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Now You See Them; Now You Don’t!

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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." 

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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.

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Elf on a shelf activities, elf on a shelf lessons, 5 senses, rhyming booklet, rhyming lessons, elf on a shelf booklet, elf on a shelf craftivities, elf on a shelf, December activities, December games, behavior management techniques, discipline tips, classroom management, 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.

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Elf on a shelf activities, elf on a shelf lessons, 5 senses, rhyming booklet, rhyming lessons, elf on a shelf booklet, elf on a shelf craftivities, elf on a shelf, December activities, December games, behavior management techniques, elf activities, discipline tips, classroom management, If you have lots of kiddo's and want to conserve paper, you'll want to use my up-dated mini versionClick on the link to grab this FREEBIE.

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.

 Elf on a shelf activities, elf button, elf certificate, elf writing prompts, writing prompts for december,elf on a shelf lessons, 5 senses, rhyming booklet, rhyming lessons, elf on a shelf booklet, elf on a shelf craftivities, elf on a shelf, December activities, December games, behavior management techniques, elf activities, discipline tips, classroom management, 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. 

Elf on a shelf activities, elf button, elf certificate, elf writing prompts, writing prompts for december,elf on a shelf lessons, 5 senses, rhyming booklet, rhyming lessons, elf on a shelf booklet, elf on a shelf craftivities, elf on a shelf, December activities, December games, behavior management techniques, elf activities, discipline tips, classroom management, 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

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