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This 5-senses Christmas poem will add phonemic awareness and variety to your Christmas concert


Language Arts  


PreK, K  

Title – Five Christmas Senses
By – Elaine Engerdahl
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – Kindergarten/Preschool

Brief Description

Christmas is an ideal time to introduce younger children to the use of their five senses. The poem below can be used in a shared reading experience. Applying the follow-up activities is a valuable learning opportunity.
I see the Christmas tree
And children on Santa’s knee
I smell the cookies I make
And the Christmas cake
I hear bells ringing
And children singing
I taste the Christmas sweets
And all the other treats
I feel the Christmas toys
Made for girls and boys
A picture version of the poem can be found at


  • Children will understand the concept that the use of their five senses is important in their daily lives.
  • Children will gain a better understanding of phonemic awareness by being introduced to the rhymes within the poem.
  • Children will be able to apply what they have learned through reading the poem and the related follow-up activities.

Materials Needed

  • Overhead transparency or chart paper to transfer My Five Christmas Senses Poem for a shared reading experience.
  • Computer access, PowerPoint and projector (optional)

Lesson Plan

The teacher will present the poem My Five Christmas Senses Poem for shared reading. The poem is used to discuss the five senses and introduce rhyme as a phonemic awareness activity.

Follow-up Activities

Find other words that rhyme with the ones in the poem (similar word families).
Make a predictable chart with the children finishing the sentence

      At Christmas I taste turkey. (by Sarah)


    At Christmas I see lights. (by Rebecca)

The sentences the children dictate can be printed or typed and placed in the Writing Center. The child glues their sentence on a piece of paper and illustrates it. This can be made into a class big book.

These illustrations and sentences can also be scanned and made into a powerpoint presentation. Using the projector the children can read their sentence or sentences to their parents for an entertaining evening. Combine this with singing Christmas songs. (Wonderful variation to the Christmas Concert idea.)

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