An entertaining and thought-provoking book to use during the holiday time in the classroom is The Last Holiday Concert, by Andrew Clements!
From the Back Cover:
For Hart Evans, being the most popular kid in sixth grade has its advantages. Kids look up to him, and all the teachers let him get away with anything -- all the teachers except the chorus director, Mr. Meinert. When Hart's errant rubber band hits Mr. Meinert on the neck during chorus practice, it's the last straw for the chorus director, who's just learned he's about to lose his job due to budget cuts. So he tells the class they can produce the big holiday concert on their own. Or not. It's all up to them. And who gets elected to run the show? The popular Mr. Hart Evans.
Hart soon discovers there's a big difference between popularity and leadership, and to his surprise, discovers something else as well -- it's really important to him that this be the best holiday concert ever, and even more important, that it not be the last.
The Last Holiday Concert is a great book to help students develop great empathy for their teachers and the challenges they face. It also helps students see that things aren't always as easy as they seem and problems may not always have simple solutions.
Right now the December, 5th grade Scholastic Book Order is offering The Last Holiday Concert for only $1! This is a fantastic time to stock up for your classroom library or build up a classroom set for a novel unit study or literature circles!
Head to Scholastic and save today! Work this fantastic, classic children's novel into your classroom this year. You, and your students, will not be sorry!
Please check out my Common Core aligned The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit Study available in my store.