If you have an Elf On A Shelf in your classroom, a super-fun writing extension is to have your students keep a journal of the elf's daily adventures. I've included prompts for PK as well as older kiddo's. Encourage them to illustrate their page. Make the journals out of file folders and have students decorate their cover.
Help students learn to count forwards, backwards and by 10's. Print; laminate; trim and have students put together, or run off copies for each child and have them cut and glue to the numbered grid. You can also make a puzzle flip booklet using all 3 puzzles stapled to the top in mixed up fashion. Children flip the strips to find the puzzle they are working on. Have children pick a partner; challenge them to see who can be the first to put their puzzle together.
The elf is watching and reporting back to Santa. Students write why they think that they should be on Santa's "nice" list. Includes a Santa's List poster to use as a good-behavior motivator.
Students respond to an elf-help wanted poster from Santa, in this fun writing prompt, that's a perfect transition after reading the story Elf on a Shelf. An official elf helper button + a "You're hired!" certificate are also included.
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.
I LOVED designing this gingerbread writing and activity packet and hope you have oodles of fun with your kiddo's doing these interesting activities.
This packet contains activities that will help your kiddo's understand the elements of a story, such as characters, setting, plot etc. The "beginning-middle-end" graphic organizer assists children with sequencing + retelling a story.
After reading Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider, have each student fill out the student page. Collect and collate into a class book. To add extra pizzazz, print off 2 copies of your class's school photo, and cut your students' heads into ovals. Glue a set to the webs on the cover (You can leave them as kids or turn them into spiders with a black marker) and include a photo of yourself in the top web. Have students glue their photo to the spider on their page.
Make these sparkling webs after you read The Very Busy Spider. I mixed Elmer's glue with white paint. A black construction paper circle is placed in a metal cake pan. A dollop of the paint-glue is put in the middle and a marble is placed on top. Students manuever the pan to "spin" a web. When they are happy with the results, they sprinkle opalescent or silver glitter on their creation. I've included a colored web with the poem on it.