I don't know about you, but I my favorite time of year is from November 1 - December 31...I LOVE the holidays, especially the whole month of December! So I was really excited when I saw that I could join the Holidays Around the Blog Linky hosted by Mrs. Labrasciano! One reason I love December is that I get to do Elf on the Shelf with my kiddos! When Elf on the Shelf first came out several years ago when I was in college, I bought one at my local Hallmark shop because I loved the concept and said "maybe I can use it in my classroom one day..." And I definitely do! I usually make out a plan of activities for him to do each night after spending a lot of time scooping out ideas on Pinterest!
A couple years ago, I found a journal on TPT for my students to journal what our elf, Curtis, did every day during December and loved that idea, but also want my kids to do some morning work like they do already. So, I created a morning work and journal booklet that will allow my kids to journal about our elf each day and do a reading or math Christmas-themed activity at the bottom. BUT, this pack includes a lot more than just morning work and journal pages! Check out some sample pages below.
Here is what is included:
Morning Work & Journal Book with numbered days (up to 18 days)
Morning Work & Journal Book without numbered days (up to 18 days)
Elf Adventures Log
Letter to Santa
Naughty or Nice? Opinion writing
Nightly Elf Adventures imaginative/narrative writing
Christmas Word Search
My Wish List
Classroom Scout Elf Behavior Notes
Naughty Behavior Warnings
Teacher Naughty Behavior Log
Notes to the Elf
I printed my copy a couple weeks ago and got so excited to use this yesterday as I was going through planning on how to copy it for my kids. I plan on having Curtis bring these with him from the North Pole when he arrives on our first day back after Thanksgiving break...along with his new reindeer friend - Chet! They keep adding something new every year - but with the Elf Pets, the kids can actually touch, hug and cuddle them to help their heart pendant fill with magic so that they can fly Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. Got mine at JcPenney about a week ago and was able to use a coupon so I got it for pretty cheap!
I know it's early but Merry Christmas friends! I hope you enjoy this season with your family and classroom kiddos as much as I do!