Grades 1-2 were one hundred percent on board the Polar Express this week. There were trains full of everything from cops to coal and even presents. The trains were making their way through the high icy peaks. Yetis were peeking out from around the corners. Love how imaginative they can be!
Holiday Door Decorating Contest with some rules due to Fire code among other things. The decorating had to start after school on Wednesday and be taken down at the end of the day Thursday. No crepe paper, balloons or lights, etc.
Anywho, three students helped me throw this together super fast. Thanks to Emma, Sarah and Taylor!
Holiday Spirit Week Elementary Activities. I made a little pack of activities to go along with each themed day (and then some). They were mainly employed by early finishers. I like to have more than enough to do. You never know what the days will bring.
A long time ago at a child's birthday party the kids were just running around with extreme excitement and no particular purpose. My brother-in-law called it "orbiting"
This time of year can produce the same result at school.
There are 9 Pages in all
Link to Holiday Spirit Week Pack 4 pages for pajama day (3 individual people and 1 page that includes all 3 people). One for scarf day. One for ugly sweater day. One for candy cane day. One for sock day and one for crazy hair day.
I couldn't find an Advent Calendar for my daughter this year so I made one. The countdown has already begun but I will post it anyway. Super easy and fun! I ended up making one for my mom too. The possibilities for patterns and colors are limited by your supply of papers but the possibilities for various - prompts/messages/photos/jokes - are endless.
A link to a Zip file containing directions, calendar and templates is here:
Hand drawn Holiday Trees by School Subject Areas: Technology, Science, Phys Ed, Math, History, English/Library, Music & Art. Would make a fun lesson plan or Journal Challenge. I definitely had fun with it!
I hadn't used the timeline in Photoshop for many years. A student, Haley, refreshed my memory the other day. I am very thankful to have Haley in Media Art class this year! I also tried out some very quick shading under the advice of my daughter who is also in the class.
My co-workers came to me with an idea and a video for launching the Book Fair Week. Large cowboy hats fashioned out of rolled paper. I tried to wrangle that rolled paper into a hat but it just wasn't working. Then I tried rolled poster board - that didn't work. Looked around at home improvement store and found a temporary floor covering, RAM Board. It is made out of recycled materials, 100% Green and affordable. It was light, easy to use and made a beautiful massive cowboy hat. EXTREME fun! The kids are still talking about it
I truly enjoy Book Fairs and the themes that come with them. Building excitement for Reading - Priceless!
My mother is a retired Art Teacher so I grew up hand-cutting letters. She usually does it for me now but she is getting ready for a show so I did it myself. Little wobbly and crooked but I'm still proud of my work.