Over the past two weeks our 4th grade students participated in a compare and contrast project. Â We studied the poem T’was Night Before Christmas, written by Clement C. Moore. Â Our class had 18 different copies of the book,Â The Night Before Christmas. Â Students completed a compare and contrast activity researching the publisher, copyright, cost of the book and more.
Each version of the book had unique illustrations and elements. Â Students used fantastic detail and language as they wrote about the various images and pictures. Â A few examples of student writing include:
“I noticed the ground was kind of faded and you could see Santa flying in the sky. Â The sky was blue, purple and a bit light blue.” – Caybree
“Jan Brett’s style is like an old wood cabin feel. Â I noticed so much detail.” – Brevon
“The illustrator used a lot of patterns in the book. It looked like someone glued the pieces together to create the pictures. The cover even looks like it is snowing.” – Makayla
“In the version Christopher Wormell illustrated his pictures were very real. Â This book had a lot of WOW to it.” – Chase
Yesterday we attended the play, The Night Before Christmas told from the perspective of the mouse. Â This was an exciting performance featuring a multigenerational cast and crew. Â We are impressed by the high quality performances the Stampede Theatre Troupe create and share with our community.
We ended our day by watching a short animated movie, The Night Before Christmas, also told from the perspective of the mouse. Â The movie version was very different from the play. Â Students used a Venn Diagram to take notes and compare the different versions of “The Night Before Christmas”. Â What a fun learning activity! Â If your child wants to challenge themselves further, encourage them to memorize the famous Christmas poem. Â The Poetry Foundation has a printable version. Â Our long break from school will allow plenty of time to read and practice this classic poem.
“But I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”
(originally published in 1823)