A Christmas Carol Unit Study
A Christmas Carol is one of our favorite holiday read alouds! It is such a rich a wonderful piece of literature that it makes a beautiful holiday study. Here are some ideas to have your own holiday school unit study of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens (This is the only required book listed.)
A Christmas Carol audiobook recorded by Tom Baker
Cracked Classics- Humbug Holiday- Tony Abbott
Charles Dickens: A Life- Claire Tomalin
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England- Daniel Pool
The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London- Judith Flanders
Christmas Carols: Complete Verses (Dover Thrift Editions)- Shane Weller
Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What Are Similes and Metaphors? (Words are Categorical)- Brian P. Cleary
Mary Cratchit’s Recipes: the Dicken’s Village Christmas Carol Cookbook- Department 56 Inc.
TIME For Kids Big Book of Science Experiments: A step-by-step guide– Time for Kids
Mythology: Daedalus, Echo and Narcissus, the Fortunate King, Atalanta’s Lovers– Olivia E. Coolidge
Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible: An Illustrated A-to-Z Dictionary of the People and Places in Scripture- Stephen M. Miller
A Christmas CarolCracked Classics- Humbug HolidayCharles Dickens: A LifeWhat Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century EnglandThe Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ LondonChristmas Carols: Complete VersesSkin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What Are Similes and Metaphors? (Words are Categorical)Mary Cratchit’s Recipes: the Dicken’s Village Christmas Carol CookbookTIME For Kids Big Book of Science Experiments: A step-by-step guideMythology: Daedalus, Echo and Narcissus, the Fortunate King, Atalanta’s LoversWho’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible: An Illustrated A-to-Z Dictionary of the People and Places in Scripture
Don’t miss out on our Christmas Carol Movie Study!
Vocabulary from A Christmas Carol:
Have your children find the words below in the book for context clues and then look up the ones you don’t quite understand.
A Christmas Carol Copywork
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– Read a biography of Charles Dickens. (History, Language Arts)
– “Old Marley was as dead as a doornail,” is an example of a simile. Find out what a simile is and write five of your own. )Stave 1; Language Arts)
– “The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice.” Use the description of Scrooge in this passage to sketch a portrait of him. (Stave 1; Language Arts, Art)
– Using chalk pastels, illustrate how you envision the weather outside Scrooge’s counting house. (Stave 1; Art)
– Write a compare/contrast essay on Scrooge’s attitude towards Christmas vs. his nephew’s. (Stave 1; Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Character)
– Bob Cratchit’s salary is 15 shillings a week. How much is that? Would that be enough to live on today? (Stave 1; Math, Critical Thinking)
– How is fog formed? Browse through some books of science experiments or the internet to find an experiment that produces fog, or experiment a bit on your own to see what you can come up with. (Stave 1; Science, Critical Thinking)
– Learn the carol “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” Perform it for friends or neighbors. (Stave 1; Music, Social Studies)
– A Christmas Carol was written in 1843. Stave 1 provides a detailed description of what life was like in England in that era. Do some further research and write a report on 19th century England. (Stave 1; History, Language Arts)
– Scrooge’s large, empty house resonated with echoes. What causes echoes? Go into a large and empty room to try to make some echoes of your own. Consider reading the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus. (Stave 1; Language Arts, History, Science)
– Find and make a recipe for gruel. (Stave 1; Life Skills, Math, Science)
– Scrooge’s fireplace was decorated with tiles depicting the Scriptures. Read about Cain and Abel, Pharaoh’s daughter, Queen of Sheba, angelic messengers Abraham, Belshazzar, and the Apostles. (Stave 1; Bible, History, Language Arts)
– Create a charcoal drawing of Marley’s ghost. (Stave 1; Art)
– From what you’ve read about Scrooge so far, list the reasons he may have the same fate as Jacob Marley. (Stave 1, Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Social Studies)
– If Scrooge had slept from 2 am until 12 am the next day, how many hours of slumber would he have experienced? (Stave 2; Math)
– How many minutes past the hour is a quarter past? Half past? A quarter to? (Consider making a paper plate clock using brads and card stock for the hands for children needing practice with analog time.) (Stave 2; Math, Art)
– What is holly? Why is it used as a Christmas decoration? (Stave 2; Science, Language Arts, History)
– Scrooge declares he could walk the path to his old school blindfolded. Try walking through your house or yard blindfolded. (Stave 2; Science, Critical Thinking)
– Write about a time you felt lonely or left out, or write about a time you befriended someone who might be feeling that way. (Stave 2; Language Arts, Social Studies, Critical Thinking, Character)
– Listen to some fiddle tunes and dance to them as if you were at Fezziwig’s. (Stave 2; Music, Physical Education)
– Find a recipe for negus and make this hot drink. (Stave 2; Life Skills, Math, Science)
– Draw or paint a picture of how you imagine the Christmas decor of the room where the Ghost of Christmas Present first appears. (Stave 3; Art, Language Arts)
– What are your favorite Christmas foods? Write a list, choose one or two and make them. (Stave 3; Language Arts, Life Skills, Math, Science)
– Why do the poor need Christmas spirit the most? Think of some ways you can help lift the spirits of the less fortunate, and follow through on it. (Stave 3; Social Studies, Character, Life Skills)
– Pudding in the United States is quite different from English pudding. Find out how and make both of them. Have a taste test. Which do you like better? (Stave 3; Social Studies, Life Skills, Math, Science)
– Play a game of Yes and No, as described at Scrooge’s nephew’s (Fred’s) party. (Stave 3; Critical Thinking, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts)
– Paint a picture of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. (Stave 4; Art)
– Charles Dickens never specified what was wrong with Tiny Tim. What do you think he may have had, and why? Research your diagnosis and write a report. (Stave 4; Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Science)
– “Clash, clang, hammer, ding, and dong” are all examples of onomatopoeia. What is onomatopeia? (Stave 5; Language Arts)
– Scrooge buys a giant turkey for the Cratchits. Consider donating a turkey or non-perishable food to a food bank. (Stave 5; Character, Social Studies)
– Volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen with your family. (Stave 5; Character, Life Skills)
– What is a poulterer? Why do you think they’re called that? (Stave 5; Social Studies, Language Arts)
– Do you know of a family in need? How might you help them this holiday season? (Stave 5; Character, Social Studies)
– How would you like to be remembered when you’re gone? Are you living in a way that supports that? If not, how could you change for the better? Write an essay. (Stave 5; Character, Critical Thinking, Language Arts)
– Write an additional stave describing the Cratchit family’s reaction to learning of their new circumstances. (Stave 5; Character, Language Arts, Critical Thinking)
– Read Cracked Classics- Humbug Holiday, a fun spin-off of this book. Compare the two. (Stave 5; Language Arts)
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