Today I read an old version of The Elves and the Shoemaker.
Then, we made cute little elves from Life in First Grade.The patterns for this craft are a free download on Ms. Leslie Ann's blog.
Below is a close-up of one. Notice that the maker of this one put the shoes on the "right" way. Above you can see that a couple have their shoes on funny! : )
As you can see, this was an involved craft. I had all of the tracing and cutting done ahead of time (with the help of my wonderful classroom aide). I also had some of the pieces put together ahead of time (I put the ears and hair on the heads. I also put the balls on the shoes and the hat ahead of time also. AND I glued the googly eyes beforehand as well). I was so glad I could do this craft with my class. I'm so lucky right now to have the time on my hands to prepare involved crafts like this one. Next semester, I will be taking 3 grad classes to get my Reading Specialist certification, so, needless to say, I won't have quite as much time!
Here was our elf morning work:
Students had to color by letter. (e = green, l = red, and f = yellow). This free activity can be found HERE.
Below are center activities we did today:
We completed this graphing activity from Fran Kramer at Kindergarten Crayons. Although we did our gingerbread week last week, I couldn't help but roll this one in. We did a graphing activity last week, and because graphing is still a pretty new skill for my preschoolers, I was happy to give them more practice with it.
We also filled the sleigh with rhyming words. This worksheet came from the Dec./Jan. 2011-2012 Mailbox Teacher's Helper for Kindergarten.
I'll be repeating these activities with my 3s tomorrow. 4s did them today. I'll be back later this week with more holiday fun!