Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deck the Classroom!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! December! The weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and the Christmas decorations are everywhere! 
I'm excited to share some pictures of my classroom decorations and Christmas themed projects! 
I'm linking up with Step into Second Grade's Deck the Classroom Linky!




This year, I moved to a new school with a new curriculum and group of students. I can't go full-out Christmas, so I put away my classroom Christmas tree and decided to decorate with a snow theme! Let it snow, let it snow!

We read snowetry and completed a snow closed read. My first graders loved learning about snow and had no idea what a snowflake looked like close up!

My firsties make their calender pieces each month, and for December my students made snowflakes out of construction paper. They turned out beautifully! I added dates and they are now on the wall and in our calendar pocket chart!

I don't have a lot of Christmas up this year, but I thought I'd share some of my favorite things from last year (which is why you'll see my old blog name on each of the photos... Ooops!).

To countdown to Christmas break, each day my students and I drew a new end of the day activity. It was so much fun to watch my students get excited about the end of the day! Here are some of our activities...


One of my personal favorites is, "warm fuzzies." Each student began with five puff balls. They walked around the room while music is playing, smiling at everyone they passed by. When the music stopped, they turned to the person closest to them and gave them a genuine compliment, and a puff ball. It was a wonderful community building activity for the holidays!


We also wrote letters to Santa that were published in the newspaper! I made this anchor chart to guide our letter writing. 


We also made some ripped paper Santa art. 
This was an easy and fun project for my students. 


One of my favorite books is, The Legend of the Poinsettia. After reading the book, we worked together to add post-its to our interactive anchor chart, and made pinwheel poinsettias. 
I found a pinwheel pattern online to make these (each poinsettia uses two pinwheels). 



We read many other Christmas and holiday books, and wrote book reports on Christmas lights. This was a fun (and easy) way to combine Christmas and Common Core. 


The week before break, each student made a stocking out of construction paper and "sewed" it together with yarn. My class filled each others' stockings with compliment cards. It was another way to show positive team building! 

Can't get enough Christmas!?! Head on over to Step into Second Grade and take a peak at some Christmas in the classroom fun!

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