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December is here!
2 Dec, 2013. 11 Comments. A Day In First Grade, December, First Grade, First Grade Holidays, First Grade Language, Holidays, Kindergarten Holidays, Preschool Holidays, Writing. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This afternoon I went to my classroom to get everything ready for December and I am so happy with the way that things turned out. I know tomorrow that when my students walk in, their eyes will open wide and they will get excited to learn, to write, to read, and to challenge themselves to do more than they thought was possible. Creating an atmosphere of wonder and engagement is so important to me. I also love to make my classroom feel inviting and welcoming. I think my students will be excited to see the changes tomorrow!
My favorite transformation thus far is my writing center. I hung some garland, lights, and holly berries {from Target} around the top and sides of my peg board and hung up some ornaments. On the ornaments I wrote down different writing ideas that my students can use during the month of December. I used a silver sharpie to write the prompts. 
The prompts say things like “Write a letter to Santa” (which they will put in our class mailbox), “Write a Christmas wish list”, “Write about reindeer”, “Write about Jesus”, and “Write a story using our Christmas words”.
Under the ornaments I hung a few Christmas words. 
My students can use these in their stories, they can use them during word work, and they can use them with our “write the room” activities. 
I put the extra cards inside the gift bags that are also hanging on the peg board. On the table I included a few recording sheets for my students to use when they are at the center. I used Annie Moffat’s reindeer pages from her December journals (since next week is reindeer week) and letter paper from Reagan Tunstall’s Mailbox Station pack. My students will use these papers to write letters to Santa!  
Another activity that I always look forward to in December is our “read aloud time.” To really get my students excited, I wrap up my favorite picture books and place them in a special basket in my classroom. 
 Each day, one student will choose one present and I will read that story to my class. The student that picked the present will then have the first choice if he/she wants to put the book inside their book box. {They normally do!} 
 Tomorrow my students will also get to play a few of my new Christmas Math Centers. I absolutely love the way these centers turned out and I know my kids are going to FLIP tomorrow! 
The first center that I will introduce is called “What is missing?” In this center we will continue to work on addition problems with missing addends.  This time my students will get to use candy canes to figure out what is missing! 
 I put the cards in Christmas gift boxes to make it even more fun! 
 My students love “cover it up games” so I had to make a few more for them to play. This one practices addition skills and reading tally marks. For this game my students will reach into the gift box and pull out one card. If the number is not covered on the game board, they can they place their color unifix cube on the number. 
 Whoever covers the most numbers, wins! 
 Another center that we love are true/false centers. I love these because they really make my students think critically. For this center my students will use plastic ornaments as counters! 
We are also focusing on counting coins. In my center “How much money?” My students will match objects with price tags to the correct coin amount. 
 And finally, we will continue to work on time. This time my students will spin a spinner and try to find the matching clocks to go with the time they spun. I know they will love this! 
I can’t wait to see my student’s reaction to our new centers, decorations, and activities.
{All of the math centers are available in my Christmas Math Bins pack. Click on the cover below to get taken directly to it! The writing cards are going to be in a packet but it is not ready yet– sorry! It should be out soon!} 
 Don’t forget, tomorrow and Tuesday TpT is having a HUGE cyber Monday and Tuesday sale. My shopping cart is ready to go and my entire store is on sale! Remember to use the code “cyber” when you check out! 
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11 Comments
  1. Really adorable! I love how you have decorated the entire classroom. I’m not quite up for it this year but I’ll have to pin you page for next year. Merry Christmas!

  2. You are seriously amazing!

  3. Kim -

    Your posts ALWAYS make me wish I was a 1st grader in your class.

  4. I am obsessed!!! So cute! You better count those candy canes before and after to make sure they didn’t sneak some! 😉

  5. I must have this! Not only are your centers amazing…your engagement level is through the roof!!!! I wish I was in your class!

  6. I need to be in your classroom!!! The Moffatt Girls are coming to visit you!! Awww…what a FABULOUS post!!!

  7. Love your classroom for Christmas! It really gets me motivated! I have many more questions about where you got your cute mailbox, where did you find your neat candy cane lunch box thing, & the other small boxes? You also have such long hooks on your ornaments. Can you email me & also would love the writing cards packet you talked about. Thanks again, Jackie jmcmanam@w-sioux.k12.ia.us

  8. This is freaking PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh. I think I’m going to wrap up my books too.

  9. You have the best ideas! By any chance, do you have a December map, like you did for October?

  10. I love your writing center! I hope to create an engaging, fun writing center like this in my classroom! Where did you get your adorable mailbox? Thanks!

11 Comments

  • Really adorable! I love how you have decorated the entire classroom. I’m not quite up for it this year but I’ll have to pin you page for next year. Merry Christmas!

  • You are seriously amazing!

  • Kim -

    Your posts ALWAYS make me wish I was a 1st grader in your class.

  • I am obsessed!!! So cute! You better count those candy canes before and after to make sure they didn’t sneak some! 😉

  • I must have this! Not only are your centers amazing…your engagement level is through the roof!!!! I wish I was in your class!

  • I need to be in your classroom!!! The Moffatt Girls are coming to visit you!! Awww…what a FABULOUS post!!!

  • Love your classroom for Christmas! It really gets me motivated! I have many more questions about where you got your cute mailbox, where did you find your neat candy cane lunch box thing, & the other small boxes? You also have such long hooks on your ornaments. Can you email me & also would love the writing cards packet you talked about. Thanks again, Jackie jmcmanam@w-sioux.k12.ia.us

  • This is freaking PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh. I think I’m going to wrap up my books too.

  • You have the best ideas! By any chance, do you have a December map, like you did for October?

  • I love your writing center! I hope to create an engaging, fun writing center like this in my classroom! Where did you get your adorable mailbox? Thanks!

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