Friday, December 12, 2014

Classroom Elf, Old Lady & the Flu!

This month has flown by……
I can't believe it's already the 12th of December.
 I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share highlights of the past couple of weeks.
We had an elf come to our class. 

 He was delivered in a box to our school.  We were called to the office where we were given our package.
After reading the letter from Santa and reading the book, we named our elf by voting on our favorite choice of names.
It was official 'Snowball' was the winning name.
Every day Snowball finds a different spot to land after going back to the North Pole and reporting to Santa.  Our little learners have been recording where Snowball lands every morning in their Elf Journals.
We also made these adorable elves with a writing prompt added.
The cold and flu season has started to hit in our classroom.  It was time to teach the littles about germs.  My sweeties are visual learners, especially because of their ages. To make an impact each student was given a squeeze of lotion to rub into their hands.  Glitter was then sprinkled onto the lotion.
The glitter represented the germs.  
We demonstrated sneezing into hands, shaking hands with each other, and touching things that left glitter (germs) behind.  Then we washed our hands with water only.  Guess what?  The germs (glitter ) was still there.  However, when we washed our hands again using soap and singing the ABC song to represent how long tiny hands needs to scrub, the germs disappeared.  
Everyone was amazed.  It definitely made an impact!
We also read 'There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell'.  I use a puppet to help retell the story.  I also use the retelling activities from my retelling pack.
You can find it HERE on TpT
Hope you had a great week!
Thanks for reading :)


  1. I love how you taught about germs to your little ones. What a great way to experience how diligent they need to be when washing their hands. We watch Henry the Hand video
    but I think we will add your activity in as well.
    I am also wondering where you purchased your old lady puppet. I always enjoy your updates. I teach K4.

  2. I love your Elf Journal! Such a great way to increase literacy! Did you create the journal or find it somewhere else? I would love to use this with my pre-k kiddos! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!