'Tis the Season for Giving: Holiday Gift Ideas for the Classroom

I am an teaming up with Focused on Fifth and other awesome teacher bloggers Counting Down 'Till the Big Day with some fun ideas for you!

Today it's all about holiday gift ideas for the classroom!

A cute idea I did last year for my kiddos was Elf Kisses!  I just put some Hershey Kisses in a plastic baggie with a cutout of the little saying.  I did these for my 3rd graders and they loved it.  I also did it for my son's daycare class and I'm planning and sending this little treat in again for his preschool class.  It's great for all ages!

You can grab this little FREEBIE in my TpT store here!
Merry Christmas!

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Teacher's Little Helpers: Holiday Products to Get You Through the Month!

I am an teaming up with Focused on Fifth and other awesome teacher bloggers Counting Down 'Till the Big Day with some fun ideas for you!

Today it's all about holiday products to get you through to winter break!

I've got a few Christmas themed products to share with you.
First up is my Christmas Math Worksheet Pack.  This is great for review and practice of beginning of the year math skills!
 There are 11 Christmas themed math worksheets that cover:
Working with Hundreds Models, Expanded Form, +/- 100, Addition & Subtraction Story Problems, Counting by 2's & 5's, Addition & Subtraction Facts, 2 digit Addition & Subtraction and Telling Time to the Half Hour.
 Next up is my Merry Measurement!  This is for 3 Christmas themed activities to practice measuring inches and centimeters.  A perfect fun supplement to your measurement curriculum!  You can read more about it at my post here.

I also have some fun holiday math and literacy centers.
These Wintry Holiday Math Centers include 6 holiday and winter themed math centers:
Snowflake Line Up (2.NBT.A.4)-Ordering Numbers with 2 & 3 digit options
Evergreen Tens & Hundreds (2.NBT.B.8)- +/- 100
Elfilicious Place Value (2.NBT.A.1 & 3)- Showing numbers in word form, expanded form and using models
Cupcakes Tens Go Fish (2.OA.B.2)- Combinations of 10
Double It Up Graphing (2.NBT.B.5)- One, two or Three Digit Addition & Subtraction

Also included are some holiday themed number cards that are used with 5 of the centers.  The great thing about using the number cards is that your students can visit these centers multiple times and each time they will work with different numbers! 
The Whooo's Ready for the Holiday Literacy Centers include 4 different literacy centers!
Ornament Compound Word Match Up (L.2.4.d) -Students match words to make a new compound word and record their answers.
Make Me Plural- Students sort words according to whether they need to add -s, -es, or -ies to make the word plural and record their answers.
Holiday ABC Order- Students sort and record words in alphabetical order.
Santa’s Prefix Sort (L.2.4.b)- Students match the words with prefixes to the word meanings and record their answers.

I've even got some Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication Scoot Task Cards!

This isn't all of it, so check out ALL of my Christmas products HERE! There's a couple of freebies included in that list too. :)

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Counting Down 'Til the Big Day: Holiday Themed Math- Merry Measurement!

I am an teaming up with Focused on Fifth and other awesome teacher bloggers Counting Down 'Till the Big Day with some fun ideas for you!

Today it's all about Holiday themed math activities!

Depending on my districts learning schedule, I seem as though I am often times ending up either finishing up or smack in the middle of my measurement unit right when the holidays get into full swing. So, because of this I try to find ways to incorporate the holiday spirit in some of my activities.  One year I decided to do some Christmas Candy Measurement Bags as a fun center for my kiddos!

Christmas candy measurement bags are a great way to get your students practicing measurement while still incorporating the holidays!

All I did was gather some holiday themed candy, stick it in a Christmas bag, give the kiddos some rulers and - viola- a fun measurement center!  Depending on the grade level or needs of your students you can have them measure to the nearest inch, half inch or quarter inch, or to the nearest centimeter.  

Christmas candy measurement bags are a great way to get your students practicing measurement while still incorporating the holidays!
Just a sample of some candy that I used.
This was great because they were able to practice measuring things that weren't the "perfect" inch or half inch or centimeter and they had to use their knowledge and judgement to decide the length of the items.  Now, if you are just getting started with measurement this may be difficult, so you might want to find candy items that will be appropriate for your students to measure.  You can also differentiate this for your students' needs using different items or how you have them measure!

If you find yourself in need of some more holiday measurement activities you can check out my Merry Measurement- it's three Christmas themed activities to help your students with measuring inches and centimeters.


This first activity included is Christmas Tree Measurement.  One way to use this in your classroom is to do some measuring around the room. First, laminate and cut out the 10 Christmas trees. Then, I like to tape them up around the room for students to find (I usually make 2 sets so that there a couple places for the kiddos to measure and it doesn't get crowded anywhere). Students first will estimate the height of each tree and record their estimate. Then they will measure how tall each tree is and record their actual measurement.  You could also just use this as a simple measurement center or rotation.

I've also done something just like this where my class elf, Jessie, left peppermint candy all around the room for the kids to measure.  Not real candy, but paper peppermint sticks.  Although Jessie did leave each kiddo a candy cane too! 

Our class elf left us some fun messages AND activities throughout the season!

Next up is Christmas Inches. This is a great fun activity or center! First, cut out and laminate (for durability) each holiday picture. Then, the students will measure the height of each picture and record their measurement on the recording sheet. 

  There is also a questioning worksheet on comparing the lengths of the pictures included. 

Last up is Merry Measurement.  Students just measure each line from one holiday character to another using centimeters and record each measurement on their recording sheet.  A super easy and fun center or activity!

Jump on over to all of the other blogs to find some more holiday math ideas and activities!


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