Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday Free For All Linky

I'm excited to be linking up with The Primary Gal for this Friday-Free-For-All Linky Party.  I know I'm a little late to be posting a gingerbread man activity, but December just flew by!  I wanted to focus my time on my family and two little girls, so blogging was a little forgotten about. Maybe a New Year's resolution will be getting better with blogging.... Until then, enjoy this freebie! My class loved making these ornaments after a two week long gingerbread man study. We read lots of different versions of the classic story. We compared and contrasted the plot, setting, and characters. The kids had blast voting for their favorite version!

I copied the ornament template onto tan card stock. The  students decorated one side and glued their school picture on the gingerbread man's head. They wrote what they would do as a gingerbread kid on the other piece. Then they glued the two halves together. I laminated them for durability. Next time, I will advise them to use less glitter and glue. (The gingerbread men with lots of thick glue and glitter did not laminate well!)

 We hung our ornaments on the tree by the office. I love that our school was decorated for Christmas! The fabulous custodian and the PTO worked hard to decorate the halls!

 The kindergarten family project for December was decorating gingerbread men. The kids got very creative!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Linkys 

 Click on the image above to visit this fun linky's host, Doodle Bugs Teaching

Our classroom elf made an appearance on Monday, an hour before my evaluation by the principal. The kids were very well behaved during my evaluation, despite the excitement of meeting Snowbell!

They come into the classroom all excited to see where she will be hanging out each day!


 We made elves using my new Classroom Elf Craftivity. They had so much fun creating their elf and writing about it!

                                                      Classroom Elf Craftivity

We went to visit Santa on Wednesday. Olivia didn't want to go to Santa, so we all ended up in the picture! Isabella was starstruck!


 Our town had a holiday night on Friday. Even though it was painfully cold, we went downtown to enjoy treats from the restaurants along the main road. At the park, an ice sculptor worked on an ice creation, and little trains gave people rides up and down the street!

My grandma made this Christmas calendar for me when I was little. My mom always hung it up for my sisters and me to use. It's a part of my Christmas traditions! My girls love moving the bear each day on his journey to find Christmas. 

In addition to the Five for Friday Linky, I'm linking with with Seusstastic Classroom for the Elf on the Shelf Linky party.