K - 3 Learning Pages:
Resources for Kindergarten to Grade 3 teachers

 Holidays- Christmas Folk Characters

Tomten -
Astrid Lindgren introduced us to the Scandinavian tomten with her books The Tomten and The Tomten and the Fox,  and lately Jan Brett with her book Hedgie's Surprise. Melissa Peterson also includes a tomten in her book Hannah's Christmas.

Tomte - http://www.sweden.org.za/tomte.html One of Sweden's most beloved mythological characters

Jan Brett's News Notes: http://www.janbrett.com/newsnotes/hedgies_surprise_newsnotes.htm

The Tomten Page -

Legend of the Nissen & Tomten - https://www.ingebretsens.com/culture/traditions/legend-of-nisse-and-tomte

Jan Brett has made the troll, a being who is SOOOO ugly that he is BEAUTIFUL!,  popular again in her books - Christmas Trolls and Trouble with Trolls. If you students are fascinated with these little creatures, here are some sites to extend their learning.

Troll Collector's Corner - http://www.trollshop.net/trolls/ For the serious trollster!

Pinterest: Troll Crafts - https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/165225880060578568/ quite a few ideas

Field Guide to Trolls in North America - http://www.trolls.com/guidetable.htm A one page summary.

Jan Brett's Piggyback Page for Trouble with Trolls - http://www.janbrett.com/piggybacks/piggybacks_trouble_with_trolls.htm

Jan Brett's Troll Pencil Topper - http://www.janbrett.com/make_a_pencil_topper.htm

How to Make Trolls' Clothing - http://www.ehow.com/how_9673_make-felt-clothing.html - If you are creating your own trolls!

Trolls of Norway - https://owlcation.com/social-sciences/troll-of-norway

Elves - This was so hard to research! You either get the Dark side, or the ELF movie... but these sites are reasonable.

Wikipedia - Definition of Elves - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf

Commonly Asked Questions About Elves - http://petcaretips.net/santa-claus-elf-questions.html

Jan Brett's Drawing of Santa and his Elves -  http://www.janbrett.com/santa_and_his_elves.htm

We Are Santa's Elves - http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/xmas/wearesantaselves.shtml Burl Ives lyrics.

Elf Cam - https://santa-claus-blog.emailsanta.com/the-new-santa-claus-webcam/

Elf Entrance - http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/211.shtml Instructions on making an "elf" doorway.

Elf Academy - http://www.northpole.com/Academy/ The elf school has wonderful activities for you to print off and use in your class.

Elf School - http://www.claus.com/elfschool/index.php A few interactive activities.

Pinterest: Elf Craft Ideas - https://www.pinterest.ca/santalove/elf-crafts-and-activities/?lp=true

Grinch -

I wonder if Dr. Seuss ever imagined how this cranky character could become so ingrained as a popular Christmas folk character?

Pinterest: Grinch - https://www.pinterest.ca/explore/grinch/?lp=true Unbelievable how many ideas

Wikipedia: Grinch - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grinch