Getting to the Core

1-2-3 Come Do Some Winter Clothing Activities With Me  

This “getting dressed for winter” - themed packet, is jam-packed with all sorts of quick, easy & fun activities, which practice a variety of standards.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word gamesThere are easy-peasy activities for PK, as well as more challenging "Print & Go" ones for K-1st, which makes it simpe to mix & match to fit the various levels in your class.

The packet includes:

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word games* Label the winter wear “color me” worksheets, with matching full-color posters for the teacher. 

* Picture cards to practice sequencing, ordinal numbers and the correct order to put things on. Can be used as a poster, center or game. Has matching BW bookmark.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word games* "Color Me" ordinal number, fill-in-the-blank (boy & girl) worksheets, with full-color posters for the teacher.  I've also included an ordinal number, whole-group assessment. 

* Picture & word cards for an ordinal number game.
* A graphing extension.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word games* 3 Emergent Reader Booklets:

1. ”Let’s Go! Let’s Play In The Snow!”  is packed with lots of Dolch sight words. Practices ordinal numbers.
There’s a full color teacher’s edition plus 2, BW options for students: a “color me” one, plus a “color, cut & glue” version.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word games2. “Wintry Colors” With lots more Dolch sight words. Students read the simple sentences; add end punctuation, trace, write & color the color words, then color the picture.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word games3. “My Winter Clothes” is my personal favorite, as it makes a sweet keepsake.  Students complete the sentences by filling in the blanks with the color of their clothing, then coloring the pictures to match.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word gamesI've included a matching “Let’s Go!” label-me poster worksheet option.

As your kiddos get ready to go out for recess, snap their picture and then print them off, so that they can trim & glue to their worksheet and label it. 

As you can see by my samples, these turn out absolutely adorable, which makes for a sweet bulletin board.  There's also . . .

* A variety of worksheets which practice: contractions, plurals, alphabetical order, word recognition, compound words that begin with snow, ordinal numbers & color words.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word games* 2 sets of pocket chart-size, picture-word cards for winter clothing. Use on your word wall, as flashcards, or cut in half to make puzzles.


* Word games:
word scramble worksheet, winter clothing word search, “How many words can you make using the letters in jacket?” game, with a colorful 15-word answer key.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word games* 8, colorful “Dress the Child” cards, with a variety of outfits. There are 4 boy & 4 girl options which cover various ethnicities. 

My Y5s absolutely LOVE this independent center.
Use the matching BW options as a color, cut & glue worksheet.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word games* A set of colorful clothing cards for sequencing, patterning, & Memory Match or “I Have; Who Has?” games.

* 8, color-me “In the winter I wear…” writing prompt bookmarks
* 12, clothing word cards to use for more games, with a “Write a Sentence” worksheet.

* Colorful “Winter-Summer Clothing Sortcenter game, with matching BW worksheets.
* 10 sets of colorful clothing cards (red, orange, yellow, etc.) with matching word cards and sorting mats.

Use for sorting, patterning, and a variety of games.  Mix & match with the “Colorful Mittens” and “Colorful Hats” for more card options.

Elkonin Box Center Game, * A set of “trace, write & place” Elkonin box cards for an independent center; with 2 matching worksheets.* A set of “trace, write & place” Elkonin box cards for an independent center; with 2 matching worksheets.

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word games* 21, “Dressed for Winter” number puzzles, which practice counting forwards (1-20), backwards, plus skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s, & 10s. One set comes in BW so children can color, cut and make their own; the other set is different and in full-color so you can use them for an independent center activity.

I’ve also included some tips, tricks and posters to help motivate your students to want to get dressed as quickly as possible, saving your sanity and precious teaching time. 

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word gameswinter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word gamesThere are also 3 snowman posters to use in your bulletin board displays of student work. 

Woo hoo! There are two featured FREEBIES today, which are both from the jumbo "Winter Clothing Activities" packet.  

winter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word gamesThe first one is a set of boy & girl "Color-me" number posters which will help reinforce sequencing numbers and counting from 1-20.

The other FREEBIE is the "This is how we get ready!"  poster.  Reviewing these steps with my Y5s was a HUGE help in getting them independent.

Iwinter cothing games, winter clothing activities, winter worksheeets, writing prompts for January, activities to go with the story The Jacket I'll Wear in the Snow, color games, word gameshope you find them useful.  You may know that you don't put your boots on before your snow pants; or not to put your mittens on first or you won't be able to zip your jacket, but the "Littles" do not!

Although many valiantly try, only to waste more time taking things off and retrieving a stuck boot in a pant leg.  Some just stand there totally befuddled.  I hope you find the poster useful and have as much success as I've had with it. 

Well that's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

The only good thing about the rainy weather today, is that it will hopefully wash away all the dirty, ugly snow blobs left here and there.  I am so looking forward to spring and some much-needed, and energizing sunshine! Wishing you a fun-filled day.

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." -Hal Borland

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1-2-3 Come Do Some Penguin Activities With Me

Studying penguins is one of our winter themes that my students really enjoy. With that in mind, I designed “Waddle Lot Of Fun”.

penguin-activities-penguin-word-work-penguin-writing-prompts-peguin-crafts-penguin-games-penguin-centersBecause my school does Daily 5, word work is a part of our day; so I’m always looking for quick, easy and fun ways to build vocabulary within a specific theme.

Besides word work, this penguin-packet is filled with lots of activities that will help you practice a variety of standards, while learning a bit about penguins.

Simply choose what’s appropriate for your kiddos then “Print & Go!”

penguin-activities-penguin-word-work-penguin-writing-prompts-peguin-crafts-penguin-games-penguin-centersThe packet includes:

* A super-cute“Where’s the Penguin?” Spatial direction craft & game.
* “1-2-3 Sequence Me” chick & egg ordinal numbers game.
“Oh My! Opposites” penguin picture & word game cards.

* “Label the penguin” worksheets
* “‘Waddle’ Lot Of Fun!” word work booklet
* A list of 30+ words related to penguins along with their definitions

penguin-activities-penguin-word-work-penguin-writing-prompts-peguin-crafts-penguin-games-penguin-centers* Picture cards of 15 different kinds of penguins. (Share, sort, alphabetize, pattern, play games or make an Itty Bitty booklet with them.)
* An alphabetical list of penguins with “1-2-3 ABC Me” worksheets
* Penguin Species & Penguin Vocabulary word searches

* Comparison & contrast activity with Venn diagrams
* Graphing whole group activity
* Penguins ARE, CAN, HAVE worksheet
* Alphabetize the words worksheet

* Write a caption for the penguin photo posters
* “Favorite penguin” bookmark writing prompt
* “If a baby penguin could talk, what are some of the things it might say?” writing prompt worksheet.
* “I would/would not like a penguin for a pet because…” color-me writing prompt worksheet.
* “Pp Is For Penguins And …” worksheet.

penguin-activities-penguin-word-work-penguin-writing-prompts-peguin-crafts-penguin-games-penguin-centers* 32, mini-photo cards of real penguins doing various actions (4-on-a-page for quick printing).
* I’ve also included many links, so students can see real penguins doing these things, along with several links where students can hear the penguins “braying” too.
* Matching verb word cards (waddling, tobogganing, nesting, calling etc.)

* “How many words can you make using the letters in penguin?” worksheet. (Color & BW, plus an answer key with 27 words.)
* “Words that describe penguins” color-me worksheet

penguin-activities-penguin-word-work-penguin-writing-prompts-peguin-crafts-penguin-games-penguin-centersColor word fun:
* 11, pocket chart color word cards. (Includes gray/grey spelling options).
* 6 sets of “Penguin Colors!” game cards for Memory Match and “I Have; Who Has?” games.
You can also use them for sorting, patterning, and color-word practice.

* A “My Penguin Book Of Colors” trace, write & color emergent reader booklet, with a certificate of praise, and finally . . .

cov frosty flakes fact family funA set of color & BW penguin name cards.

Today's featured FREEBIE is an "oldie but goodie" called "Frosty Flakes" and practices fact families. I hope you find it useful.

penguin activities, penguin games, penguin word work, winter Daily 5 word work, January writing prompts, penguin games, penguin word search, penguin facts Well that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Two of my 8 grandchildren are coming over today, and we're making snowman cookies!

Time to put my baker's hat on. Wishing you a day as sweet as frosting.

penguin activities, penguin crafts, january writing prompts, winter word work, penguin games, penguin word findHad to pop back to share a photo of our fun morning!

"Even on a dreary and cold winter's day, grandchildren are sunshine to the soul that truly warms your heart." -DLH

1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowman Writing Prompt Crafts With Me

snowmen at night activities, snowman crafts, snowman writing promtps, winter bulletin boards, winter writing prompts, snowman bulletin boards, snowman writing promtpsDo you read the story “Snowmen At Night” by Carolyn Buehner?

It’s one of my students favorites, so I thought I’d make a quick, easy and fun little writing prompt craftivity for them to transition to after our story time.

snowmen at night activities, snowman crafts, snowman writing promtps, winter bulletin boards, winter writing prompts, snowman bulletin boards, snowman writing promtpsSo you can use this snowman for other stories, I’ve included non-titled patterns for versatility.

snowmen at night activities, snowman crafts, snowman writing promtps, winter bulletin boards, winter writing prompts, snowman bulletin boards, snowman writing promtpsLittle ones can simply make the snowman, while older students can add a writing prompt on the back, as seen in my sample, where I wrote what the snowmen in the story did at night. 

Other prompts could be: "If I were a snowman I would . . .", "I built a snowman and at night he . . ."  or "This is how you build a snowman:"

Completed projects make a sweet winter bulletin board, and prompts look terrific twirling from the ceiling.

snowmen at night activities, snowman crafts, snowman writing promtps, winter bulletin boards, winter writing prompts, snowman bulletin boards, snowman writing promtpsThere are 2 circle snowman patterns, as well as a blank-faced snowmen at night activities, snowman crafts, snowman writing promtps, winter bulletin boards, winter writing prompts, snowman bulletin boards, snowman writing promtps snowman, so children can draw their own, coloring with markers and crayons.

For fine-motor cutting practice, I’ve also included pattern pieces that you can run off on a variety of bright colors.

Children trim, arrange and glue them to their blue “night sky” circles to create a vibrant contrast.

snowmen at night activities, snowman crafts, snowman writing promtps, winter bulletin boards, winter writing prompts, snowman bulletin boards, snowman writing promtpsI’ve also included a rectangular “color cut & glue” snowman option, with 2 writing prompt worksheets for the back. (See cover photo.)

For extra pizzazz and that finishing touch, my students absolutely love adding some snowflakes to the background using mini “porcupine balls” or Q-tips dipped in white paint.   

snowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardsBesides writing prompt fun, I wanted students to be able to retell and sequence the story, so I designed some craftivities, which practice those standards in an interesting and fun way.

Completed projects make a really cute bulletin board, or look super dangling from the ceiling.

snowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardsI’ve included 2, “Snowmen at Night” posters to use with your display.

There are 4 options for the crafty “danglers”, so that you can diversify ability levels, or give your students a choice.

My personal favorite is the single snowman.

snowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardsStudents color, cut & glue the top of the snowman to the oval "tummy" section, which features graphics for all of the things that the snowmen did in the story.

Ater students color them, they use their dangler as a fun way to retell the tale. 

For writing practice, and to check comprehension, older students can list the things the snowmen did at night on the back of their project. 

snowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardsAnother option, has large snowflake "snowballs" with a graphic on each one, that are glued back-to-back and dangle from a trio of snowmen. 

Students choose one of two picture options; then color, trim & glue to a sheet of royal blue construction paper, which adds that touch of "night". 

Besides making the craft, older students can practice their comprehension and writing skills, by explaining what the snowmen did at night on the back of their project.

I’ve included 2 writing prompt worksheets you can use for this.

snowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardsIf knot tying is too difficult for you kiddos, have them twist half a pipe cleaner into a ring and attach that way, or use the smaller snowballs, and have students arrange them in sequential order around the poster. 

snowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardsYou can also use these smaller snowballs, along with a different, circular "topper" to create yet another "dangler" option. 

As with the larger craftivity, these are also glued-back-to-back, so that different images of what the snowmen do at night are visible as the mobiles swirl & twirl.

To check comprehension, make an extra set of “snowballs” (large or small options), laminate, trim and use as an independent center, where students arrange the circle graphics in the correct sequential order of the story.

You could also add a magnet dot on the back, pass them out to students, then sequence the story on your white board after you read it.

Besides making the crafts, older students can practice their comprehension and writing skills, by explaining what the snowmen did at night on the back of their project.  I’ve included 2 writing prompt worksheets you can use for this.Finally, make a “Let’s Sequence the Story” Itty Bitty booklet by collating the mini snowball graphics and adding the cover.

The activities are different enough so that you can do several.

snowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardsI sometimes get requests to make one of my storytelling "sliders" for a particular book; and was happy to whip one up for Kara in Wisconsin for "Snowmen At Night". 

snowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardssnowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardsSliders are another quick, easy & fun way for students to sequence and retell a story. 

snowman actvities, soowmen crafts, snowmen at night activities, snowmen bulletin boards, January writing prompts, snowman writing prompts, retelling a story activities, sequencing a story activities, winter bulletin boardsThere are two options in this packet, along with a "Here's What Happened" and "Let's Sequence the Story" worksheets.

MLK activities, Martin Luther King Day activities, writing prompts for martin luther king day, martin luther king bookmarks, There are two featured FREEBIES today!

Since Monday is Martin Luther King Day, one  FREEBIE is a set of MLK bookmarks.

Surprise students by leaving one on their desk, or give them a choice and have them use the bookmark to jumpstart a writing prompt about Martin Luther King.  

MLK crafts, MLK writing prompts, MLK bulletin boards, MLK activities, martin luther king activities, The other FREEBIE, is a writing prompt craftivity, which makes an awesome winter bulletin board.

Simply cut strips in a variety of construction paper colors.

Children glue them together to make a snowflake, then complete the MLK prompt:

"I have a dream too. My dream is . . ."  or "Like snowflakes, we are all different and unique, as well as the same because . . ." 

Any other winter writing prompts would also work.

snowmen at night activities, snowmen crafts, winter bulletin boards, martin luther king activitiesWell that's it for today. Thanks for popping in. I'm watching my grandchildren today so it's time to put my Nana hat on. 

I have a new batch of Play-Doh I know they'll be thrilled with, plus we're going to make snowman cookies.

Wishing you a fun day filled with giggles galore & lots of snuggly hugs. 

"In the cookies of life, children are the chocolate chips."

1-2-3 Come Do Some Snowflake Alphabet Activities With Me    

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsBecause my Y5s need to review letters throughout the year, I thought it would be fun to design some snowflake-themed alphabet activities; thus this snowflake letter craft was born.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsIt's very versatile, as younger kiddos can simply snip & glue their initial.

For added pizzazz have children glue their school photograph inside the small snowflake and write their name on the larger one, then arrange and glue them to their letter craft. 

If your kiddos have lockers, laminate and display there.

I've also included 3 writing prompt worksheet options for older children.

Choose which one is most appropriate for your students, or give them a choice.They attach the worksheet to their initial. 

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsOne option practices the vocabulary associated with letters. "Cc is for Cody and cat, crayon, clown, circle, crown & car."

So that the letter "pops" out, have children choose 2 colors to write their words.

For added pizzazz have them draw and color a picture of one of the words. 

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsAnother writing prompt option, "I am unique like a snowflake!" helps students get to know a bit more about their classmates.

I find that children really enjoy sharing about themselves, so filling in the blanks on this worksheet (favorite color, food, animal etc.) is an especially fun activity for them.  When everyone is done, have them "show & share" their completed project.  

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsThe 3rd writing prompt option, is also a fill-in-the-blank worksheet which revolves around their letter and name, and practices counting.  

Since all of the worksheets are so different, you could easily stretch this activity over several days doing all 3 prompts.

Completed projects make interesting & awesome wintry bulletin boards too.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsI've included a "Letters are 'snow' much fun!" poster for the center of your display.

Teachers can also assign a letter to each student then hang the completed alphabet cards up as a winter border, or use them as large flashcards

These could also be collected, collated and made into a class-made, wintry alphabet book.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsIntroduce the craftivity with my snowflake “Hush!” poem. So that the poem easily transitions into the activity, I added another stanza on a separate poster: "We made our time together, snowing blowing better, making a snowflake letter!"

I’ve provided one in color, which can also be part of your bulletin board display, as well as a BW version for students to color, take home and read to their families.

The poem is packed with Dolch sight words and offers a nice rhyming review and easy way to include the poetry genre into your lessons.

* Besides the snowflake letter writing prompt craftivity, there’s also a Venn diagram compare & contrast activity, and a set of lovely snowflake cards perfect for sorting, patterning, or playing a Memory Match game with.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing prompts* For more letter practice, I’ve included 2 sets of snowflake-themed, upper & lowercase letter cards, along with a 4-page tip list of what you can do with them, including games like “What’s Missing?”, “Hidden Letter” and “Kaboom!”.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, snowflake letter puzzles, January writing prompts, snowflake writing prompts* There’s also a set of snowflake alphabet puzzles, plus a “How many words can you make using the letters in snowflake?” worksheet, with a 111-word answer key.

* The “I Spy a Letter!” game sheets are a quick, easy & fun way to whole group assess upper or lowercase letters.

snowflake activities, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing prompts* The 6 bonus worksheets are nice for early finishers, homework or a sub tub.

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing prompts* Another super-fun way to practice letters and whole group assess, is with the snowflake slider craftivity.

There’s a strip for uppercase letters, and another for lowercase.

I have my students choose 2 different color highlighters, so that they can trace the letters in an ABAB pattern.

To play the assessment game, call out a letter.  Students pull their slider strip up or down 'til they locate that letter in the "window" of their snowflake, then hold it up. 

You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.  My students absolutely LOVE making and collecting sliders, so we do one each month featuring a seasonal theme that practices a variety of standards.

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snowflake writing promptsWoo hoo! There are two featured FREEBIES today. The first one is a quick, easy & fun snowflake craftivity that your kiddos will really enjoy doing with their families. 

Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.  My students love pointing out their family's picture, which is especially nice for preschoolers who often miss their moms during the day. 

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snow angel activities, 2D winter shape activities, snowflake writing promptsThe next one is a "Shapely Snow Angels" emergent reader booklet featuring 2D shapes.  I hope you find it useful. 

snowflake activities, snowflake crafts, alphabet activities, winter alphabet activities, letter art, letter crafts, snowflake poem, January writing prompts, snow angel activities, 2D winter shape activities, snowflake writing promptsWell that's it for now. Today's the perfect day to putz with more snowflake activities, as zillions of them are dancing in the breeze outside my office window. 

Wishing you a snuggly day, filled to the brim with fun.

           "Snowflakes may be delicate and fragile, but look what they can do when they stick together!"

1-2-3 Come Do Some Elf On A Shelf Activities With Me  

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsDoes an elf visit your classroom during December, quietly sitting on a shelf watching your students?

"Jingle" visits ours, and since he's such a fabulous behavior modification tool, and lots of fun for my Y5s; I designed some quick, easy & fun activities, which practice a variety of standards.  I'm sharing 4 of our favorites on the blog today. 

To grab your students' attention, ask them, "Who wants to be an elf?" then watch the excitement and enthusiasm grow for  the “Wanted: Elf Help” creative writing prompts.

Collect everyone’s page, add the cover of your choice, and you have an “awwww-dorable” class-made book
There are 15, elf-themed pages for your kiddos to choose from.

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsFor pre-writing, have students fill out the “My best qualities for being Santa’s helper” worksheet.   There are 2 options to choose from.
They can refer to this list to write their letter to Santa, convincing him that they’d make a terrific helper.

Although students can certainly write about their real qualifications, toss out a more creative option, where students think outside the box.
To practice "point of view" have them pretend to be a “real” elf applying for the job, and go from there.

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsI’ve included a silly letter from Jingle, my made up elf, that you can use to help explain things, and jump start those creative juices.
I'm sure that thinking up a name for their "elf-self" will be fun.

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsTo add to the hoopla, I’ve also included:

* 3, “I’m an official elf helper for Santa” badges
* A “Congratulations! You’re hired” certificate.
* 2, Wanted Posters to hang up to peak students’ interest and introduce the lesson.

Later, you can use them for a festive holiday bulletin board, if you want to display students’ letters before you make them into a book.

* There’s also a “We’re Qualified” poster you can use for the center of that display as well.
Because of the way I designed the pages, you can re-use the templates for other writing activities you may have throughout the month as well.

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsNext up is "Where's The Elf?"  Part of our 2D shapes standard, is to recognize spatial directions, so I designed an emergent reader with some worksheets & 2D shape games.  

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsYou'll love the variety of skills and standards you can cover with this sweet emergent reader packed with 16 Dolch sight words.

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsStudents read the sentence, add end punctuation, trace & write the directional word, then color, cut & glue the elf to the appropriate spot.

I've included a black & white, boy and girl elf cover options, with color copies for teachers to use for their sample.

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsThere's an optional last page for a bit more writing.

I've also included 3 worksheets, plus two, whole-group games, to reinforce 2D shapes and spatial directions. 

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsI love putzing with a play on words, so I came up with "Elf-abet" and designed a few elf-themed activities to help my students practice upper and lowercase letters.

The packet includes games,
* A variety of worksheets, some of which can be used as assessments.
* Upper & lowercase full-color assessment mats, with a matching black and white set to send home with struggling students.
* Plus an upper & lowercase letter assessment recording sheet

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsFinally, since recognizing numbers and counting are also something we work on daily, I designed another elf-themed packet to practice those standards as well.

The packet includes:

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf crafts*  Number cards from 0-130
* A 4-page tip list of all kinds of things you can do with the cards, including the “Kaboom” game
* Even & odd sorting mats

* A set of number symbol cards for more games and to show equations.
* A one - page template of 35 elf shoes & hat tiles to use as manipulatives to make groups/sets.

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf crafts* 11 trace & write worksheets. The “What’s Missing?” ones can be used as an assessment tool.

* 3, “I spy a number” game worksheets, that you can use for whole-group assessing.
* You can also re-use the worksheet 6 times!  There’s a full-page template, as well as 2-on-a-page to conserve paper.

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf crafts* 3 bookmarks of praise.
* 14 number puzzles (black & white, plus color) that practice sequencing numbers 1-10, counting backwards from 10 to 1, plus skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. 

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsSpeaking of numbers, the featured FREEBIE for today is a sweet "You Can Count On Rudolph" keepsake craftivity. 

Students trace and write the numbered pages to make a Rudolph's nose counting booklet.

Choose to count by 1's to 20, count backwards from 10 to 0 or 20 to 0, + skip count by 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. 

Simply fold the ends of the top of the "triangle" head down, add some hand print "antlers" & wiggle eyes, for a super-cute bulletin board display. 

elf on a shelf activities, elf help, 2D shape activities, reindeer crafts, reindeer activities, 2D shape games, alphabet games, alphabet assessments, alphabet activities, behavior modification activities, classroom management ideas, alphabet activities, elf-abet cards, elf on a shelf games, elf on a shelf craftsWell that's it for now.  My mom's visiting from Wisconsin, so I have an especially fun-filled day planned.

She'll be 91 in a few weeks, and constantly on the go, so I'll try to keep up!   Wishing you a safe and blessed day. 

"Mothers hold their child's hand for a moment, but their hearts for a life time. " -Unknown

 

 

 

 

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