We all see beautiful poinsettias all over during Christmas time, but not everyone know where this tradition comes from. This is why I wanted to introduce the book El Milagro de la primera flor de Nochebuena to my class.
During our reading comprehension block, my students have been learning about Literary Elements, such as, characters, setting, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end. This book was perfect to review these elements, and also to introduce Christmas tradition's season.
In addition to Literary Elements, we also reviewed some basic parts of a book, such as, cover, back, tittle, author and illustrator. We still need to work on nonfiction books!
Characters - Personajes
Setting - Lugar/ escenario
Problem - Problema
Solution - Solución
Beginning - Inicio
Middle - Parte media/desarrollo
End - Final
As a closing activity, my class was able to create their own Poinsettias. I took the pattern from this website, if you are interested. I just used red and green construction paper to create the flowers and a few yellow squares in the middle.
Below is another version of the story written by Tomie dePaola and narrated by a little reader: