Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 | Resources

Night Tree

Suggested Age: Grades K-2

Submitted by Imelda Corpuz-Amano, School Librarian, Manoa Elementary School

Book: Night Tree by Eve Bunting


Activities: Pre-reading and Post-reading Activities



  1. Chat with your child(ren) about what happens at Christmas (focusing on gift giving), the best gifts they’ve gotten and some of the best gifts they’ve given. What about gifts that don’t cost much? How are those gifts made?     OR
  2. Chat with your child(ren) about the meaning of the word, tradition. If the child does not know, tell them that it is something special that happens once a week, once a month or once a year. Examples include Halloween, Christmas, birthdays.
  3. Say, “After we read this story, see if you can tell me what the tradition is in the story. (What does the family do every year in winter that doesn’t cost too much to do?)
  4. Read the story, “Hand Wreath” aloud.
  5. Chat again about gifts and tradition.


Activity: Hand Wreath


  • Colored paper marker or pencil
  • Glue
  • Ribbons
  • Beads
  • Scissors


  1. Trace your hand on the colored paper.
  2. Cut out the traced hands (need at least 10 traced hands).
  3. Glue them together into a round shape.
  4. Decorate hand wreath with ribbons, beads, glitter, crayons, etc.

RELATED BOOKS: The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown and The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston