Elf on the Shelf Ideas for any grade

Monday, November 30, 2015
When I moved to 3rd grade last year from 1st ( by choice ) I had a few reservations.  Although I was more than ready for the big move up, there were a few things I knew I was going to miss.  Like the growth in reading, teaching phonics, 100th day of school, etc.  One of the things I was worried about was the Elf on the Shelf.  
Well ~ of course I couldn't have these new guys miss out on all the fun.  So...Snowflake visited us in third grade.  In the BIG KID WING!!!  How did she even find us?!?
Well I had to get creative since my kids were now { kinda BIG }, no little kid sissy elf ideas would work in Room 8 that's for sure!  So having teenagers I knew I would be well equipped!  My daughter played along and we changed her name in my phone to Snowflake the Elf of course.  She made sure to text me throughout the day on her breaks at high school.  Oh man can you imagine the chaos that ensued!  I would get the DING - DONG text loud enough of course for them to hear and I would put the phone under the doc camera to see what was going on.  It clearly read from Snowflake the Elf - so there were no questions! I even took a picture of her as the contact picture. ( see below )  Snowflake was texting us before her arrival letting us know she was on her way!
 Here is a picture from the first time she texted us:

Look at those faces, sheer delight and shock!  Oh did I have fun with this one!

Snowflake had to do more grown up things of course - she was cool right?  So instead of flying high on our decorations, she was texting a friend on her fake phone, or looking at the date on a calendar of her next concert.  She took a selfie one day and aced a spelling test another day.  
Here are a few more ideas:

Changing up the schedule is a good one, they got a kick out of that.  Wrap up small chocolate chip morsels with aluminum foil and create miniature 'kisses'.  When the kids were engaged, I witnessed a kind act or someone was helpful I would give them one of the elf's 'kisses.'  
Adding a learning target for the ELF is great!  Of course the day I did that the DO curriculum cops were coming around and the assistant superintendent literally laughed out loud.  It was so fun!
So the lesson learned today ~ have fun, be creative.  The students no matter what the age will look forward to this.  It brightens up their day, sends them into laughter and creates a memory that they will never forget.  After all ~ they will always remember how you made them feel right?!!?  Happy Elfing! 

5 for Friday { pov first and third person } and array surgery

Saturday, November 7, 2015
I am having so much fun being back in 3rd grade!  This is my 2nd year back and I just really love the age.  I'm enjoying diving deeper into the units this year and coming up with some fun ways to teach them.  Here are some fun things that we did this week:

So first we introduced POV this week.  These adorable number clip art guys were made by my friend Susanna at Whimsy Clips.  I introduced the concept and we worked on it for a couple days and then we made these cute pov people with her clip art and hung them up.  The kids had a blast and the concept stuck!

teaching 1st and 3rd person point of view craftivity

teaching point of view

teaching point of view

You can grab my point of view unit { here }

Teaching Point of View

The little circles are the hands and one says:  The story is told by:  and the second circle says: keywords.  So they had to write the answers in and glue them on the correct POV person.

I have a few chair covers to match some holidays and I move them around the room all day for kids that are on task and engaged.  It looks something like this:

behavior management tip using chair covers

Well I haven't found one for November so I threw together a turkey hat and move that around all day.  The child that has it at the end of the day get to visit our class treasure chest.  I got such a kick out of it when he put it on his head.  It reminded me that 3rd graders are still little. <3

behavior management hacks to use any time of the year.

My principal has promised our school that if we were to reach 300 PTA members he would shave his head at Friday line up into a mohawk and dye it blue.  Well...for our little school of 400 students we reached our goal.  He's so fun and the kids loved watching his transformation!

Those 2 cuties are his kids watching daddy get a mohawk!

teaching arrays with mulitplication

This lesson was so much fun and my kids got such a kick out of it!  Thanks to More Time 2 Teach for this brillant idea and unit!  We are working on the distributive property for multiplication and this worked like a charm.  I borrow the dr. mask from our nurse and called our unifix cubes specimens...  You can grab this fun unit 
{ here }

Lastly I needed on more behavior tip to help us focus through until Thanksgiving:  This is what I thought up:

behavior management tips to use any time of the year.

This little guy has turned out to be such a blessing!  I pre wrote goals on feathers and when my student meet those goals I tack up that feather.  When the turkey has all his feathers we will have an extra recess..Whoop- whoop!

Well that about sums up my week!  I hope yours was as fun and eventful as mine was.  

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