Who knew that such a fun and educational book would spark such creativity? My co-worker found this book while browsing the bookstore one day. I am so glad she shared it with us because it is FABULOUS! My students loved it (and so did I)!!!!
My original plan was to read it aloud and assign pairs of students to a "day". Each "day" teaches the reader about a Texas State symbol such as the state tree, state motto, etc. Well, I decided to read the original Twelve days of Christmas first. I had so many kids tell me that they didn't know that a song could be a book so we had an impromptu lesson on poetry and songs. Then I read aloud The Twelve days of Christmas in Texas. I made a comment that the author was so smart to fit Texas facts and symbols in a poem we all knew and create a book. Next thing I know I have my class begging.....yes, I said begging....me to let them create their own versions on the Twelve days of Christmas. I didn't expect this idea to be very successful but how could I say no? Boy oh boy, am I glad I didn't say no!
The students grouped themselves and picked their own topics. I have 6 groups of kiddos writing 6 different songs and creating books. By the end of next week we should have 6 new books: The Twelve Days of Christmas - Star Wars Edition (The first line being: One the first day of Christmas George Lucas gave to me...), The Twelve Days of Christmas - Music (On the first day of Christmas Usher gave to me, a song called O.M.G).... then we have one based around animals, one about video games, about horses, and about longhorns. My students are amazing! They are soooooo creative! It doesn't matter what level they are they are ALL doing incredible! We decided that they will perform their songs to some other classes, create a book mimicking the original and then even turn it into a photo story with the kids narrating it. I will post the finished products when they are done but I just had to share this book (and my kiddo's idea!). Hope this inspires you to try something similar with your class!
You can search amazon to see if they have Twelve days of Christmas in your state here: