This post makes my head spin a little bit because it is a mish mash of all things December from the last two years. Thank goodness I am in the midst of a little break from school, because I get some glittery nightmares when I think of the effort it takes to survive an academic yet festive filled December! Hopefully this post will give you some ideas or materials that you can use to fit your needs!!
First up, gingerbread week! There’s just no cuter cookie to teach us about story elements! With all the amazing versions of The Gingerbread Story out there we can’t get enough!!!
I recently added two new packets to my store. This year we added a math journal to our guided math block. I created a packet to use throughout December with both easy and quick peel and stick promptivities as well as concept driven interactive activities that will add to your lessons! I made both a first grade and a kindergarten version of this.
Kinders can fill in missing numbers under the flap and read and recognize shape names
Kinders can count numbers in a ten frame and write the corresponding numbers under the flaps.
For more about the first grade journal you can read my previous post here.
Our parent gift is always one of my favorite activities in December. We have a build a snowman factory in my room and students lovingly pick out their supplies to create a sock snowman. To read how to make these step by step click HERE.
To keep our studies of shapes going strong, we add to the quilt wall with this December quilt. Students follow a different pattern each month by folding and cutting each size of shape needed to fit the pattern. We learn how to make each size and shape from a 3 inch square. It helps them practice the shape names as well as see shapes rotated and sized.
These can be used for morning work, homework, fast finishers, or a rise and shine extension!
Now for a little academic fun, we make a count down bell. Students make a pattern of
construction paper rings to tear off daily leading up to Christmas. I
use this one for a Fun Friday choice. It’s always a hit. To make a
math center out of it, you can write a number sentence on the bell and
then use red rings for the first number plus green rings for the second
Kinder kids can make pattern trees! Firsties can make more complex patterns or add numbers to their pattern trees! This one is easy to differentiate! There are read alouds, writing, and templates in the Christmas Art Projects Pack below to these ideas.