Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Part 2 & Polar Express!..And Break!!

What a FUN BUSY week we had! We are soo excited for Christmas and for our holiday break! This week we finished up our Christmas Unit and jumped right into our Polar Express Unit. I had a blast with my kiddos and am looking forward to a nice break with my family! 

 Click HERE on the the picture for my Christmas Unit at my TPT store.

Click HERE on the the picture for my Polar Express Unit at my TPT store.

Here is what our week looked like:

We made pop up addition stockings with the sum underneath each addition equation.


We practiced addition equations with marshmallows in hot cocoa!

We read my absolute favorite Christmas story: 'The Polar Express' and wrote about the different events that happened in the story.

We talked about how Santa gives everyone lots of gifts and we want to give Santa a gift too! We wrote about what our gift to Santa would be.

We started the morning with addition practice.

We read a Christmas tree addition mini reader.


We made large hot cocoa mugs and made our own addition equation on it using marshmallows!

We reread 'The Polar Express' and sequenced the different events in the story.

We made GINGERBREAD HOUSES!!!! My absolute favorite activity to do with my class! They turned out so great (way better than I could have done!) and our room smelled soo yummy all day!!

We started the day with matching pictures to CVC words on a train.

We worked on a Christmas Addition Stories Book

We also learned a little bit about vertical addition.

We had a yummy candy cane treat! I gave each student a cherry and peppermint candy cane to taste and they picked which candy cane they liked best.

We made a class graph of our results.

And recorded the data!

We talked about how we have gifts in our lives that aren't just toys. We talked about different things that are important to us and how that is a special gift. Then, we wrote about what we thought was the best gift of all.

We started the day with decomposing numbers on a train.

We worked on some more addition.

We searched all over the room for trains and solved all of the addition equations using one of our strategies we have been working on.

We got ready to board the Polar Express with our boarding tickets!!

We watched the Polar Express movie and drank hot chocolate! So much fun and what a wonderful movie! My kiddos were so intrigued by the movie and kept telling me all of the parts just like the story. So cute!

We got the biggest surprise! Santa sent us a gift all the way from the North Pole!!!

 We wrote a letter to our class and silver bells for us to wear! The kids were sooooo excited when they heard their bell ring!

We graphed whether or not we liked our hot chocolate with marshmallows.

And we recorded our data!

We did a cute writing activity about the different parts from 'The Polar Express'




We made a train to go with our writing.

 Then, we put all of our writing pages in the correct order and connected them together to make a large train!

It folds up to be like an accordion!

We wrapped our presents we made for our parents. Each student had a snowman ornament with their picture on the stomach. Here is mine! We also wrapped our salt dough ornaments that we painted last week.
You can grab the templates for this snowman ornament HERE

I let them decorate their bags however they wanted. I LOVED seeing all the different bags!


We made trains out of graham crackers, Oreos, mini Oreos, and marshmallows to go along with our fun Polar Express week!

My students were waiting ALL DAY for their presents! They were in the stocking all day long and they couldn't wait to tear their present open!

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing, and safe holiday break!

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