Friday, December 13, 2013

A Little Christmas Five for Friday!

One word... exhausted! I just can't keep up with the "Christmas is coming so I'm going to go wild" energy of my students! This Five for Friday is perfect because there's just FIVE more teaching days till two weeks of vacation... Yes, Yes, Yes! 

We got the first snow day of the year! It doesn't snow too often at the beach. My pond completely froze over... frozen enough for my dog to walk across. There was snow on the sand. It was a beautiful sight! Luckily, my pipes didn't freeze! 

I finished decorating my little house for Christmas. It's not much, but it makes me cheery every time I turn the lights of my Christmas tree on. When I was a child, my mom went full-out with the Christmas decorations. I am starting to accrue my own decorations so I can carry on this Christmas tradition.  

My second graders finished up our Gingerbread unit. We read a TON of versions of The Gingerbread Man and compared and contrasted their story elements. My second graders are pretty darn good at knowing their story elements now. I love it when they use the new vocabulary in their friendly conversations... "I liked how the setting was in the woods..."

My second grade Dears wrote letters to Santa. They received a letter from Santa that they were on the 'Naughty List.' They worked really hard at convincing Santa that they should be placed on the 'Nice List.' One of my kids said, "I've never been on the Naughty List before. This is not good!"

Every week should end with a fun art project! To tell you the truth, I hardly ever have time for craftiness in the classroom! I always see cute ideas on Pinterest or TPT, but have a hard time letting my kiddos do something that isn't directly connected to a standard. But, it's Christmastime, so I'll let it go! 

My second graders wrote Haiku poems and make a background for their poetry. We made these cute ripped Santas (some kids made wreaths instead of St. Nick). They were super easy, and I came up with it at the last minute! 

I printed a circle and triangle on construction paper. The students cut out the shapes, glued them to the black construction paper background, and began ripping white paper. They used the ripped paper as the texture in Santa's beard, eyebrows, and hat. They had so much fun! 

That's a peak at my crazy busy week!
 How was your week? Did you do any fun crafts or art projects? 

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  1. Hi Elizabeth,
    Your Santa letter anchor chart is so super cute and I love your sweet little tree. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  2. Snow at the beach! That seems crazy! :) I have a little house (apartment) too and only have a few Christmas decorations but, like you, I love switching the tree lights on every evening.

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

    1. It doesn't snow on the sand too often, but it was beautiful!

  3. No snow at my beach in South Florida! Still very warm! LOVE your little tree and your adorable Santas. Gina
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

    1. Man, I would love to be on a warm beach right now!

  4. Glad I found your blog through the Five for Friday linky party!
    Teaching, Love, Cupcakes

  5. Looks like you had a great week! I love the gingerbread theme - we did a Stone Soup theme right before Thanksgiving - the kids loved it! Your blog is adorable, I'm glad you stopped by to visit mine!

    1. I love the idea of reading versions of Stone Soup before Thanksgiving! I may have to try that next year!


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