Promote classroom community during the holidays and encourage students to focus on the good things happening in their classroom and the kind gestures given by their classmates with the classroom elf journal.
Each day students take a page and write and draw about the fun place their classroom elf is at for that day, and share a kind thing they hope he/she tells Santa. Encourage them to keep their eyes open throughout the day for good deeds happening in the classroom. They can write about kind deeds they saw happening, as well as actions they did for others.
You can also have them fill out kindness reports for your classroom elf to take straight to Santa each night. These reports should be about good deeds they saw happening by others, not things they did. This type of thinking will lift the spirits of all students and encourage them to work together and help one another as a community of learners.
This activity is great for morning work, writing centers, or your writing block. I have included two different options for you to choose from when writing. The first option could be used as an end of the day reflection where students can write about what they hope the elf will tell Santa that night. The second option could be used the next morning, with the student writing about the good deed he/she believes the elf told Santa the night before. Both options also have sets for both boy and girl elves. I hope you and your students enjoy all of the fun having a classroom elf brings, and come together in friendship during the holiday season.
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