Friday, January 6, 2017

Treat Tags: You are BERRY Appreciated

One of my favorite things to do is send happy mail to folks in our school district. 
This year I actually put items on my calendar to remind me to 
do so and I've made an effort to do it for any meetings I hold as well.

It may seem silly to send folks little bags of snacks with a cute note, 
but it's funny how something little bitty with a note reminding someone 
that they are loved and appreciated- can make a HUGE impact. 

As I complete my little thank you treats I'll post the printables 
so you can make your own. 

This week I picked up a package of fruit snacks in the
Valentine's Day section at Walmart.
It was a big box of 32 for less than $5!

I created a little note that said:

I left some blank space on the side so I could 
tape the little treat directly to the note. 
Easy, peasy!

You can print out your own copy HERE
Some files are a PDF with four per page on it,
some are PDF files with four pages per file, 
and some are JPG files that you can print in any size.
(That's how I printed these- wallet sized)
If you aren't sure how to print four per page from a PDF, 
you can find directions for doing so HERE

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gingerbread Fun 2016

Wish your kids could decorate gingerbread houses or cookies 
without all the prep and mess and clean up? 
They can!
Below are several fun online gingerbread decorating sites
and other fun gingerbread man online activities! 

Gingerbread Decorating:
Decorating gingerbread cookies is a wonderful yet messy holiday activity. Here are some great sites where your students can decorate their own personal cookie- with zero mess!

My Gingerbread Man has lots of options for decorating!

This Candy Land Gingerbread Man has lots of candy 
choices and colors for clothing and frosting and icing!

Time to Decorate is a simple site from Blenderbox that lets you decorate a cookie. There are only a few candy choices but it's still fun!

Here is another fun gingerbread decorating site with lots of options- shape, icing, and details!

These sites would not only be a fun one to share with your students- whole class on a Smart Board and individually- but would also be a fun way for them to practice mouse skills at the same time! 

As wonderful as it would be to create gingerbread houses with all of your students each year, it's sadly both cost and time (not to mention mess) prohibitive. 
Here are a few sites to do so virtually:

This fabulous site from Highlights website- Design Your Own Gingerbread House will allow each of your students to create their very own individual gingerbread house!
On this site students can choose from many different food, candy, icing and other items to decorate their house any way that they choose. All items can be rotated, re-sized, and flipped which makes each house unique. This is such a fun and creative site and would be fabulous as both a whole class activity and as an individual student activity.The completed houses can even be printed so students can take them home once they are completed. These houses won't be quite as sweet as real ones, but they are a great classroom alternative!

This site by Jan Brett is beautiful and fun! 

All three of these gingerbread house sites would be great for story starters or just for fun!

The Gingerbread Man:
This Gingerbread Man Storyboarder is a great way for students to re-tell or re-write a story, creating a sequence of scenes. They can select backgrounds, add characters and props, change the position and size of characters, add text in the form of captions, speech, and thought bubbles or write the story narrative below the scene on the timeline. 

This Gingerbread Man activity is a great way to have students practice adding punctuation to sentences based around the Gingerbread Man story. The punctuation has been stripped out for students to add back in with two levels of activity. 

Here is a great simple version for little ones at Starfall

Here's a great telling of the Gingerbread Man from Starfall. 

Here is another online version that reads the story to students.

Here is a great Gingerbread Man story to read along with

Here is a version of the story from TopMarks

The Gingerbread Man Game to practice counting, matching and ordering can be found here. 

Gingerbread Math:

Mathwire has some great Gingerbread Man Math ideas including:

This Gingerbread Man game allows students to punctuate simple or complex sentences. 

Gingerbread Printables:
Here are some printable masks so your students can act out the story themselves. 

Here's a Gingerbread man to color online and print!

Sparklebox has some FABULOUS Gingerbread printables like:story aids, masks, sequencing sheets, gingerbread men with numbers on them and many more! 

Online Tree Decorating 2016

Want to decorate a tree without all the mess and untangling lights? 
You can! 

Below are several fun online decorating options! 
So fun and so easy! 

Decorate the Christmas Tree is a fun site where you can add
 ornaments, a star, lights, bells and more!

Make a Christmas Tree by ABCya has different tree shapes, presents, bows, 
and ornaments to decorate a tree!

This site from Muse Arts is beautiful and you can even turnthe lights off so it glows! 

This one is fun because it gives you many choices, allows you to stretch and 
rotate items, as well as the ability to print your finished tree! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Reindeer Fun 2016

Santa's Official Reindeer Cam is such a neat way for kids to see what an actual reindeer looks like! If you look in the top right corner you can even see a digital Nice List in the top right corner. To get your student's names on the list or to find out when Santa feeds the reindeer click here. 

These Singing Reindeer are super fun!

This is one of the cutest sites out there to use during the Christmas season!
The Rain Deer Orchestra is a site where students touch the nose (or type the number on their shirt) of a reindeer to play different musical notes. There are three song choices to choose from- Jingle Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Deck the Halls- or you can free play and play and make up your own song. This is a fabulous site to use with students on your Smart Board-with a different student in charge of a different number or one student in charge of the entire orchestra. Students could also do this at individual student computers-which would be a fabulous way to practice number recognition and mouse skills.

There are many online sites where students can listen to Christmas stories. This is one of my favorites because it gives visitors the option to read the story themselves or have it read to you. The Reindeer Barn is a part of the site. Raymond is a reindeer that lives in the reindeer barn with all the other reindeer and hopes to be the newest member of Santa’s reindeer team. Students find the places in the barn that take them to Raymond’s stories about his adventures.

Lots of Reindeer Games to play on the Santa Times.

Sparklebox has some great reindeer printables including
 these reindeer with numbers 1-50 on them

and these fun masks! 

Here's a great reindeer brainteaser! Can you put the reindeer in order? 

Where's Rudolph? and Christmas will be ruined if he isn't found! Click on the
picture to find the hidden reindeer. Rudolph hides in a different place in every new game! 

This Reindeer Cafe is a great game for practicing addition facts

and this one is great for practicing multiplication facts!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Interactive Christmas Games 2016

There are so many great online, interactive
 Christmas games for kids! 
Below are a few of my favorites! 

Elf Flinger Game is a fun one where the goal is to
help Santa's elves get the presents high in the factory!

Snoring to Winter is a fun game from ABCya.

Christmas Chain is a fun racing game! 

Holiday Practice is a fun game of multiplication practice. For each multiplication question you answer correctly, your gingerbread house gets a new decoration. There are three levels of multiplication to practice: 0-3, 0-6, or 0-9. At the end of the game, if you've done well, you get to decorate your very own gingerbread house. What a fun way to practice multiplication facts during the holiday season!

Christmas Lights: Math Fact Fun is a a fun fact game that allows students to put up Christmas lights after practicing math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts) for one minute. Students will want to work quickly because the more math problems you solve correctly, the more lights you will be given to decorate your house!

Christmas Lights: This game is the same as the Christmas Lights: Math Fun Facts game but without the math facts. A great and fun game for younger students who need to practice their mouse skills! The lights in both games are animated and look beautiful with the overhead lights turned off. Both of these games would be wonderful to use as a whole class on your Smart Board or individually with students at their own computers.

Christmas Tree Fun- Grades K-3

The Christmas Tree Puzzle is a fabulous online site for problem solving and critical thinking. The goal is to light up the Christmas tree by connecting all the wires to the light source. It's lots of fun but it is definitely a challenge that requires lots of problem solving.

The Christmas Tree Maze is another fun tree puzzle. To complete this task, you must drag the bar of lights at the bottom of the tree along the maze of white wires until one of the end bulbs lights up the star at the top. Any move is legal, as long as all three bulbs stay in contact with the white wires at all times.

Santa's Sleigh is a fun and challenging game. The object is to put sleighs so that each Santa has one sleigh & each sleigh only belongs to one Santa. It's fun & much harder than it sounds! 

A Blocky Christmas- Grades 4 & 5

Ball Ornaments Puzzle- Grades 4 & 5

Santa's Village has a new game to play every day! 

Factory Balls- Christmas Edition is a fun site where you try to create the patterns and colors of the ball on the tree! It sounds much easier than it is!

Sugar, Sugar is a fun game that challenges you to click and drag to draw lines before 
sugar starts to pour. Get sugar to the cups.

Civiballs Christmas Pack is a another fun game. Click to cut a chain and release a ball. 
Move all colored balls to their matching goals.

Christmas Memory is a game is a basic concentration game with a twist.
If you aren't fast enough, the rows move and you are timed. 
It has levels that range from EASY to VERY HARD.

On the site Santa Claus's Trip, students view a map of the world, are shown the route that Santa will take to deliver toys, and then they have to touch the countries to recreate his route. When the correct country is touched students even magically travel to that country to see the gifts delivered. What a great way to review the world map and have fun all at the same time!

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