Sunday, November 29, 2015

Christmas Wish Mini Lesson and Bulletin Board!

I love Christmas time with my firsties!

This is a bulletin board my mom did for 30 years and I plan to carry on the tradition. 

First, I hang my reindeer on my bulletin board:

Then I read my students A Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson

We make a circle map as a class to brainstorm all the things we would wish for this Christmas. After reading this story - I guide students to make choices like: World Peace, Food for all the Hungry, My Grandma not to Be Sick...etc. 

Then students create this quick and very easy craftivity:

They write at least one sentence about what their wish for Christmas is, then color around the lines/the back! I even let them use a little glitter glue :)

Last I hang the ornaments from the Reindeer Antlers. 

The students came up with some of the SWEETEST Christmas Wishes:

Enjoy this freebie in your classroom!

Happy Teaching 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Christmas Writing Activity: What Should Mrs. Claus get Santa for Christmas?

This year we will be completing this fun writing activity in my classroom!

First we will read:

Then we will discuss Santa's LONG journey around the world. How TIRED he must be. How he probably needs new clothes, new mittens, maybe a new sleigh!

Then I pose the question: What do you think Mrs. Claus should get Santa for Christmas? (Keeping in mind everything we just discussed). 

I encourage students to think of things Santa may really need (and they always come up with pretty funny ones, like a trip to the Bahamas!)

After we brainstorm as a class, students will use the brainstorming worksheets, rough draft paper and final draft paper to complete their writing!

This is always a fun activity and I can't wait to see what my students come up with this year. 

If you would like to complete this project check it out in my tpt store HERE!

Happy Teaching!

Mrs. Bell

Saturday, November 21, 2015

November Thankful Turkey Bulletin Board

Changing my bulletin board is sometimes the LAST thing I want to do at the end of a long day. But, I L-O-V-E how excited my kiddos get when they see the new board for their projects!!

This month I went with a giant Thankful Turkey. Here is my progression:

I used my smart board to trace circles on the different sized papers and I free handed the rest. He turned out pretty stinkin' cute!

Next, I had the students write a sentence describing what they are thankful for this year onto their Turkey Feathers. I had so much fun reading all the things they were thankful for! Most were thankful for their family, friends, pets and their teacher! Melts my heart.

Here is what the bulletin board ended up looking like at the end of the season with their Thanksgiving Narratives:

I created a PDF version of my bulletin board so I would have it for years to come! If you would like to create your own "Thankful Turkey" you can find it at my tpt store HERE!

Happy Teaching!

Mrs. Bell