If you have not already been introduced this cute Christmas tail of Too Many Tamales then sit down and enjoy this sweet story of Maria who is joining her family tradition of Christmas Tamales. In the midst of making the tamales she tries on her mom’s wedding ring and looses it in the mix. The story takes a funny turn when Maria and her cousins try to eat their way out of getting caught.
If you don’t already own the story or have time to run to the library, then you can watch the read aloud below.
This short Unit is part of the Grab and Go Holiday Lessons that are part of the 12 Days of Homeschooling Series. If you haven’t already caught the rest of the series, be sure to check it out here and don’t forget to sign up for the Giveaway!
Too Many Tamales
After you have read or listened to the story have your student work on the different story elements by identifying the characters, setting, problem and solution. Depending on their age, they can either write it or draw it in the boxes.
Since the story is about making tamales it’s the perfect time to work on on story sequencing with this graphic organizer.
Get your students talking with this writing paper, where they can share how they would have handled the situation of loosing the ring in the tamales.
Your students will have fun answering these discussion questions that will allow them to share about their own traditions and ideas about the story.
Every family has their own Christmas or holiday traditions when it comes to meals. Have your students share what their favorite traditions are using this worksheet.
Finish up the lesson by working on their money counting skills. They can pretend that Maria needs to go the grocery store to purchase the items for making tamales. Count the coins in each box and decide what item she can buy with that amount.
Grab these great printables below.
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Or Take a peak at all the different lessons by clicking through them below.
Day 3: Gingerbread Baby
Day 4: The Biggest Best Snowman
Day 5: The Polar Express
Day 6: A Christmas Carol