Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Fun!

We've been having so much fun in room 421 this holiday season! 

I am always the first person to go for a craftivity. But can I just tell you how nice it was to do a writing project that also didn't involve a huge cute and paste art project? My writing block is VERY tiny - so it was so nice to actually do a writing project that was easy and enjoyable for the students. 

All that was left for me to do was slap on the world's laziest fireplace and we were ready to go ;)

These print and go Christmas themed literacy centers have got my students SO EXCITED about writing! Every night our elf on the shelf Mr. Sparkles flies back to the North Pole and delivers our letters and Christmas lists to Santa and his helpers. The students have even received a note back from Santa ;)

Mr. Spakles Came in like a Wreckkkinggg Ballllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.............

That was in my head all day as Mr. Sparkles hung on his snowflake and watched the students. Elf on the shelf is in FULL SWING! Follow me on instagram for fun elf on the shelf ideas. 

Our Bulletin Board:

My students were so thoughtful creating their Wish for Christmas ornaments! We first read The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
Then we talked about scarcity, how some people don't receive toys for Christmas, etc. 
Then with the real spirit of Christmas in mind, students write their Christmas wishes. 

Our Classroom Door:

Because who doesn't love olaf?!

Next Week:

We have been collecting supplies, washing out milk cartons and counting down the days until our gingerbread house day! My students could not be more excited.

As much as I love December, I am ready for all my hyper little friends to come back from Christmas break rested and ready to learn again ;)

Happy Teaching 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Print & Go Christmas Literacy Centers

My students had so much fun today with our new Christmas writing and word work centers!! I barely gave them any prompting and they took off! Our mailbox to the North Pole was stuffed full at the end of the day. 

Here are some of my student's letters to the North Pole! They are so funny!

I used these templates during my Daily 5 Centers, and let the students free write and come up with whatever they wanted. Their creativity always blows me away!!

You can find them in my TPT store HERE!

Happy Teaching, 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Quick & Easy Christmas Themed Literacy Centers!

We've been having allot of fun in our classroom with Mr. Sparkles, our Elf on the Shelf from the North Pole!

Tomorrow, Mr. Sparkles will be delivering our very own classroom mailbox straight from the North Pole!

During our Daily 5 block, students will be able to write letters to Santa, make Christmas Lists or Lists for others! They will put their letters in this mailbox and every night, Mr. Sparkles will deliver them to Santa's Workshop!

I created this Literacy Center Pack for my students to use when they write their letters to Santa. 

In the pack there are 3 Different Letter Templates, 12 Christmas Words ready to print & hang, and 2 different word work worksheets!

I love making things that are quick and easy to print and go!

You can find this pack in my TPT store HERE!

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Bulletin Board FREEBIE!

Click HERE to find it in my tpt store!

Hi All! My Easy Reindeer bulletin board is COMPLETE! Once I made and laminated the Reindeer, he is set for years to come. YAY! 

I completed the reindeer using my Christmas Bulletin Freebie!

Find it in my TPT store HERE!

The students had so much fun creating these cute and simple ornaments! They brainstormed their Christmas Wishes after we read the book: A Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Anderson. We also discussed scarcity and the difference between wants and needs. 

Here are a few of the sample wishes:

They were so sweet and thoughtful! They make our hallway a brighter place. 

Happy Teaching!