Feeling the end of winter blues? Between too many indoor recess days due to cold weather and being caught in a giant game of flu tag most teachers are feeling like they could use an energy boost about now. One of the quickest ways to lift your spirits and breathe some enthusiasm into your classroom is to brighten your environment. Spring decor is perfect for adding some fresh color with rainbows or flowers. Use can also change out bulletin boards to pique the interest of your students using spring themes such as weather, Earth Day, or life cycles.
We’ve gathered a few ideas here for a little inspiration:
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Teaching about holidays can be fun, but they are also required. At least they are in Texas. In early elementary, we talk about the origins of customs, holidays, and celebrations celebrated in the community, state, and nation. Among those holidays is Thanksgiving. Unlike some holidays, such as Constitution Day, students are most likely familiar with Thanksgiving and probably celebrate it at home. However, our younger students may not be familiar with the story of Thanksgiving or understand its significance.
There are many ways to talk about Thanksgiving in your classroom. Check out the following videos, books, and resources to help supplement your lesson plans.
Elf on the Shelf has been a well known tradition since 2005, but increases with popularity every year! The official Elf on the Shelf website describes the tradition as follows "Santa’s scout elves help him manage his naughty and nice lists. During the Christmas season, the elves are adopted by families and fly back to the North Pole every night to tell Santa about the day’s adventures. When the elves return from their nightly North Pole journey, they hide in a new spot and wait for their families to find them!" While the original story of the elves was for families, it is easily adaptable to use in your classroom. In fact, you can register through the Elf on the Shelf website to receive K-5 lesson plans.
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This Christmas Write the Room Bundle is a great supplement for your Christmas Around the World Unit or as stand alone activities during December. The advantage of using Write the Room as part of your Christmas unit is that it allows students to learn and review the vocabulary of Christmas symbols and traditions while moving about the room. (We all know the closer we get to Christmas the harder it seems for little ones to work quietly at their seats!) If you would like to sample a set, try this FREE Nativity Write the Room.
Are you looking for a way to engage your learners while learning or reviewing digraphs? Write the room is a fun and interactive way to get your students moving around the classroom. After placing word/concept cards around the classroom, students will walk around with a clipboard and recording sheet. Students write the words/answers they find on your chosen recording sheet.