Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!




Where Did Rudolph Go?
Here is a class book we created. I read the story Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to my students. Then we brainstormed all the places Rudolph could go in Santa’s sleigh the day after Christmas. The students came up with some pretty good places, including New York, Tokyo and Detroit. The skyline of New York is priceless.

Christmas Tree Fact Families
The students pulled an index card with numbers for a fact family. They placed the numbers on the stars and wrote the addition and subtraction problems on the ornaments. The First Grade Parade had this as a math station. After we completed the station in small groups we completed the trees whole group.

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Christmas Candy Facts


Mrs. Carroll from The First Grade Parade posted an idea for this cute math activity. Instead of doubles the students chose a number and wrote two addition and one subtraction sentence, or two subtraction and one addition sentence for their chosen number. I think they turned out great! Thanks Mrs. Carroll!

Candy Cane Grab
The First Grade Parade is one of my favorite first grade blogs. If you haven’t checked it out, you should hurry. She posted a candy grab idea for Halloween. I bought a bunch of mini candy canes from The Dollar Tree and decided to create this Christmas Candy Cane Grab. The kids enjoyed it.

                                                         Christmas Candy Cane Grab

Candy Cane Patterns
The students choose a pattern of their candy. This was the biggest hit of math stations. There were a few of my students who wanted to do this each day during stations.
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Here is the download to go with the Candy Cane pattern activity.                                  
I made a big candy cane pattern

The Gingerbread Man


We also completed a pie graph form Mrs. Jump's Gingerbread Man Unit. I gave each of the students a gingerbread cookie and we graphed which part of the cookie they bit first.

The Gingerbread Man Song
I made this book to go along with The Gingerbread Man Phonemic Awareness song found in Kim Jordano’s Winter Phonemic Awareness Songs. The student’s used mini Elkonin boxes to write the name of the animal The Gingerbread Man ran away from.

The gingerbread man ran through the town book

Christmas Packages
I love, love, love Kim Jordano’s books. I used the poem “Holiday Packages” to create this kit. It’s filled with ideas  you can use with the poem. We didn’t get a chance to use it this year, but maybe you can save it for your files.

                                                        Holiday Packages Poem Activity Kit

                              Winter Phonemic Awareness Songs & Rhymes: Fun Lyrics Sung to Familiar Tunes

Word Work
Here are two of the Word Work choices the students had this week during Daily Five. In Santa Sentence the students toss a counter onto the game board. They have to write a silly sentence using one of the long e words.
Santa Word Toss

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I hope everyone can find something to use from this post, and I hope you have just as much fun using them with your students as I did with mine. I also had so much fun making them. Don’t forget I love, love, love comments. So why not leave a few. To all my fellow teachers I hope you all have the Merriest of Christmases and a blessed and happy New Year. Besides enjoying spending time with my fantastic family, I’ll be planning games and activities for Winter. Smile
Have a wonderful weekend!

Winter Already

I am now officially a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers. I have uploaded a few ideas for penguins and winter. There is a sample free download.  I will be working on more during the break (yes, I have no life). Hope you find something you like.
Here is the link to my store. I hope you take a look around.


  1. What great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. I will be using these next year!

  2. I love the font you have for Minty Math! Did you get it from Lettering Delights or somewhere else? I did the mints with my kiddos too... but with multiplication fact families! (I teach third grade.) Great ideas!

  3. I did get the letters from Lettering Delights. I love their stuff!

  4. WOW! I have just found your blog and TY, TY, TY! :O) You have wonderful ideas and I so appreciate you sharing them!

  5. You are welcome. I love sharing ideas!

  6. Thank you for the wonderful activities. What a generous, (and creative) heart!


  7. I just found your blog through pinterest, love it! Thanks for sharing all of your ideas :) Merry Christmas!

  8. Do you have a copy of the rudolph book?? I love it!! Great ideas.

  9. Just wondering if you are able to email me a copy of the Rudolph book?

  10. LOVE your rudolph book. Could you also email me a copy? Thanks SO much!

  11. Can you email me a copy of the Rudolph book? I tried to make one and it just wasn't the same.

    Thanks a million!!

  12. I was wondering if you would be willing to share your Rudolph book page with me. I love this idea and can't find a cute Rudolph graphic.

    Thanks so much!

  13. I love your rudolph book! Can you email me a copy of the cover page and book page please? Thank you!

  14. I would also love to have a copy of the Rudolph book. I would appreciate a copy and will certainly add you to my sellers to follow in TPT -- your stations and activities seem right on target. Thanks!

  15. Could I please have a copy of the rudolph book

  16. Could I please have a copy of the rudolph book


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