December 3, 2014

Elf Antics and Ideas for your Elf

Do you have an elf who comes to your classroom?
Of course you do!
Here are some of the antics our mischievous classroom elf was up to last year.
He decided to get stuck in our "stuck on a word strategies" wall and literally needed help!
After spending the day stuck, he was awfully tired and napped all day long.
Look who found our Band-aid stash!
He loves to read too!
Showing his Polar Express enthusiasm! 
We didn't have any new sight words this week so he decided to make up his own!
He must think I have a good class. A compliment goes a long way!
Trying to make us laugh at our class picture! What a funny guy.
Showing us his love for reading! 
A little TP never hurt anyone!
His last day message to us...
I can't wait for him to make his appearance sometime this week!

December 1, 2014

Gingerbread Galore

 It's officially THE most wonderful time of the year!
We always kick off December with a little tons of gingerbread fun.
Here are a few of the books we read throughout the week.
I use many of these stories to teach or reinforce lessons on comprehension skills such as sequencing, making predictions, retelling, etc.
Here are a few of the book responses we use:
In the past I have created this H-U-G-E gingerbread house. On it we compare 3 of the books we read during the week.  We also create and decorate our own gingy boys and girls and write our own story to go along with them!
I adore these tasty little cookies SO much that I created a Gingerbread Literacy unit to go along with our fun we have. Included are the responses you saw above and more!
Literacy Fun with Gingerbread

Beyond reading, we have even more fun with gingerbread!
This fun science experiment from Abby is always a hit.
And who couldn't end the week without decorating AND eating some of these delicious gems!
It may just be the hit of the week!
To top of the gingerbread madness, I had my room mom come up and decorate our hallway and my door as a GIANT gingerbread house, complete with our team picture!