1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Craftivities And Games With Me!
Did you ever have one of those days where you might as well have stayed in bed? Well that was yesterday! The reason there was no blog article was that our main server (in Texas) crashed. It seemed everything techno in my world went on the fritz, from my e-mail, to the printer and even my favorite design software was having glitchy hiccups.
I apologize if you tried to visit us and got an error-connection message. I'm back to being a happy camper with lots of FREEBIES to share.
Keep review of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and skip counting fresh and interesting, by making these puzzles. Laminate for an independent center (I've included a blank grid for kiddo's to place the pieces on), or have your students pick one, run them off and then they cut and glue them to a blue or black sheet of construction paper.
If you're doing the alphabet, have students think of a word that starts with that letter on the puzzle piece, and then write it on the appropriate tree-strip.
Remind students to leave a little gap inbetween the pieces. You can add a bit of pizzazz by dipping a Q-tip in glue and then dotting on "snowflakes." For an awesome effect, sprinkle with white or silver glitter.
These make a lovely bulletin board too. Caption: Learning About Letters and Numbers Is "Snow" Much Fun! or "Look At All Of The TREE-mendous Work From Mrs. Henderson's Kinders!" Click on the link for the Snowman Tummy Puzzles or The 13 Merry-Making Tree Puzzles.
Since the Silly Shaped penguins and Owls Shape Up "craftivities" continue to be in the top 10 downloaded items from my site, I decided to design a Shapely Snowman, as well as a Gingerbread set, with plans to make special shape pals for all of the months. (i.e. pumpkins for October and butterflies for April!)
You can make the gingerbread heads a game, by running the bow pieces off on red construction paper.
Instead of gluing the shape words inside the bows and then gluing them to the gingerbread head, glue only the bows. Keep the shape-word circles separate.
Students place the shape word on to the matching shapely gingerbread's bow. To make a girl gingerbread, glue the bows to the top of the head. Glue it as a bow tie under the chin to make a gingerbread boy. To add a bit of pizzazz, I used white puffy paint for "frosting." Click on the link for the Shapely Gingerbread packet.
There are also several things you can do with the Shapely Snowman templates. Make a laminated set for a bulletin board, or use as puzzles for an independent center activity.
For a center matching game, do not glue the hats on the snowmen. Instead make only one hat with interchangeable hat bands. Students pick a shape word-hat band and place it on the hat, then they look for the matching snowman and place the hat on his head. Play continues 'til the child has used all of the hat bands and snowmen. Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Snowman Packet.
Another popular winter activity is the Snowman Glyph. Each one turns out a bit different so this too makes an adorable bulletin board. Click on the link to view/download the Snowman Glyph.
Practice addition and subtraction with Dominic the Snowman Domino-Dice game. Click on the link to grab it.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope you can stop by tomorrow for even more FREEBIES. My brain is on over-drive again, and since the weather outside is "frightful" I might as well have a "delightful" time inside designing away. Feel free to PIN away!
"Snowmen fall from Heaven unassembled." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Christmas Writing With Me!
I decided to share some of my favorite December Easy Readers with you today. These make nice whole-group reading activities or something simple and quick to plug into your Daily 5 writing block.
In My Winter Color Words booklet, students read, trace and write the color words and then color the pictures. The last page has students write about their favorite winter color and draw a picture of something that color. Click on the link to view/download it.
This easy reader has been so popular, that I decided to make one featuring penguins; this too reinforces colors and color words.
The last page has students write which penguin was their favorite, as well as draw a picture of something a blank penguin is holding and then color it.
I did a huge penguin unit in January, but I know many teachers have penguins as a theme for December too, so I'm featuring some penguin activities this month. I've also included a certificate of praise in this packet. Click on the link to view/download the Penguin Colors booklet.
Hurry! Help Santa, is an older easy reader before I had all the software, graphics and fonts that I have available to me now, but it's still a favorite that I think your kiddo's might enjoy too. In this easy reader students trace and write as well as cut and glue. I've included traceable word cards and a graphing extension as well. Click on the link to view/download the Hurry Help Santa Get Ready easy reader.
December is a Great Month includes many Dolch words. Children use picture clues to help them read the story as they cut and glue the matching pictures to help explain why December is such a great month.
Two graphing extensions, 33 traceable word cards + a certificate of praise are also included. Click on the link to view/download the December is a Great Month easy reader.
Light Up The Tree reinforces numbers, number words (through 10) as well as colors. Students trace and write the numbers and number words + draw that many light bulbs.
On the last page children guess-timate how many lights are on the tree. A graphing extension is included. Click on the link to view/download he Light Up The Tree Easy Reader.
In I See Circles At Christmas, students also trace and write. A graphing extension + traceable word cards are also included.
As another writing extension you could have students choose a square or rectangle and challenge them to write their own I See booklet. Click on the link to view/download the I See Circles At Christmas easy reader.
If you like the idea of students creating their own booklets, be sure and check out the Christmas Class Books, where students write a page to go with 3 different booklets. Includes 5 graphing extensions, so you can incorporate math skills. The class-made books are:
After students share their work, collect and collate the pages into a class book. Click on the link to view/download the Christmas Class Books packet.
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"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try and keep it all the year." -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
1-2-3 Come Go On An Elf Adventure With Me!
Woo hoo! The new Elf On A Classroom Shelf activities have been a wonderful hit, and the creative juices just keep flowing. I hope you enjoy these latest FREEBIES as much as I did designing them!
Since teachers have commented on how the sliders are a nice way to "sneak" in a little art, with all of those standards, I decided to design "Jingle" the slider elf. There are strips for upper and lowercase letters, numbers to 30, counting backwards from 10 to 0 as well as 20 to 0 + skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.
If you don't want to make a slider, have students make a "Belly Booklet." They can practice writing letters, numbers, words, their name, or whatever else you're working on, and record things on just-the-right-size pages. click on the link to view/download the Elf Slider Packet.
Since Diary of a Wimpy Kid is really popular with children, I decided to make a Diary of a Wimpy Elf. I had a blast designing this packet, and think your students will have fun decorating their "top secret" file-folder diary and making entries as an elf, who is recording their activities and adventures.
I've included "spy stickers" to decorate their diaries with, or use them as incentives for great writing, excellent effort, wonderful improvement etc. There are also 2 diary-page templates to use now and then. Click on the link to view/download Diary of a Wimpy Elf.
The scenario: Can you imagine being the smallest and weakest elf at the North Pole? You so want to help Santa, but everyone thinks you are too little, too dumb and too weak to do anything but be a candy cane tester, licking a sample from each batch to make sure they taste just right.
To make matters worse, the only thing "big" about you are your feet and ears. They are ginormous! This little elf constantly daydreams about all of the adventures he’d go on as a super-spy for Santa.
After all, being little has its advantages. He could hide almost anywhere; and his huge ears help him hear just about anything. His humongous feet allow him to ski down slippery slopes, without having to put real skis on!
Give your students this background information (included in the packet) and have them become that tiny elf, with the giant feet, huge ears and big heart. Have them write about what they do and how they feel. I've also included 30 crazy writing prompts to jump-start their creative minds, hopefully causing a few giggles.
Encourage them to name their elf and draw cartoon-like pictures in their diary, like Jeff Kinney does in his book. When your elf activities are winding down, have students write a few pages where they "save the day" and become a highly respected, and depended-upon elf, who is a very special spy for Santa. Click on the link to view/download The Diary of a Wimpy Elf.
Thanks for visiting today. I design and blog daily, so I hope you can stop by tomorrow for the newest FREEBIES. Feel free to PIN away.
“I'll be famous one day, but for now I'm stuck in middle school with a bunch of morons." - Greg Heffley,” (-Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.)
1-2-3 Come Do Some Elf-Themed Activities With Me
Because the Elf activities from yesterday were such a huge hit, (scroll down to see that blog & FREEBIES), I decided to make a few more. There's a writing prompt that can turn into a nice behavior modification tool; I call it Santa's List.
Now that the elf is on the shelf and reporting back to Santa, students could write about why they think they should be on the good behavior or "nice" list.
Launch this writing prompt by playing the Christmas carol “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” I taught my Y5’s this song and we did some finger movements as we sang: “. . . He’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. . .
After my Y5's got the “wiggles” out, we brainstormed about good behavior and what Santa’s elves might be looking for. How does one get on the nice list? What things could we do? What things shouldn’t we do?
Write a list on the board, so children can refer to it for ideas as well as spelling help. Pass out the writing prompt page. Students write why they think they should be on Santa’s nice list and then color their page.
After they share their work with the class, collect and collate the pages to make a class book. A cover is provided. I’ve also included a Santa’s list poster. Print; mount on red and green construction paper and laminate. You can hang this on your wall or white board and add students names as you catch them behaving appropriately or completing tasks.
The packet also includes a template for students to write a note to their Elf on a Shelf or to Santa. Click on the link to view/download Santa's List Writing Prompt.
Another interesting December writing prompt, helps reinforce giving directions. Encourage students to use transitions, ordinal numbers as well as adjectives.
I've included word cards for sequential-transitions, + a helpful guide to using transitions that I give my college students.
Add some pom-poms, a jingle bell, and some white glitter to make an awesome bulletin board. Click on the link for the How To Dress An Elf "craftivity."
For more fun writing, have students keep a journal of your Elf On A Classroom Shelf's adventures. This makes a quick and easy Daily 5 activity for the month of December.
Have students keep everything in a file folder. I've included days of the week cards; a star chart students can color when they've done a nice job on their journal; lots of prompts for both PK and older kiddo's, + "elf mail" notes.
Click on the link to view/download the Elf Journal.
Finally, I had several requests for alphabet cards, so I designed an "elf-abet" packet.
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“Elvish singing is not a thing to miss, in June under the stars, not if you care for such things.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Now You See Them; Now You Don’t!
The Elf on A Shelf is a children’s picture book written by an American mother and daughter Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell, and illustrated by Coë Steinwart.
The book was self-published in 2005 and comes with a small elf. It's written in rhyme with watercolor illustrations.
The gist of the story is that Santa knows who is naughty and nice by what his elves report back to him as they fly back and forth each night.
Upon returning, they pick a new place to hide. By choosing a new hiding spot, the members of the family play an on-going game of Hide and Seek. Children are encouraged to name their elf.
Once the elf is named, the "scout" elf receives its special Christmas magic. Now they can fly! However, the magic might go if touched, so the rule for The Elf on the Shelf states: "There's only one rule that you have to follow, so I will come back and be here tomorrow: Please do not touch me. My magic might go, and Santa won't hear all I've seen or I know."
In the hope that students will settle down, stay on task, and be better behaved during the hectic month of December, teachers have now gotten on board and purchased an elf for their classrooms.
To launch Elf on a Shelf read the story and let the good behavior modification begin! After all, Santa now has a spy in the room, and the teacher has a helper that is watching.
If you're looking for a costume to wear on the day you introduce your elf activities, or perhaps dress up in for story time, I found one at Oriental Trading. It's just $16. They also have an apron, or simply don the hat for $3. Children's sizes are also available, and would be a real hit in your dress up box,
I spent over an hour sourcing pictures of elf antics, 'til my head was actually spinning! There are virtually 100's of ideas Online, so I decided to start a PIN board with my favorites. Click on the link to catch the Elf Excitement.
I bought my bags at Hobby Lobby. Click on the link to view/download Twinkle, the Elf on a Classroom Shelf "craftivity."
This is also a very easy thing for your kiddo's to make, and can act as a great behavior modification technique, as I've included "Tally Tags."
Children choose one and glue it to the front of their own elf. Whenever you catch a child being good, or when they have completed a task, they may add a tally mark to their card. Have them use a red marker for tally marks 1-4 and then cross the 5th tally with a green marker.
To ensure honesty, remind students that the elves and Santa are watching, so no cheating. You could also let them know that you have a student tally total that you keep track of, so if you find a discrepancy they will lose their card. You really don't have to keep up with this, just show the paper and it will hopefully do the trick.
Feel free to walk over and add tally marks to children’s bags without saying a word. Believe me, they will be aware of what you are doing and get right down to business. After school, add tally marks to whom ever had a good day. This tally mark can be from the Elf on a Shelf. So children can readily see a difference, make the elf’s tally mark in another color like blue or purple.
Because of the book’s popularity, elf activities were being requested, so I decided to design a few.
Click on the link to view/download The Christmas Elf, which is a spatial direction booklet, that also has several “craftivities” included, like the stocking with a photo of a real elf tucked inside.
Simply take a picture of each of your students wearing an elf/Santa hat. Students trim and glue to the back of their stocking. A graphing extension is also included.
The booklet Little Elf What Do You See? is a rhyming booklet that incorporates the 5 senses.
Lots of Common Core is covered, as students read, circle capital letters; add end punctuation; underline adjectives; trace and write the "senses" words and then color, cut and glue the matching pictures.
If you're looking for an elf-related writing prompt have students respond to Santa's wanted poster.
He's looking for seasonal elf help. Children write why they feel they'd make a good elf.
After students share their page, collect and collate into a class book. A "You're Hired!" certificate and "Official Santa's Helper Button" are also included. Click on the link to view/download the Wanted: Elf Help packet.
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"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel." -Buddy, from the movie Elf