Cover a variety of standards with this cute elf slider. Slider strips for shapes, upper and lowercase letters; numbers to 30, skip counting by 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's + counting backwards from 10 to 0 and 20 to 0. If you don't want to make a slider, create a "belly booklet." Have students write letters, numbers, words, their name or whatever else you are working on inside this mini-booklet that's glued to the elf's tummy.
Students practice giving directions in this fun writing prompt that makes a cute bulletin board: "Hats Off to Great Directional Writing!" Encourage students to use transitions, ordinal numbers + adjectives. Pom poms and white glitter add that finishing touch.
Make a classroom elf of your own, or use this as an individual behavior modification technique and have each child make one. The body is made out of a decorative lunch bag. Children add tally marks for staying focused, completing tasks, behaving etc.
Choose a keepsake reindeer for your kiddo's to make by tracing their foot with their shoe on. Antlers are made from their hand prints. One reindeer is a slider and reviews 2D shapes.
Teach secondary colors by having students mix yellow and blue to make a green wreath. When dry, they add red finger-print holly berries, a bow and a poem in the center.
Make a single one for your class and have a different child glue a cotton ball to the appropriate number each day, or run off a Santa for each student and set this up as a daily center on a TV tray.
Countdown the days of December with this sweet finger print wreath, sure to become a keepsake.
A nice alternative to making a graham cracker gingerbread house. Children color, cut and glue a variety of clip art choices to a brown paper bag. Lightly stuff with tissue to make this 3D. Makes a sweet bulletin board too. Add puffy paint, glitter glue, stickers and a child's photo in the widow for that extra bit of pizzazz.
Have your students pretend to become the gingerbread man and fill in the blanks on the girl or boy writing prompt page. Encourage students to do a little research about the place they want to run to and use lots description in their adventure. Have students do a rough draft and underline their adjectives to make sure they have enough. I've included a sample.