Okay....so how many of you teachers out there LOVE "The Elf on the Shelf" at Christmas time??? I know I do!!! It has proven to be a fun and effective way to help with classroom management during the dreaded "school" holiday weeks!!!! My Firsties LOVE our "Elf on the Shelf", so I thought that it would be fun to do a Linky Party to find out how creative we teachers can be....as well as be an inspiration to me on where to display my classroom elf, Nicey:) (Appropriately chosen by my Firsties!!) Please feel free to post anything about your classroom elf! All ideas are GREAT ideas! So here goes....this is a picture of Nicey perched high above my dry erase board in the front of my classroom.
This year, my Firsties have gone ALL out on the Family Turkey Projects!!! Out of the three years that we have done this activity, this is the first year that almost ALL of my students have done the project!!! I am so amazed....not only that they almost all have done it, but I'm amazed at the creativity that has been used in them!!! So neat! Here are some of them that I snapped pics of!!! Way to go Room 21!!! You ROCK at Family Turkey Projects:)
Okay...I'm on a roll.....:) I am always looking to keep my "Firsties" actively engaged while they are in Literacy Centers....therefore, I am always coming up with new activities or games to keep them going!! Check out my latest literacy game that helps reinforce their knowledge of our basic sight words.
Some of my favorite pinning while searching for "Sight Word Activities" this week on Pinterest:)
A great letter recognition center to use during Guided Reading time!!! The students will love it and it's easy to set up and reasonably priced:) This came from ....Mrs. Kelly's Kindergarten!
This is a fun way to practice sight words and also get more practice with sentence formation and word choice! This great idea came from....http://moffattgirls.blogspot.com/!
Now, this next sight word center idea seems to be pretty popular!!! I've used it for many years in my own classroom....and now, I'm seeing it all over Pinterest and have heard that many teachers are using it along with other store bought games that have been educationally altered by their owners:) Teachers are so creative.....aren't we???? Well, we kinda have to be! LOL
Anyway.....here's Sight Word Candy Land!!!!
I wrote sight words on my game board, but others have written them on the actual cards. Either way...the kids LOVE it and it really gets them involved with learning sight words....in a fun way:)
Other games that I have used for sight word center activities are: Jenga, Memory Concentration games, Chutes and Ladders, Twister, Scrabble, etc. The possibilities are endless!!!
Enjoy and Pinterest your heart out:) I know I will!!!
Ah....this time of the year is such fun for Firsties, but soooo tiring for teachers!!!! Competing with the wonderful "Candy" holiday for their attention is NOT easy!!!! These resources have helped me keep my Firsties excitement about Fall while helping me determine where a reteach is needed!!! Maybe they can help you too!!!