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The Twelve Days of Christmas...Vacation

publication date: Dec 10, 2010
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author/source: Carol Montgomery

TheTwelveDaysofChristmasVacationNo Santa.  No elves.  Just twelve tongue-twisting days of Christmas... vacation.  Based on the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" ("12 Days of Christmas"), this rollicking rendition may motivate students to clean their rooms by the time they finish!  The curriculum links at the end even include math lessons for a variety of lesson plans.  Surely your students would have fun creating their own compositions of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"? 

Here is a short excerpt from this free Christmas Readers Theater script:

The Twelve Days of Christmas… Vacation

(12 Days of Christmas… Vacation)

By Carol Montgomery  ©2010



Reader 12:  The Twelve Days of Christmas…(pause) Vacation.

Reader 1:  On the first day of Christmas, my mother gave to me…
                  A coupon for a broom to clean my room.

Reader 2:  On the second day of Christmas, my mother
                  gave to me…
                  Two curly cookies!

Reader 1:  And a coupon for a broom to clean my room.

Reader 3:  On the third day of Christmas, my mother
                  gave to me…
                  Three shabby shoes.

Reader 2:  Two curly cookies!

Reader 1:  And a coupon for a broom to clean my room.

Reader 4:  On the fourth day of Christmas, my mother
                 gave to me…
                 Four fancy feathers.

Reader 3:  Three shabby shoes.

Reader 2:  Two curly cookies!

Reader 1:  And a coupon for a broom to clean my room.

Reader 5:  On the fifth day of Christmas, my mother gave to me
Five… lonely socks!  (continued...)

Click on the PDF link below to see the full printable version of the free Christmas Readers Theater script "The Twelve Days of Christmas...Vacation" ("The 12 Days of Christmas... Vacation").

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"The Twelve Days of Christmas...Vacation" ("The 12 Days of Christmas... Vacation"), a free Christmas Readers Theater script with curriculum links for lesson plans.

This script is also available in a shorter, two-page version for saving paper and page turnings.  I suggest you download the longer script (above) because it is the only one with the curriculum links and cover page with suggestions.  Click on the PDF link below to see the shortened version of "
The Twelve Days of Christmas...Vacation" ("The 12 Days of Christmas... Vacation").

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"The Twelve Days of Christmas...Vacation" ("The 12 Days of Christmas... Vacation"), a free Christmas Readers Theater script without curriculum links for lesson plans and without the cover page.




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