Christmas Ornament Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the history and types of Christmas ornaments. After a shared reading, students will have a discussion about Christmas ornaments and then create their own ornament and write about its symbolism.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe how Christmas ornaments have evolved over time
  • Design an original ornament
  • Create a story about the symbolism of an original ornament


This lesson will take approximately 45-60 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

This lesson is aligned to the following Common Core standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10

By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


  • Multiple copies of the text (one per student)
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Various Christmas ornament craft supplies (Styrofoam balls, foam, glitter, rhinestones, etc.)
  • Blank writing paper
  • Multiple copies of the quiz (one per student)

Lesson Instructions

  • Distribute the text to students. Keep a copy for yourself. Engage the students in the text with a shared reading.
  • Prior to reading, draw a blank timeline on the chart paper.
  • Stop after each section of the text to add events to the timeline. Ask students what were the key details of ornaments during the time period described in the section of the text. Summarize student responses on the timeline.

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