Do you have a classroom Elf?
Meet Snowball, he is new to 2nd grade this year and like all of you, I really don’t need to be adding more items to my ‘To Do” list but oh boy, this has been fun!
Moving the Elf, or thinking up new ways to get my kiddos excited about coming into the classroom each day has been exhausting, but a blast!
This month is nuts, I hear you, performances, parent gifts, students gifts, evening commitments, academics (wait, what does that look like in December?!) But hold that thought, I have a sneaky teacher plan!
Our Elf has been a fun way to inspire my kids to write, I know right? Shall we take a minute and do a happy dance together? I have never seen so much enthusiasm for putting pencil to paper.
Typically writing tasks inspire groans, an increased need to see the school nurse, bathroom “emergencies”, well, you name it from my crew. So a letter writing unit and “Letters to Snowball” has been an exciting way to begin our mornings.
We have limited time in the mornings so I have a letter template on students desks for them to get started right away. This begins our mornings with writing, then students fold them up and put them in Snowball’s mailbox.
I found a cute holiday mailbox in the Target Dollar Spot, which magically showed up at the same time as Snowball. You can download a friendly letter writing template for free, just sign up for access to the FREEBIES page. Scroll down to the bottom of this post.
Happy Holidays friends – embrace the craziness and find ways to make it work for your students and you!
Looking to instill a Kindness Mission during the Holidays? Check out The Elf Assistant Project resource in my TpT store.