Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gingerbread and "Elfies"

Hi everyone, it is Jane checking in once again.  I find this time of year so busy that I almost forgot to blog! One of the things I have enjoyed most about blogging this year is that the blog posts act as a record of some of the things I am trying in my class.  It is like having an electronic plan book of the school year.
One thing I have learned since moving down to Grade 2 is that this time of year in the primary classroom is exhausting and primary students love anything to do with gingerbread and elves.

Gingerbread Fun

We have been reading all kinds of books about gingerbread.  We have been learning about adjectives and nouns, comparing the books and focusing on sequencing the events in the stories.  

 After reading the Gingerbread Baby, students made a disguise for their gingerbread baby and then wrote about their disguise and why they chose it.  The Batman disguise was one of my favourites!

Next, we watched the YouTube video where Jan Brett shows step by step how to draw the gingerbread baby.  My students were so quiet and worked so hard to draw her gingerbread baby.  Here is a picture of their finished products posted on our classroom door.  If you want a nice quiet activity for the upcoming week you may want to give it a try.  

How to draw Gingerbread Baby

Finally, we made gingerbread ornaments for the students to bring home as a gift for their parents.  This is a very simple recipe using ground cinnamon and applesauce.  You can find the recipe and how to make them here.   We will put the finishing touches on them this week after they dry. 
Gingerbread Ornaments

Take an "Elfie"

Memoirs of an Elf
I ordered Memoirs of an Elf from Scholastic this year and my students have really enjoyed the book.  In the book, Sparky the Elf likes to take "Elfies" instead of "Selfies" of himself with his cell phone.  The students really liked the term "Elfies" so I knew I had to design something to go with this cute book.  I came up with "Take an Elfie".  I had students pick from five different cell phone templates and then draw either themselves as an elf or another elf.  (A lot of the students wanted to draw their Elf on the Shelf). When they finish drawing their elf they have to pick a writing page which includes a hashtag to tell about what their elf is doing in the picture (Is it Christmas Eve? Are they helping Santa, etc., )  I can't wait to display the finished products!
Take An Elfie

You can find this activity here.  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!  I hope you enjoy your time off with your family and get a much needed rest.


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