling Bee

Thursday, Jan. 21st 2016 at 1pm

Valley Hi Cafetorium

The two finalist from each classroom will participate in Grades 2 thru 5 Spelling Bee.