For me, Tuesday was officially my last day of school until after the New Year. Even though it was only a two day week, I was determined to get as many curriculum/holiday related projects in as I could. One non-curriculum related project that I do every year, is my Elf Yourself project. I usually do a persuasive writing prompt with it, but this year, I did a pretty hefty Reindeer prompt so my kiddos hands needed a break. It is one of my all time FAVORITE projects because no matter what, they turn out ADORABLE. Here are a few shots from my finished board.
A close-up of me, “Pinky”.
And, one of my principal. Poor man. He’s new this year, and didn’t get the memo that I like to Elf the admin.
So, we Elf’d ourselves, but I wasn’t quite done with holiday cheer. This year, I found a super cute reindeer writing idea that I adapted for my classroom. Students chose the name of one of Santa’s reindeer from a bag and then did research on their reindeer. After they found out fun facts, they began to write 3 different paragraphs. In the first paragraph, they wrote from their reindeer’s perspective how they became one of Santa’s Reindeer. To help them, I created a new reindeer named Pinky. Pinky was chosen by Santa to be a reindeer because in school she was very good at coordinating outfits and teams. She always kept up everyone’s postive attitudes! In the second paragraph, they needed to tell what happened during the Christmas Eve deliveries. (Santa fell off the roof, the sleigh missed it’s landing, they ran out of fuel, etc…) Pinky passed out pink frosted carrots to all her reindeer friends to keep their energy up. Then, in the last paragraph, they had to say what they are going to do now that the season is over. (Take a vacation, plan next year’s route, learn new Christmas carols, etc…) Pinky was going to meet with a perfume company about launching her new fragrance, “Got Pink?” lol.
After all the writing, which was pretty much the best part of the day, (they were SOO excited to write more), I created a reindeer template and passed out my holiday scrapbook paper, and they created their reindeer. Add a little glitter glue, and we had some sparkly Santa helpers!
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