Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December FUN, Common Core FUN, & a FUN FREEBIE! Xmas, Gingerbread, Kwanzaa, & More!

Hello From Sunny California!

We have to work hard to get into the holiday spirit when it's still so warm outside so I thought I would share some of my favorite holiday activities that help us feel the holiday spirit.

Gingerbread FUN:

My students LoVe, LoVe, LoVe making this number formation book with colored glue.
The final result is a cute student-made book that they can use to re-tell the story of The Gingerbread Man and where they can they made with colored glue.

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Students illustrate each part of the story & trace the large numerals with colored glue. When the glue dries, it creates beautiful, raised numbers for little fingers to feel. 

Just mix some food coloring into bottles of glue (I remove some of the glue from each bottle & add food coloring until it's the color I want) and you are ready to go!

Use this cute student-made book to teach number formation (1-10) and your students will also get to practice telling and re-telling the story of the Gingerbread man. 

More Gingerbread FUN:

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This is a great idea for teaching about settings of stories.
Print the cover page for your class book.
Each student creates his/her own page with a setting
for their gingerbread man. They may use a program
like Kid Pix and use the background button to fill in a
a setting for their gingerbread man. My class used
backgrounds of famous places. Then, they either drew
a gingerbread man with Kid Pix or you may give them
a die cut gingerbread man to decorate and glue onto
their setting. The children love looking through this
book of settings over and over. (If you don't have a computer or a die cut machine, just let your students illustrate a setting and a gingerbread man with crayons, paints, or markers.)

Winter Holiday FUN:

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Students will love to read and re-read the predictable text in this Christmas Counting Book. It is filled with sight vocabulary words and the numerals 1-10 that your students will fill in on each page. Address ELA Common Core Skills for Reading Foundations and Math Common Core Skills for Counting and Cardinality.

First, your students will count the holiday graphics and write the number of objects in each set. Next, they will color the illustrations.
Last, they will read the text from left-to-right and re-count the sets of objects on each page. 

Kwanzaa FUN & A FREEBIE:

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Celebrate the 7 principles of Kwanzaa with this cute craftivity!

Kwanzaa Craftivity

~Print the last 2 pages on white construction paper or card stock.
Each child will need one set of 7 flames and one set of 7 candles. (There are two sets of candles on the master.)

~Students should cut out the principles and glue one to each candle color the candles to match the color words, & color the flames and glue one to the top of each candle.

~Give each student a brown rectangle cut to 12” X 4.5” to use as 
the base for the candle. Students should glue the candles to the base.

Christmas FUN:

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Create a class graph: Ask your students if they would rather b a reindeer, an elf, a snowman, or a gingerbread man. Then place their name or photo above the icons included in this set. There is also a printable sign to label your class graph.

I take each student's picture wearing either reindeer antlers, and elf cap, a snowman top hat, or a face frame that looks like a gingerbread head with the child's own face peeking through. Our class graph makes a bulletin board. Students tell the class why they made their choice. This facilitates opinion writing. :)

Personally, I would like to be a reindeer. They don't have to work as hard as an elf, they don't melt or get eaten, and they get to fly! :)

Here are some pix of my students dressing up like an elf, a reindeer, a gingerbread man, or a snowman:  

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See you all right here next year on the 4th of January 2014!

It will be 1-4-14!

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Palma :)

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