1-2-3 Come Travel Around The World With Me!
Woo Hoo! Having spent over 200 hours researching & creating, plus a small fortune on graphics designing things, I’m so excited to post this jumbo “labor of love”, "Travels Around The World" packet, which features the awesome talents of 38 clip artists!
This super-fun packet is extremely versatile, as everything stands alone, so you can mix & match creating a unit that is tailored specifically for your class, or use pieces and parts with lessons you already have implemented.
I think my students, favorite part of our Travels Around the World is making the cereal box suitcase, which can be done in class or for homework.
The sky's the limit of how you want to design them.
My kiddos absolutely LOVE collecting the "suitcase stamps/stickers" to decorate with.
Others I use as a motivational & behavior modification incentive, which is very successful.
There are 4 options, including a passport specifically for "Christmas Around The World" traveling, as well as a huge variety of passport stamps, which they also enjoy collecting.
I had an absolute blast designing these from real photographs & stamps from those countries.
There are 3 from each country, as well as "color me" postcards, so that students can practice "point of view" writing in a fun way.
The 6 countries included in this packet are: USA, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Italy & Germany.
They come labeled & unlabeled, so you can use them as an assessment tool as well.
I've included several pages of interesting information about how each country celebrates Christmas, should you want to do the "Christmas Around the World" theme.
You can opt to do just the camera(s), or hinge them with a piece of tape to the "scrap" page, so that it flips over to reveal the information underneath.
The title is a double play on words, for the craft opens like a fan, and students quickly become "fans" of these super-interesting facts.
Later, check comprehension by playing "Name That Country?" by reading a fact and having students tell what country it came from.
Teachers jot down 3-5 clues on the poster, then students write down their dated-answer on their worksheet.
X number of correct answers and they receive a "super spy" stamp for their suitcase.
They are different enough so that you can do them all, or pick & choose what's appropriate for your kiddos.
The beauty of this jumbo packet is that it's very versatile, so you can mix & match things to do individually, as a whole group, with a partner, in small groups, or for homework.
Besides social studies, many items practice a variety of other standards like graphing, weather, telling time, comparing & contrasting & research, with a bit of math tossed in for good measure.
There are also a variety of ways to use the packet. Teachers can give the information, or students can pick a country and research it independently.
The "Travel Bucks" are a fun way for students to give their presentations, as they become "travel agents", who share highlights about their country, in the hopes that their fellow classmates will use their travel cash to buy a trip from them.
Top sales certificates & suitcase brag tags add to the fun, and are a wonderful incentive.
Another simple writing activity is the "Travel Quilt" craft, which practices adjectives in a unique way.
Even younger kiddos can do this, and completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.
The "Peace is in our hands" craft, is also quick & easy, with lovely results making a terrific hallway display.
This craftivity really helps children wrap their heads around the "big picture" of their "personal geography" and their cut out hand prints add that keepsake, finishing touch.
I've included a poster for the center of your display, as well as a suitcase sticker kiddos can earn upon completion.
Because my kiddos are learning about seasons, weather and appropriate clothing to wear, I designed the "Pack It Up" suitcase craftivity; where they color, cut & glue various clothes suitable for a particular country, to a "suitcase" page; while older students simply list the items they want to take.
The suitcase opens to reveal several pages of the different things they packed for the various countries that they visited.
Besides a “Christmas Around the World” theme, you can use this unit all year long, as I have matching generic counterparts.
Start whenever you want, then in December, board the “Holiday Express” & add the activities of how these countries celebrate Christmas.
Lessons are easily diversified for various classroom abilities & grade levels. Simply pick what’s appropriate for your kiddos.
"Travel Tweets" are also an interesting way to get students enthusiastic about writing, as is the "Welcome To Our House" booklet, "Airport Adventures" and "Whooooo Do You Want To Travel With?" color-me worksheets.
Besides black & white versions for students, I’ve included colorful templates, so you can quickly make samples to share.
There are also graphs, Venn diagrams, posters, a song, and some worksheets, which can also be used as assessment tools.
As you can see there's a ton of fun for you to choose from including some puzzles.
These come in color for an independent center, as well as BW so kiddos can make their own, as they practice recognizing & sequencing numbers from 1-10, or skip counting by 10s to 100.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look. Travels Around The World.
Today's featured FREEBIE comes from the packet and is a "Merry Christmas From Around The World" poster and coloring card, which includes an alphabetical list of how 28 countries say "Merry Christmas" , with 4 links to other websites with more countries.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
My feet have hit the floor running, as there is much to do, and not enough time in the day to get it all done.
But I will endeavor to slow my pace and enjoy the journey, making sweet memories, as we decorate our blessed home for Christmas. Wishing you and yours a special day.
"Maybe Christmas" he thought, "doesn't come from a store." "Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more!" -Dr. Seuss From "The Grinch"
1-2-3 Come Make Some Christmas Ornaments With Me
Here’s a quick, easy & fun Christmas name ornament, that’s a perfect little craftivity for party day or those crazy last few days of school.
Even the Common Core “Grinch” police, will have no problem finding this an extremely educational activity!
It can simply be done with little ones (PK-Y5) to practice their names, along with letter recognition, and the difference between upper and lowercase letters, vowels & consonants as well as counting.
Older kiddos, (K-3rd) can practice a lot of math:
such as graphing, addition, greater & less than, data analysis, inference, guess-timation, plus comparing & contrasting with a Venn diagram.
I’ve included several worksheets and graphing extensions, plus a "secret" coded Christmas message that you can challenge your students to solve.
Make it a "speed" game, and see who can decode the message first.
Afterwards, students pick a partner and write a secret message to them.
For a sweet keepsake, have children write their name on the back, along with a date and grade, then glue their school photo on.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look: Christmas Name Ornament Laced With Math.
Laminate your students’ completed projects; punch a hole at the top & add a yarn loop.
Today's feartured FREEBIE is also an ornament. It's a fingerprint Christmas tree, sure to become a keepsake as well.
This little craftivity, is a terrific way to review the concept of +1 more and counting to 10, and includes a poem for the back:
"My fingerprints as you can see, have made a lovely little tree. They're stacked up straight and oh so tall, with love from me when I was small." Children sign and date.
Thanks for stopping by. I've got to hustle off to go buy the ingredients to make Christmas cookies.
That was one of my favorite memories with my Grama Lydia, and I hope to make it an annual tradition with Kaiden (3) & Kaitlyn (1) who are coming over today. Wishing you a love-flled day.
"Grandchildren are sprinkles on the cookies of life." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Christmas Craftivities With Me
"Welcome To My House" is an interesting and fun writing prompt with two door options.
For one, students decorate their construction paper door, trim and glue the “hinge” portion to a sheet of white paper, which they also trim. The other, is a “color me” option.
Inside, students write their final draft completing the writing prompt: "Welcome to my home for Christmas..."
Encourage students to use plenty of adjectives that involve their senses, to help describe what a visitor might see, hear, and smell, as they enter their home. I've included a completed sample to help you explain the lesson.
Students who don't celebrate Christmas, can simply write a "Welcome to my home" for another celebration or holiday that their family celebrates.
If you do a Christmas Around the World theme, students can choose a country, and welcome visitors to their home in France, Sweden, Mexico etc. as they write from that point of view.
Completed projects make a lovely bulletin board. I’ve also included an address tag, to go along with your display.
Next up is a class-made book: Who Will Pull Santa's Sleigh?
Introducing a writing activity with a story, grabs my kiddos attention, stimulates their imaginations, and gets them excited to get down to the business of writing.
Who’ll Pull Santa’s Sleigh Tonight? by Laura Rader, is a personal favorite of my students, and was the inspiration behind this class book writing activity.
The reindeer have all come down with a cold, so Santa holds auditions for replacement animals, with some outrageous and funny results.
To practice more standards, I like to read a similar story, so that my students can compare and contrast them.
A Venn diagram activity, as well as a graphing extension are also included in the packet.
Our comparison story is, "Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?" by Jerry Pallotta. It's an adorable “go along”, with awesome illustrations!
In this story, the reindeer are not sick, as the tale starts at the beginning, before Santa thought about reindeer for the job.
Many silly scenarios are presented, as different animals try out for the job.
From skunks, kangaroos and giraffes, to monkeys, mice and even snakes, your kiddos will get lots of ideas of who should pull Santa’s sleigh.
Finally, The Twelve Days of Christmas packet, also includes several writing prompts, as well as an emergent reader, plus several games, which practice a variety of standards, as well as some posters and worksheets.
The emergent reader contains over 100 Dolch sight words!
Students read the sentence, trace and write the number and ordinal number word, then complete the writing prompts.
Besides the writing within the emergent reader, there are also 3 other writing prompts:
* “If money were no object, list 7 things you’d like to have”;
* “A Favorite Gift” where students tell about a gift that they really enjoy and why it’s a favorite.
* “Something Special For Someone Special” where children choose a person that they’d like to give a gift to and write who-what-why.
The featured FREEBIE today is "Me Mints!" one of my personal favorites. Completed projects make an adorable bulletin board. I've also included a smaller template, if you'd rather make a Christmas ornament.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I have so much to do, I'm not sure where to start.
A bit of housecleaning is certainly in order before I add any more Christmas decorations... hmmmm maybe I'll just go shopping instead. Wishing you a frolicking-fun day.
"Housework: Something nobody really notices, until you don't do it." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Christmas Writing With Me
I truly believe that if you give an interesting writing prompt to students, or toss in a bit of craftiness, or make it a bit like a game, you'll grab their attention and they'll want to get down to the business of writing.
With these things in mind, I designed 4, rather creative, writing prompt packets for December. First up is my "Spin a Winter Story Story" wheel.
These 14 story wheels are easy-peasy for you, as you don't have to constantly think up seasonal writing prompts, and highly motivational for your kiddos.
My students imaginations kick into high gear, creating some really awesome work.
So that you can use them every year, simply print, laminate, trim and attach a paperclip with a brass brad.
Children choose one, or several, of the 14-winter story wheels, then spin 3 to 5 times.
They incorporate those items into a short story or paragraph on the worksheet.
For more writing practice, I've included a "Spin a sentence" worksheet, as well as one where students spin 7 times, give those pictures a one-word name/description and then alphabetize those words on the worksheet.
Next up is "How to Dress an Elf", where children practice giving directions. My students LOVE the crafty aspect of this writing prompt; completed projects make a super-cute bulletin board too.
Encourage students to use transitions, ordinal numbers + adjectives when they explain how their elf gets dressed.
I’ve also included a set of transitional words on mini cards.
For that finishing touch, we used opalescent white glitter, flat-backed jewels and pom poms to add a bit of pizzazz to our completed “elves”.
If your students enjoy The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, they're sure to get excited about this next creative writing activity.
Diary of a Wimpy Elf includes templates to make a “top secret” file-folder diary, a variety of diary pages, clip art badges to decorate their diary cover with, plus a selection of incentive “stickers” that they can earn.
I’ve also included 30 writing prompt ideas to jump start your students' minds.
Finally, "Stuff It!" is a personal favorite and literally stuffed with lots of Common Core.
For the writing prompt portion of "Stuff It", students gather in groups of 3-4 and exchange their decorated paper stocking with each other.
Everyone in the group "stuffs" a Christmas compliment into their classmate's stocking, by writing something nice about that person. Encourage the use of adjectives.
These completed projects also make a nice, self-esteem building, December bulletin board, which is particularly appropriate if your school does the "Bucket Filling" program.
The other writing prompt option, is for students to "stuff" their stocking with a list of things they'd like to find in their stocking, if money was no object, or you could also write a realistic one.
Along with the writing prompts, students can also stuff their stocking with words that begin and end with the ST blend.
I've included an alphabetical list of 92 words that begin with st, as well as a list of 64 words that end with the st blend, plus matching mini-word cards.
There's also a set of 6 worksheets that are played as timed games, as well as an "I Spy a Shape" whole-group assessment game, plus a "Shapes on a Roll" dice game.
Today's featured FREEBIE is A Letter to Santa with a twist.
Instead of children asking Santa for something they want, they write on behalf of someone special to them, that they think deserves a present.
Introduce the activity to older students with "If there really was a Santa, and he really could bring a special gift..."
I've included my sample that you can share to help explain what you want your kiddos to do. Completed projects make a sweet "Christmas is Caring" bulletin board too.
Well that's it for today. My feet have hit the floor running! I have lots more shopping to do, and our tree's still not up!
Wishing you a day filled with energy, and lots of peaceful moments to breathe in the joy of Christmas preparations.
"May peace be your gift at Christmas, and all the year through." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Study Coins With Me
I'm always looking for quick, easy and fun ways to study the various standards and still include my theme.
With that in mind, I designed this Christmas tree craft, that's decorated with coins. (penny, nickel, dime & quarter).
Run the tree template off on green construction paper, or use white and have students color.
Children pick a partner and take turns rolling the dice four times.
Their 1st roll equals how many penny ornaments they will glue to their tree, the 2nd roll is for nickels and so on.
Students color, cut and glue the matching number of coins to their tree.
This way, each tree will be trimmed differently.
After they are done “decorating” their tree, older students complete their math worksheet by adding up the total value of their tree, writing that on the star or trunk.
I’ve also provided a worksheet where students break down the total of each coin.
For more advanced math practice, have everyone share their total, write them on the board, and figure out how much all of the trees are worth.
Also included, are several worksheet options for different levels of study, including one that reinforces color words. The photographs of completed samples help clarify things.
Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board too. Caption: "Cent-sational Math Work".
Click on the link to zip over to my TpT shop to have a look: Christmas Money Tree
The packet includes an emergent reader, with several options for you to choose from, including 2 sizes.
The first one is a “cut & glue” the appropriate coin to the page, the other version already features a picture of the coin.
Students read the simple sentences, filled with 20 Dolch sight words. I’ve switched up the pronouns for that teachable moment as well.
They trace & write the coin words, as well as the values, and color words, then color the cookies accordingly.
I’ve also included a “Sum Cookies” craftivity, which makes an awesome interactive bulletin board, or wall display.
Children choose which cookies they want, then color, cut and arrange them on their aluminum foil “cookie sheet”. When they are satisfied with how things look, they glue their cookies down.
Using the “cookie key” or referring to the pocket chart cards, students figure out the price of all of the cookies on their cookie sheet, writing an equation showing the price of each cookie, then adding to solve the problem.
I’ve included a spatula to show their work, which is attached to their cookie sheet.
When everyone is done, collect and number the cookie sheets, then display them, along with the spatula answers.
For more math practice have children figure out how much the various sheets of cookies cost, writing their equations and solutions on the worksheet.
Students can do one a day, or however many you want them to do. They check their work, by flipping up the spatula flap.
Finally, there’s a cookie matching game. Depending on ability, students simply match a cookie to a cookie.
Older kiddos can match a cookie with its value, to the matching coin card, and/or the coin word card.
There’s also a certificate of praise as well: “When it comes to coins, you’re one smart cookie!”
Today's FREEBIE also features coin identification. It's a set of poster-poems. I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. All this talk of cookies, brought on the cravings.
Time to grab a mug of milk and dunk my favorite--chocolate chip . . . Wishing you a delicious December.
"Never spend your money before you have earned it." -Thomas Jefferson
1-2-3 Come Make a Gingerbag House With Me
Do you do some gingerbread activities during December? Are you contemplating making a gingerbread house?
If so, I think you and your kiddos will really enjoy making a "gingerbag".
It's a non-messy, quick, easy & fun craftivity, as an alternative to the gooey graham cracker creations, that often fall apart.
There are 8 pages of candy, cakes and ice-cream trimmings, chimneys, doors, and windows, that your kiddos can choose to decorate their paper bag gingerbread house with.
Face the bag towards you so that the bottom of the bag is at the top, and looks like a flap. This is the perfect place to glue the “candy roof” and chimney.
Students cut out whatever pieces they want to glue to the front of their house.
They arrange the pieces ‘til they are satisfied with the look, and then glue them down.
Children then color the trimmings with crayons or markers.
White puffy paint, glitter glue, and stickers can all add pizzazz to the houses.
For that finishing touch, glue a child’s photo in one of the windows.
You can also spritz them with a bit of cinnamon fragrance.
For writing practice, I've included 2 worksheets, where students describe their gingerbread house.
Completed gingerbags make a cute bulletin board too.
Caption: “Mr(s.) _____________’s kindergartners are wishing you a sweet and cozy Christmas.” OR…. “From our house to yours, we’re wishing you a yummy New Year.”
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look: Gingerbag Craftivity.
They are a set of gingerbread-themed parts of speech posters. I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I'm thrilled to be having the entire family over for dinner and games today.
That's 21 people! Woo hoo. Gotta' get going on the yummies. Wishing you a love and fun-filled day.
"Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained." -Maurice de Vlaminck
1-2-3 Come Countdown To Christmas With Me!
Counting down is a great way to help your students practice counting backwards, as well as visually being able to "see" the passage of time, which is a rather abstract concept for young children.
My Countingdown To Christmas Craftivity packet includes a variety of quick, easy and interesting ways for your kiddos to countdown to Christmas.
I've included a file folder cover, which your students can decorate, to keep all of their countdown work in.
Since there's a nice variety of options, why not have them do a countdown that they can color, another they bingo dot, and finally, one that they earn stickers for.
I’ve also included a Christmas tree and Santa’s beard countdown activity, where students snip off a section each day. (Let's "trim" the tree & Santa's beard.)
After the last one is gone, children have a paper ornament to hang on their tree.
Snipping paper is a super-fun way for kiddos to strengthen finger and hand muscles too.
The "fingerprint" keepsake wreath, is another fun way to keep track of time, and comes with a sweet poem for the center.
Children keep their work in the folder and take it out each day to countdown.
Only takes a few minutes, and frees you up to do some pull-out activities.
Send the folder home on the last day before vacation, so students can finish their countdown at home.
Finally, I’ve also included a “How many days until vacation?” Countdown paper chain that you can suspend from the ceiling by your calendar.
I review all sorts of math skills in just a few minutes, with this festive decoration.
Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to take a look at the Countingdown To Christmas Craftivities.
If you do Elf on a Shelf you may like the "Elf Help" countdown craftivity.
Have your students color the elf's "stockings" in an ABAB pattern to reinforce patterning.
I've included a traceable calendar of December, for years 2015-2017, with a blank one if you want students to fill in their own.
Tracing and writing the numbers as they countdown to Christmas, is also a fun way to practice numbers, as well as have a visual of "time passing". Click on the link to check out the Elf on a Shelf countdown craftivity.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also a countdown activity. I put "Santa" on my whiteboard and we do "You Can Count on Santa" during our calendar time.
Simply print off the poster on card stock, color, then choose a different child each day to pull apart a cottonball, and glue it to that number on Santa's beard.
Well that's it for today, have to make a mad dash to the store to get a few things before everything closes up for Thanksgiving.
Wishing you a day filled with many joy-filled moments.
"If men liked shopping, they'd call it research." ~Cynthia Nelms
1-2-3 Come Make A Name Ornament With Me
I'm not sure about your kiddos, but as the last day before vacation neared, I could sense the energy levels climbing. To help them stay focused, I always tried to do a few hands-on "craftivities" that my students would really enjoy, but also wanted to include standards to keep the administration content as well.
With that in mind, I designed the Keepsake Name Ornament packet. It's a quick, easy & fun Christmas ornament that helps reinforce your students' names, letter recognition, vowel identification, capitalization, graphing, counting and addition! Woo hoo!
This would be a wonderful center on the last day before vacation, or a special "craftivity" to do for your Christmas party day.
I've included upper as well as lowercase letter tiles that your students trim and glue to a strip of construction paper. I used red & green, but just one color looks nice too.
While children are at lunch or recess, laminate your students' completed projects and have a room helper cut them out, punch a hole at the top & add a yarn tie.
Gluing on a school photo makes them even more special, and even though the ornament spells their name, have them write their name and the date on the back.
For some math fun, I've included two point value charts, so your students can practice a bit of addition, by adding up the point value of their letters.
Use the chart with point values to 4, with younger students, and the chart with numbers to 26, for older students. Because their total will be large, have children figure out the place value of their name using this grand total.
There's an ornament worksheet to record their answer, along with other data, so that you can review consonants and vowels as well. Students can color this ornament, or simply run off on a variety of colors of copy paper.
Vowels are also reviewed, with a graphing extension. There's a graph for the total number of letters in your students' names too. As you can see, I've packed in all sorts of math extensions in this simple ornament "craftivity".
To add to the fun, I've included a "secret" coded Christmas message that you can challenge your students to solve. Students refer to the point value poster to figure out what the sentence says.
Make it a "speed" game, and see who can decode the message first. To save you time, I put two on a page for quick printing, and included an answer key. Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Name Ornament activities.
Thanks for visiting today. As always, my December days fly by. I've got to get to the post office today or my family in Wisconsin, won't get their goodies in time for Christmas. Wishing you a stress-free day.
"May voices join with the multitude of the heavenly host to proclaim His glory. May hearts be filled with His everlasting song of joy and peace this Christmas season." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Interesting and Fun Writing With Me
Having interesting and fun writing prompts, will motivate your students to want to write. Tossing in a bit of crafty coloring, will be icing on the cake.
With that in mind, I just finished designing some creative-wintry writing prompts that I think your kiddos will enjoy. They are pretty simple, so they'd easily fit into your Daily 5 or writing block.
A Sweet Tweet For Santa, is based on the popular idea of "tweeting". Students color, cut and glue the bird to the top of their writing prompt paper, then each day (for 10 days) they jot down (tweet) something sweet that they've done, that Santa might be interested in knowing.
Remind them to use proper spacing, capitalization and end punctuation. I've also included a completed sample for you to share with your students.
"Stuff It!" is also a unique writing prompt. I've included several options, with two different stocking patterns, so you could actually do both of them, or give students a choice.
To reinforce patterning, have students write their name on the "cuff" of the stocking in an ABAB color pattern.
After coloring and trimming their stocking, students make an alphabetical list of things they'd enjoy finding "stuffed" in their stocking. Once they've completed and checked their list, they rewrite the final draft on their stocking.
For the other writing prompt, students gather in groups of 3-4 and exchange their stockings with each other.
Everyone in the group "stuffs" a Christmas compliment into their classmates' stockings, by writing something nice about that person. Encourage the use of adjectives.
This activity is especially appropriate if your class does the "Fill a Bucket" program. Completed projects make a nice, self-esteem building, December bulletin board.
Now You're Talkin' is an especially imaginative writing prompt, that I really enjoyed making samples for.
It's especially beneficial if you're working on the proper use of quotation marks.
There are 5 different writing prompts to choose from. Pick one for your students, give them a choice, or have them do a different one each day and assemble them into a journal. I've included a cover if you want to do that.
Students color the pictures, then pretend to be a gingerbread man, reindeer, and snowman, jotting down things they might say if they could talk.
To help explain things, I've included completed samples for each one for you to share with your kiddos.
If you could hear Santa or his elves, what might they be saying? are the other two writing prompt options.
Encourage the use of adjectives and remind students about proper spacing, capitalization and end punctuation.
If you're not doing these as a journal, have students choose their favorite, mount on construction paper and hang them on a hallway wall or bulletin board.
Finally, my personal favorite, is a class made book entitled Who Will Pull Santa's Sleigh? Making class booklets, were always my first grader's favorite writing activity, as well as much sought-after reading options during quiet time.
Here's the scenario for this fun December writing prompt: Oh no! Santa's reindeer are sick! Who will pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve?
Students choose an animal and write why they think they would be a good choice, then illustrate their page. Collect and collate your students' contributions and make into a class book. I've included a cover for it.
Read your completed book as a whole group, by having each student read their own page when you come to it. Be sure and make one of your own, or share the completed sample that I've included in the packet.
To help give your students some interesting ideas, and get them excited about writing, you might want to read Who Will Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight, by Laura Rader.
In this story, as with the writing prompt, the reindeer are sick, so Santa holds auditions for replacement animals.
Another hilarious story, with awesome illustrations, is Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight? by Jerry Pallotta. This story takes place pre-reindeer time, when Santa was wondering who could pull his sleigh.
Your kiddos will get lots of ideas, as there are many silly scenarios presented by different animals trying out for the job -- from skunks, kangaroos and giraffes, to monkeys, mice and even snakes. In the end, Santa finally realizes that reindeer are the perfect animals for pulling his sleigh.
I've included a Venn diagram, as well as a graphing extension you can do if you read both books. Click on the link to view/download the Who Will Pull Santa's Sleigh? class-made book packet.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. I hope these writing prompts help to get your students excited to practice.
The sun is trying to peek out, making the snow sparkle, which puts me in the mood to do some decorating. Wishing you a festive day.
"Christmas without reindeer is like snow without moonlight: it loses its sparkle." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Countdown To Christmas With Me
One of the things that I realized rather quickly, during the 10 years that I taught Y5's, was that younger children don't have a real good grasp of time. To help my kiddos with this, I did all sorts of calendar activities, so that they could visulalize the passage of time.
Counting down the days of each month, was extremely helpful. For holiday months, this was especially nice, because it dispensed with the "When is?" questions. "When is vacation, the party, fieldtrip..." or other special activities that they were looking forward to.
With that in mind, I decided to design a bunch of countdown to Christmas activities. These are simple, quick and easy, so you can choose several. They are fun independent activities that children can work on a few minutes each day, freeing you up to work one-on-one with students.
Each month I displayed a different countdown paper chain from the ceiling. I chose 2 to 3 different colors (appropriate for that month) to make the links out of, so we could review colors as well as patterning.
You can make the countdown to Christmas gingerbread paper chain craftivity for your class, or have students each make their own, to take home for more practice. I used white puffy paint (for frosting) and a plaid ribbon bow for extra pizzazz.
"You Can Count On Santa" is another fun visual for your students.
As with the gingerbread craft, you can simply make one for your classroom for calendar time, or run off copies for students to make one of their own.
Using a glue dot, children add a cotton ball to fill in Santa's beard. This is not my original idea, although I've been doing it long before the Internet. I love drawing Santa, and hope you like my version.
Since the Elf On A Shelf story has become a super-fun classroom management tool, I decided to make an elf-themed countdown craftivity as well.
As students countdown to Christmas, they trace and write the numbers and then color each section of the elf's stockings in an ABAB pattern. I added flat-backed jewels and mini pom poms for that finishing touch.
Since jewels are an especially "big deal" to little ones, you can use them as an incentive: Stay focused and complete your work and earn a bit of dazzle for your countdown elf.
1-2-3 Countdown To Christmas Alphabetically, is one of my favorites.
It's an alphabet booklet. Students trace and write the letters, as well as the Christmas-themed words.
They color the letter and picture, then write another word that also begins with that letter. There are so many options for Christmas-related words, you can easily request that the extra words also need to be about Christmas.
Starting December 1st, have students complete one letter. Since there are only 25 days 'til Christmas, remind students to complete letters Y and Z on the last day.
For more alphabet reinforcement, the packet also includes 10 worksheets, to help practice writing upper and lowercase letters, putting words in alphabetical order, skip counting the 24 days 'til Christmas by 2's, as well as practicing writing numbers to 31 (The number of days in the month.)
The worksheet in the photo, asks students "What Lowercase Letter Is Missing?" There are also two "I Spy" game worksheets.
Click on the link to view/download the Countdown to Christmas Alphabet packet.
Since my Y5's needed lots of scissor practice, I designed two countdown activities, where students snip off the days 'til Christmas.
The "Trim the Tree" scissor-snipping countdown craftivity, is my own idea, however, cutting off Santa's beard, was an idea I found dozens of versions of, on Pinterest.
I felt that Santa still needed a beard for his Christmas Eve adventures, so I revamped the concept, and designed a "Snipit Santa."
Both the Christmas tree and Santa, when completely trimmed, make cute paper ornaments or gift tags.
Click on the link to view/download the Let's Trim the Tree & Santa's Beard Christmas countdown - scissor practice craftivities.
Finally, if you're just looking for something super-simple for your little ones to do, as a countdown activity, click on the link for some Countdown To Christmas Coloring Pages.
I've included a cute gingerbread house cover, for a Christmas countdown file folder, so students can keep all of their countdown activities in one place.
I'd include one that they can color, one they use a bingo dauber on (dotting the days away), one they can earn stickers for, plus a scissor snipping option. These worksheets only take a few minutes, and because kiddos can work independently, you are freed up to work one-on-one with students.
That's it for today. I hope you found something here that you can use to help your students understand the concept of time passing.
My grama Lydia used to say that the older she got the more quickly time passed. Now that I'm enjoying my "golden years" I find that to be truer than true. Wishing you a peaceful, savor-each-moment kind of day.
"How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" -Dr. Seuss