Friday, 30 November 2012

The Elf On The Shelf

We have been having lots of elf fun in my classroom. 

My little ones are all trying so hard so that they will be on Santa's 'nice' list.
This is my first year with our classroom elf and I must say I think it is pretty darn cute.

There are lots of great ideas for  Elf on the Shelf activities.
Mel from
is having an
Elf on the Shelf Elfcapades Linky party.

If you were looking for some great ideas pop over to Mel's blog
She has some great ideas.
I think she is having a secret love affair with the elf. 
She LOVES everything ELF! 

 We have been having lots of elf fun in my classroom as well.
My book arrived last week and my little ones were so excited!

 Our elf is a girl. 
My little ones were quite amused that an elf could be a girl!! 

We voted on a name for our elf. 
My little ones called her

Twinkles likes spending the day with Pete and Chester.
They help her look for who is being naughty or nice.

 Twinkles sometimes pops up in a reading box.

 We made made an elf adjectives anchor chart.

 We used our adjectives in our silly elf sentences. 


 We also did a fun graph and maths activity.

I wrote a poem called The Little Elf. Here is our pocket chart.
I also made a reader for my little ones to take home.

We did a text to self writing activity to go with our elf that we made.
~ I am being nice when. . . ~

We wrote about ways we can be 'nice'.

This activity is particularly good at this time of year when my little ones are so excited and tired. 
It is a good reminder about doing the right thing and being a 'nice' person.

We have been having lots of elf fun!!

Don't forget to pop on over  to
for more Elf on the Shelf fun

Last but not least. . .

A big thank you to Nikki from Melonheadz for the fantasti
clip art.
I am ADDICTED to her stuff.
If you like the elf clip art I have used you should check out 
her blog Melonheadz Illustrating
her TPT Store HERE 

  If you haven't already, you really should check out her stuff.

Happy teaching 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Gingerbread Man

It feels like forever since I did my last post. I have been so busy.
We only have 2 weeks left till school finishes and I can't wait. 

We have been having a lot of fun in my classroom. Last week we did lots of activities about the Gingerbread Man. This story is such a classic. 
We had a fun Gingerbread Man hunt. I have been doing the "Great Gingerbread Man Hunt" for several years. I got this idea from Mrs Gagne's Classroom. I just tweeked the clues to suit our needs.
My little ones got so excited as we tripped-trapped around the school looking for the elusive gingerbread man!

Here we are trying to be quiet so that we could sneak up on the Gingerbread man.

The gingerbread man had been in the library and he left us another clue. Can you see the intense concentration as our librarian read out the next clue.

The Gingerbread Man had been at the office and left us another clue!

Next stop, the principal's office. My students had no problem opening cupboards and drawers looking for the Gingerbread Man!!

We did manage to catch that Gingerbread Man. We took a photo of him with us before we ate him all up!

And that was the end of the Gingerbread Man!!

We did a lot of fun activities.
I have put my activities on TPT if you are interested HERE

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Teachers Help Teachers

Down here in Australia we have been hearing about  
Hurricane Sandy.
I hope everyone is safe and well. 
We can only imagine what it has been like.

We can replace 'things' but we can't replace people.

 Laurah at THE ESOL ODYSSEY is asking teachers to link up to help those teachers who have lost valuable teaching resources. 

She is asking for teachers to donate a teaching resource to help those teachers who may have lost everything.
Just go to Laurah's blog and fill in the form with whatever teaching resource from your TPT/TN store you are willing to donate. 
Laura will will do the rest and and distribute the files to teachers who need a helping hand. 

Something small will help in a big way. 

 If you are a teacher who has been affected by the hurricane and would like some help with teaching resources, go to Laura's blog and fill in the form requesting help. 
Leave the rest up to Laurah.