Lesson Plan

Wish Lists for Santa

Have you been naughty or nice this year? It’s time to find out! In this writing lesson, students will practice using invented spelling to write Christmas wish lists to Santa.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use invented spelling to compose a wish list to Santa.


(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that today they will be doing something that kids have been doing for over one hundred years.
  • Explain that they will be writing a list of Christmas wishes for Santa Claus.
  • Ask students to raise their hand if they have ever written a wish list to Santa. Ask them to share what types of things were on their lists.
  • Explain to students that their wish lists will be a list of things they would like from Santa this year. Support students to understand that their lists can contain anything they would like, including wishes for themselves such as specific toys, wishes for their friends/family such as a pet, and wishes for their community/world such as safety and peace.