Friday, December 7, 2012

The Holidays Have Arrived in First Grade!

      The Holidays have arrived in our classroom!  This week we started our fun Gingerbread centers and literacy workstations and we are getting in the holiday spirit!  We had SO much fun reading and comparing different gingerbread books.  We did partner reading with gingerbread books, wrote about gingerbread characters, typed stories our own versions of the story, and measured gingerbread. 
      We created a chart to sort the different titles, characters, repeated phrases, and the endings of the stories.  Some of the books we read were The Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Fred, and The Gingerbread Cowboy.  My kiddos have LOVED these stories and have loved comparing the different books and characters.  My favorite gingerbread book is The Gingerbread Girl.  I was thrilled yesterday to find The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers, while at the Scholastic Warehouse sale! The kids were excited today too, when they saw it sitting on my shelf.  We had to read it and yes, they loved it! 
   The Gingerbread GirlThe Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers
This was our gingerbread story chart.  We compared four different stories. Some of my students used this chart to help them create Venn Diagrams about two different stories.  
This is our classroom bulletin board in the hallway.  We share it with the fabulous first grade class next door!  These cute gingerbread men are covered in glitter, chocolate chips, and sequins!  

      Here is a new packet for Gingerbread Doubles!  Make sure to click below on the picture and get your copy.  This packet has numbers through 30 and includes activity sheets for doubles, doubles plus one, and doubles minus one!  I hope your student's will enjoy the gingerbread activities as much as mine have!

      On another note...Our Elf on the Shelf arrived on Wednesday and the students named him Elfie.  Coming in at a close second was the name Tootie! I am glad that Elfie won!  He seems to be working, so far that is!  Our windows are also decorated with stockings.  The students hang their stockings and each great day that the student has he/she gets a sticker on the stocking.  It is each child's goal to get as many stickers as possible.  It is definitely motivational, as the students have been counting their stickers all week! (We only started this on Monday!) 
Take a look at Elfie.  You may have to look closely, but he is in the Kermit stocking! 

Happy Holidays to you and your classrooms!
- Michelle

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