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Regardless this will be my 4th year doing Elf In the Classroom! I am super excited about it this year as I will be doing it across 4 grade levels since I teach 2nd-5th grade ELAR. What does this mean for my planning? Well next year I am going to have to get really creative and completely change the routine!
This year my team is joining in on the fun and we will be having a SCHOOL ELF! That's right! He will be visiting each of the four classrooms (math, science, social studies, ELAR) and being mischievous as ever.
So you may be wondering what all our little elf will be up to this year! Well there is a whole lot of mischief and fun that is headed our way! You'll have to check back over the next few weeks to see all his antics.
We started Friday by writing our letters to Santa asking for an elf! Monday when the students arrived they found their elf, a good morning message, and a letter from Santa!
After a quick read of our letter, we watched An Elf's Story and set to picking a name for our Elf. Well this is a bit more complicated than first anticipated due to having to have 4 classes that have to come through to SEE the elf and then help vote on a name! But I am the queen of complicated! So this morning, Tuesday, we will be coming together and voting as a whole group on the elf name.
So why do I do this? Why do I take an already stressful time and add more to my TO DO LIST? Pure fun!! That's right....it's fun and it gives the kids a little magic in the classroom! So maybe your not the most organized and you are afraid you will forget to move him or do something crazy! Well relax. If you are not that into it it's OK! The kids will still have fun! It's magic, it's fun, and it will help lighten up the mood during that hectic two weeks before break! There are plenty of things out there to help you on your journey! Although I haven't created my own little ELF packet for the journey in the classroom, many have! Next year...Next year...I will HAVE to make my own because my ever trusted resources will have already been used with all four grade levels! Not a biggie....its all fun and magic. Here are some amazing pictures from the past that will be taking place over the next few weeks! Stay tuned for all the details!
Wonder what is up next? It's all in your imagination! This has to be my favorite time of year and I encourage you to get on the Elf train!
Now who doesn't like MAGIC? Who doesn't like FREE? Here are some Holiday FREEBIES from my store! I will leave these free for 7 days! Consider it a little gift from the North Pole! I hope you enjoy them as much as my kids do every year!
This unit is meant to help your students move from WOW sentences into a triple part essay! Using winter topics your students will start by labeling winter items with winter words. Next they will build a WOW sentence. Students will next build a triple part topic sentence that will allow them to move into writing a 5 sentence essay.
This unit is great reviewing and practicing counting coins with a sweet and fun holiday theme. Included in this station activity are the following skills:
Like what you see? You might enjoy some other Holiday favorites that I have used in my 1st-3rd Grade Classrooms! They will be 20% off through Sunday! Perfect for your lesson plans next week! These are a staple in my classroom every year!
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