Sunday, December 14, 2014

If all else fails…use Santa...

We can do it!!! Only 4 1/2 more days (yes, I am getting that specific) of jingle bells, snowmen, and telling kids "Yes, our elf really does report back to Santa. No, I don't think Santa would like that very much". 
As this is our last week before Christmas break, my jet setting kinders are wrapping up their holiday tour around the world. I used Rachelle Smith's AMAZING Holidays Around the World unit. You can find it here We have been to Italy, The Netherlands, Israel, and Mexico just in the past week! My students are utterly fascinated by our giant world map, and being able to pick out locations that we have "been" to. It has been such a great way to incorporate social studies, writing, and even math. This is definitely something I plan on building on and adding to throughout the year. 

I wish all of you out there an amazing, fun filled last week with your kiddos! 


Saturday, December 6, 2014

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

He's Back...

This is my absolute favorite time of the year, and my most favorite part of teaching kindergarten. The kids are so excited during the holidays and bringing the Elf on the Shelf always adds that extra kick we need! This year, my class named our elf "Spot". It was either Spot, or Johnny the Zombie Slayer. I may have miscounted when counting up the votes. JTZS just doesn't have that ring to it. My goal this year, was to create a whole themed unit around our classroom elf. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a spy. So I thought it would be fun to create a unit where the kiddos are the super sleuths and their mission is to find out where Spot is hiding every day. Each day the kids write in their spy journals describing and drawing where our elf hides every day.

The kids absolutely loved it! They even asked me where their "spy gear" was. It's such a great way to add a writing component to something that really hooks the kids as it is. 
My "Catch that Elf" Interactive Journal is differentiated and comes with two types of journals, a "Goodbye elf" letter, and some other themed activities including a sight word game, and ten frame match up. If you have a classroom elf, then this is the pack for you!
You can find it on my Teachers Pay Teachers here

Hope you guys enjoy!!