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Free Christmas Bookmarks for Student Gifts

Student gifts are so much fun!  Don't you just love getting them something you know they are just going to love?

Free Christmas Bookmarks for Student Gifts

I know a lot of you like to give books to your students for gifts for Christmas.  I have made you some editable Christmas bookmarks to go with them!

Free Christmas Bookmarks for Student Gifts

Print them off on yardstick, paper punch a hole at the time, tie some pretty Christmas ribbon through the hole and you have a cute personalized gift to give them.

Free Christmas Bookmarks for Student Gifts

For each bookmark, you can type your name so the kids can remember who it is from.  Attach a candy cane or Christmas pencil and make it even more fun!   You can get these cute bookmarks, along with our other fun, free resources when you sign up for our newsletter!  If you have already signed up, the bookmarks are already waiting for you in the free resources folder.  😀

Take It or Leave It Would You Rather Type Game

A fun spin on the Would You Rather games is Take It or Leave It activities!  Students have fun deciding whether they would rather take or leave certain topics- like candy canes- and then provide evidence or reasons why.  


Christmas Writing Activities for students



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Christmas Holiday Picture Books for Elementary

It's time for all the FUN December activities!  Christmas read alouds, door decorating contests,  an exciting game for your party and engaging classroom activities!  Lots of fun and lots of pictures today!

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This is not an Elf on the Shelf book.  This rhyming elf book is about a different elf.  Funny with bright pictures that students will love!



A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree is such a sweet story about true friendship that will surely touch your students' hearts about what is really important!  Love it!



How Santa Got His Job is a fun book with lots of references to abilities Santa demonstrates in different jobs that will become important later in his final job as Santa!  This will be a fun book for students to use for text evidence!

               

Two last books with the favorite characters of Pout Pout and Bear round out the holiday read aloud list!

Christmas Door Decoration

Does your school have a door decorating contest?  We do!  This was a blast!  Everyone who came in our school loved this 3D display.  Students really enjoyed it!

Christmas Door Decoration

The snowman was the most time consuming part.  It took quite a few cups too.  But we purposely picked something that would last past Christmas so it could stay up longer.

Christmas Door Decoration

The Christmas trees were pretty easy compared to the snowman!  Students made the snowflakes.

Fun Christmas Holiday Party Games Minute to Win It Games

If you are needing a game for your classroom Christmas party, this Marshmallow Toss is fun!  We used some old Christmas wreaths and hot glued them to some boxes that were wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper.  Students had one minute to stand behind the line and throw as many miniature marshmallows into their team's box as they can.  Cheap and easy game that students really enjoy!

Fun Christmas Activities for elementary Christmas Flip booksFun Holiday Christmas Activities Christmas Flip Books


A fun, but thoughtful Christmas activity is a flip book!  Rather than have students thinking of long lists of toys, it's nice to have them think of one thing they want, one thing they need, one thing to wear and one thing to read.  I know some parents use a guide similar to this for their gift giving!

Similar to this is Gifts I Will GIVE.  This flip book is a good way to get students thinking about giving instead of receiving.  And to take it a step farther...you can have them think of gifts they can make or activities they can do to fit each of the categories so they don't even need to be concerned with how much things cost.  You can find the flip books here!

Fun Christmas activities for centers Holiday ELA Task CardsFun Christmas Fluency Task Cards for centers

Another fun Christmas activity for the classroom is task cards!  Fun holiday task cards for your centers and fluency task cards with a Christmas voice cube to roll and read in a reindeer, Santa or other holiday character!  Fun, fun! 

I think we are set now for a really FUN and memorable December!


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Blessings Shared With YOU!


This has been such a year of blessings!  And I would love to share some blessings with you!


14 of my blogging friends and myself are joining up to be able to pass along some blessings to you that you are really going to enjoy!

Each one of my friends will be blessing you with a free resource on Sunday, November 19 and Monday, November 20.  PLUS, we are EACH giving away a $25 TpT gift card!!  15 free resources and 15 chances to win a gift card!!  Sharing is so much fun!


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STEM and Family Literacy Night

STEM and Family Night Ideas

Our Family Literacy Night theme this year was STEM.  What a fun night!  


STEM and Family Night Ideas- Gear Up!

We decided to go with the GEAR UP title.  We decorated our doors and the FFA provided some pretty mums to brighten things ups.

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STEM and Family Night Ideas

Our school has been really building up our STEM activities and knowledge in the past year and a half.  So it just fit for us to use this as a focus for Family Night.  
One of the biggest hits of the night was the Marble Genius Run.  More time was spent here building tunnels and tracks for marbles to travel through.  Then rebuilding and doing it again!

STEM and Family Night Ideas

Our math teacher requested the Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks.  These little magnetic shapes can be put together to build objects.  They are colorful and easy to use.  

STEM and Family Night Ideas



STEM and Family Night Ideas

Another fun activity was the Zoob Builder kits!  We purchased two kits and combined like pieces together in the green buckets above.  Students could come in and build with the different pieces on their own or use the cards that came with the kits.  It is fun to see them creating and trying different designs!

STEM and Family Night Ideas
STEM and Family Night Ideas


But it wasn't only about STEM building activities.  We also involved the community!  Our high school students demonstrated a robot that they had built and taken to contest!  Very cool!  

High school students also demonstrated a 3-D printer!  That was really neat to see work.  Another community member brought his racing car on a stand so students could see it up close and ask questions.  He brought an engine so they could see it and all the gears that work together to power it!

STEM is a great way to bring in new ideas to your family night and a great way to involve community members.  They love to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics!

STEM and Family Night Ideas

Lego sets, Makey Makey, book sets and gift cards fit our theme for Gear Up this year!

Thanksgiving Activities for kids

Holiday Activities- Let's Talk Turkey! Literary Turkey craft, Eat More ______, Not Turkey and How to Cook  A Turkey, plus more!

Christmas Writing Ideas for Kids

Christmas Writing Ideas for kids

Christmas Flip Book Fun!  All I Want for Christmas and Gifts I Will GIVE




Welcome to Parent Teacher Conferences!

We Are Readers Bulletin Board

It's almost Parent Teacher Conference time!  I am always looking for ideas to display student work and what would be good to hand out to parents that would help them at home.

We Are Readers Bulletin Board Display

This We Are Readers bulletin board display was a lot of fun!  Students drew their own portraits and we folded paper for their book.  

Welcome Banner for Parent Teacher Conferences

Hanging a Welcome Banner is a good idea too!  You can hang it at your door or it can be a welcome for your whole hallway!  Click here to get it free!

Welcome Banner for Parent Teacher Conferences

The Welcome Banner also includes these student response pennants!  They would be great for parent teacher conferences.

Book Shelfies and QR Codes for Parent Teacher Conferences

Book Shelfies and QR codes was a lot of fun too!  

Book Shelfies and QR Codes for Parent Teacher Conferences

Take student pictures with just their eyes above their favorite books.  Parents have to try to find their child's picture.  They scan the QR codes with their phones to check if they are right or not.  A lot of fun!

Name Activities for Kindergarten

For any students still struggling with the letters in their name (it does happen, even in October), this freebie is a great activity to send home!  It includes the parent letter explaining what to do, a list of activities for them to complete, writing paper, and even an assessment for at school!  Click here to get it!

Retelling Cards

Parents always ask what they can do at home to help their child with reading.  Give them these bookmarks to help with retelling at home!  Grab them free here!

Does It Look Right, Does It Sound Right, Does It Make Sense?

I think it is important for parents to use the same language at home that we use at school with students.  These Does It Look Right, Does It Sound Right, Does It Make Sense cards are perfect for this!  Get them free here.

Tips for Readers

You can also include these Tips for Growing Readers to give to parents.  Click here for them!

Seesaw Parent Welcome Letter

If you have any parents who still have not signed up on Seesaw (who wouldn't want to sign up and see their child's work?) personally hand the parent this free Welcome to Seesaw letter along with the Seesaw QR code.  Get it here!

Good luck with your conferences!  Hopefully these ideas and activities help make it a success!

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Organizing Student Learning

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Organizing student learning can be a large undertaking, but interactive reading notebooks really help.  I find myself telling my students a LOT that our brains learn best when we are organized and when our learning is organized.  It's just true and some students need more help with this than others.  Some students are blessed with being naturally organized.  

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Once I started using Reading Notebooks, I couldn't see how I taught without them.  I use a 3 ring binder for my notebooks for every student in my guided reading groups. 

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

  I help students keep them neat by keeping them in baskets on a shelf rather than in a desk.  


How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Using tabs in your notebooks is a lifesaver!  Or I should say time saver.  Tabs just naturally help students get to the correct section, quickly without wasting time.  They can just grab the correct tab: Word Work, My Thoughts (Comprehension), Vocabulary, or My Books.  

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

By using sections, students can organize their learning.  They learn what each section means and where to be working.

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

In the front pocket, we keep our sight word pockets for sight word practice.  We quickly get these out for 2-3 minutes and go over words that are differentiated for each student.

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

Another good thing to keep in the front pocket is our Reader's Ask...Does It Look Right, Does It Sound Right, Does It Make Sense cards.  

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

We also keep our linking sounds anchor charts in the pockets of the notebooks.  I need pockets!  We use magnetic letters, markers, bingo chips, pom poms, etc... on our charts.

How to Organize Student Learning in Guided Reading with Interactive Reading Notebooks

When we have used up the pages in our Reading Notebooks, I have a place with extra copies.  This copy box (from Walmart) holds different pages ready to go!  Makes replacing notebook pages easy without wasting precious reading time.

Fluency Activities Reading Intervention Binders

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