Sunday, December 17, 2017

Easy Elf Adventures

After a busy week, we needed two quick adventures for our elf:

The teddy bear was a gift from a student.   The marshmallows were left behind in the teacher's lounge and were stale, making them perfect for tic tac toe.

The next day involved some lights and a banner:

One more week of elf adventures!


Measuring, Elf Style

We used Snowflake to review mapping skills this past week.

Since my handwriting is quite noticeable, I had Mr. R write instead.

Ms. P made this map of our classroom:

She also bought candy canes, which we hid in the treasure chest:

We used the opportunity to review legends, scales, measuring accurately, following directions, and how to use meter sticks.


December Blues

My oh my was last week a tad crazy.

I spent most of the week helping with the kindergarten ESGI testing.  It's a one-on-one computer based test that each kinder kiddo gets.  There are 44 tested standard, each with between 3 and 100 questions. Understandably, it takes a while.

I also planned a baby shower, a surprise party for Ms. P for her last day, navigated parental concerns (as always), and planned the games for the staff holiday party. 

For the past eight years, school has always let out around the fifteenth.  Due to {contract changes}, we are out December 22nd.  Yes, you read that right.

We go back the 8th of January, but still.  

Next week will be rough. The kids will be all over the place emotionally. I have end of unit tests to give, computer practice for upcoming tests, big preps, and spirit days. 

5 days until winter break.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Elf around the world

Yesterday's elf on the classroom shelf was internationally themed.

A friend from college was recently in Portugal and asked if anyone wanted a post card. I jumped at the chance because it was such a great opportunity for my students.

The post card came in a few days ago, so I went to the library to find books on Portugal.

It's hard to tell from the picture, but we set the elf up to read about holidays.

My third graders are loving the elf's adventures and it's nice to sneak in learning opportunities.  Plus it's December and I need all the help with behavior management that I can get!

Field Trip Fun

This week we braved our first field trip of the year to the Discovery Children's Museum.

It was a first for my mentee and my student teacher.  It was a first for one of my students.  It was of course, the first field trip for our elf as well.

We found a way around the "no touching the elf" rule with a plastic bag. Naturally, it's a magical bag:

Ms. P was super excited for her first field trip. 

She led the kids on a sing along on the bus.

We had some amazing chaperones and the kids had a great time doing some hands-on learning.  The museum staff was helpful and attentive.  

They even replied on Instagram, which made my class super happy.

Post field trip plans? We made thank you cards for our chaperones, worked on our essays, began typing, and silently read.  

After school I had tutoring, decorated for a baby shower, and then went to buy paper goods for the shower. I got home around 7 pm (after picking up Taco Bell for dinner), ate quickly, and passed out.  Field trip days are rough!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Elf, day 3 & 4

Snowflake has been quite the busy elf!

Yesterday, she got caught reading:

We passed out book orders and gave them a few minutes to pick out the books they wanted.  We also reviewed the no touching Snowflake rule.

Today she was under the weather:

We used it as an opportunity to unofficially introduce idioms and figurative language. Many of the kiddos already had background knowledge, which was great to see.

Tomorrow, she's off to a field trip! 

It's cheesy, but it's keeping the kids focused in December. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Elf on the Shelf, Day 2

Today we read the Elf on the Shelf story, compliments of one of my students.  She has an elf at home and happily brought in the book to share with us.

We made it into a reading lesson by writing down a list of main ideas about how to handle an elf visitor. 

Our elf Snowflake decided to jump into reading today:

Their excitement about our elf is contagious!