Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Season to be Merry (with a freebie)!

Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah! Joy to the world...........happy happy happy!  I truly love this time of year but not everyone is always so cheerful, especially stressed out teachers.  Many times the teachers students have "holiday fever" and are grumpy, needing vacation extra energetic and extra unfocused on school work.  I have learned the more  we stick with our normal routines the better! However, who wants to go through December without fun activities? Well, I guess the Grinch but besides him everyone wants to decorate and have fun - without the stress!
(knocking on wood) Throughout the years my classes are well behaved and work hard during the holiday excitement.  My secret? Keep with the curriculum but plan one fun activity a day and do the activity at the end of the day.   Christmas activities can be used as a bribe.......yes, I said it. I'm not to proud to bribe my students.

My fourth grade team, a.k.a. The Fab Fourth, has already planned our fun!  Here's some of what we have in store (with help from Pinterest)...




Source: etsy.com via Lorraine on Pinterest

A family project we send home is a Natural Resource Tree (click here to read all about it).  It ties in with our Social Studies and the families LOVE it!

This year I am planning on having the students write a letter of appreciation to their family for a gift (to go along with the crayon ornament above).  We get to practice our writing skills and at the same time talk about appreciation and that the holidays are not just about getting presents.



 I also read The Twelve Days of Christmas in Texas. It is an awesome book and really sparks some awesome creative writing. Read my post about this incredible book here.

This post is getting long so I will tell you all about our Twas the Night Before Christmas rotation in next time.  But before you go I created a little freebie for you to use in your classroom. Just click on the picture below to download a Making Words Christmas version.
Hoping you have a stress free and Merry December! I'd love to  hear about holiday activities you do with your students!

5 comments:

  1. What great ideas! My mind is racing too with all of your inspiration :) Thank goodness for pinterest, right? Thanks for the Making Words sheet!

    ~Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  2. Great ideas Lorraine! I need to get my rear in gear and this was perfect. Those little elf ornaments are adorable! Mahalo for the inspiration.

    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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  3. Love the little elf ornaments! I will have to bring my camera to school and start taking pictures. Thanks for the great idea!

    Shelly
    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

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  4. oh Lorraine, those natural resource trees are awesome!!!! What a cool idea!

    I try to keep as much on schedule too and work the holiday fun into our normal work. I couldn't do that without all the blogs and Pinterest! Thanks!!

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  5. Love your blog! I am your latest follower...boy, you are getting close to 1,000!!! I am new to blogging, so I am always in awe of those of you who have really established yourselves! I absolutely lOVE your trees...what a beautiful project!

    Meg
    www.fourthgradestudio.blogspot.com

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