Elf on the Shelf Week 2 and Christmas Graphs

I'm a little late on week 2 of the Elf in the Classroom linky. Better late than never right?!?
Monday: The kids could not figure out how Flaky got up there!
Tuesday: They thought Flaky's footprints were on my very dirty cart!
Wednesday: Just hanging upside down!
Thursday: Man, oh man was this a rough day! Flaky agreed and he decided to visit another classroom.
I was out on Friday so he did not reappear until today.
Click here to link up with Seusstatic and Apples & ABCs to get other elf in the classroom ideas.
Last week we talked all about graphs in math! I made this my throwback post a few weeks ago. You can read how I did this last year here. I teamed up with my co-teacher to make these Holiday themed graphs for our hallway. I simply took some poster board, made 2 bar graphs and 2 venn diagrams and laminated them so I can use them year after year. I took each kids picture and printed 4 copies of them. Each day we did one graph.
Since I was out on Friday, we answered questions about our Holiday graphs today.

If you'd like to use these questions to make a display, click here to get them in a google doc. The Christmas graph questions are also included!
I've got Christmas presents to wrap! Talk to ya'll later!


Word Cloud Adjectives

I absolutely love Christmas but this time of the year sure is stressful. Changing your schedule to practice for Christmas programs, assemblies, making parent presents, Christmas decorations, plus trying to fit in your core curriculum each day has this girl exhausted! To top it off, I will be out of town on Friday, and we all know how prepping for a sub can be....
We've been working super hard on adjectives lately and my kids finally have it down. I knew that I wanted to do some sort of Christmasy adjective craft, I just couldn't decide what. I bought Amy's Deck the Halls pack during the big sale. I showed my kids all of the crafts, and they voted on the ones they wanted to make. They picked her Christmas tree craft for our adjective project. My original plan was to brainstorm adjectives, then write a short paragraph describing their tree.
My kids are burnt out on writing for the moment. It is definitely not their favorite thing to do. Then I had a thought! Word clouds!!! I used word clouds all the time last year and they always loved them. I know that Wordle is a popular word cloud site but I can never get it to work. The java settings are always messed up. I noticed a few months ago that ABCya added a word cloud game to their site and I was super excited about it. It is very kid friendly and easy to use. It took my kids about 15 minutes to type them and get them printed.
Here's simple steps on how to make a word cloud.
I tell my kids to click on the blue 2. I didn't check to see if this is under different grade levels.
In the orange letters box, click on Word Clouds for Kids. Its the last one.

Type your adjectives, or any subject in the box. I had them press enter after every word to make it easier for them. Then click the orange arrow.

They can edit the font, change the word positions, and change the color background. To save ink, I had them print the black on white option. Then click print and your done! It prints on half of the print sheet.
Here is how our adjective Christmas trees turned out! I love them! Its something different and the of course the kids thought it was the coolest thing ever!!!
Easy, peasy, lemon, squezy!
Now I have to figure out what's for dinner...UGH!!!


Christmas Questionnaire

I'm linking up with Michelle from Fabulous in First for a get to know you Christmas linky!
Hot Chocolate or Eggnog? 
Hot chocolate for sure! Just thinking about eggnog makes me want to gag!
One of my kids asked me today if I liked eggnog. When I said no, she responded with "you have got to be kidding me. You have got to try my Nana's!"

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them underneath the tree? 
When I was growing up they were just put under the tree. I loved waking up early, running into the living room and seeing everything. When I got older, my mom (and still to this day) write from Santa on her name tags. Then when we really got older, my brothers and I had to figure out which present were ours. One year she put a circle, x and triangle on the name tag. My oldest brother was the circle (1 line = first kid), my other brother got the X (2 lines = 2nd kid), I was the triangle (3 lines = 3rd kid)! My mother was a math teacher! Can you tell?!? I hated that game! LOL
We don't have kids yet so for now, all of our presents get wrapped!
Colored lights or white? 
White! I know it may be boring but I love the classic look! I'm not a huge fan of multi colored lights. I do like solid red or blue. I wanted to put red lights on the house this year. Unfortunately we've had such busy schedules and will be traveling so much over the holidays we didn't have time to put them up this year. Here is my tree!
I think I posted this a few weeks ago on a Five for Friday post but....I scored my 7 1/2 foot pre lit tree for $17 at Garden Ridge last January!!!! If your in need a new tree, wait until mid January. I was so excited about this purchase. I was out wedding shopping with my mom and I had been calling my now husband all day. He answered the phone saying "I don't care, just pick!". He was shocked when I was calling a Christmas tree instead of something wedding related!
When do you decorate? 
Growing up, my mom always decorated like 2 weeks before Christmas. She was a teacher, and now I can see why. There is no time!!! Don't hate ya'll but I put my tree up two weeks before Thanksgiving this year. We have been out of town every weekend since then, and will continue to be out of town every weekend until after the new year. (I hate living so far away from our families). It was seriously the only time I had to do it. Plus, I LOVE it!!!!!

Real or Fake Tree? 
My husband and I were just talking about this yesterday. I've always had a fake tree and so has he. There is a Christmas tree farm here in our town and we considered it this year but then ultimately decided not too.

What Tops Your Tree?
It is a star made out of horseshoes! Our tree has a "western/country" theme. I bought it at Bealls two years ago. Growing up we had a tiny cowboy hat. I'm a Texas girl, what can I say!
Favorite Christmas Memories or Traditions?
When I was younger, my dad would always hide a  small, red and green wreath somewhere inside our tree. On Christmas day, the first person to find the wreath got to open the present. Now, my favorite tradition is going to my grandparents house on Christmas Eve. Its my favorite day of the whole year!
Do you remember your favorite gift as a child? 
I remember getting a Barbie doll house and thinking it was HUGE!! I still have it at my moms house.  My favorite childhood "toy" was Brad Bear (clever name, I know!) He is literally the biggest stuffed bear I have ever seen! I wish I had a picture of him. My mom has a picture of me seeing him for the first time and the look on my face is priceless!   

Do prefer giving or receiving? 
I'm just going to "borrow" Michelle's answer.
Giving! I would buy gifts for everyone I know if I could afford to. I get so much happiness giving to others.

What is your favorite Christmas song? 
Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland and Silent Night

Candy Canes. Yuck or Yum? 
I'm not a big peppermint fan. I'll eat the other flavored ones but other than that, yuck!

Favorite Christmas Movie? 
The Santa Claus, Its a Wonderful Life and Elf
Do you shop online or at stores?
This year I have bought the majority of my presents online just because its so much easier since I've been so busy and don't live near a "big" town to shop in.

Photo Cards, Letter or Store Bought Card? 
This was my first year to send cards. I just bought a pack from Wal-Mart and stuck a wedding picture inside. Next year I want to do photocards though. They are so much cuter!
Now its your turn! Head on over to Fabulous in First to link up!

Elf in the Classroom Week 1

I'm linking up with Michelle from Apples and ABCS and Mel from Seusstastic for Elf in the Classroom!
This is my first year to do elf on the shelf in my classroom and I think I am loving it more than my kids! I was a little unsure of what to do at first but I have enjoyed making memories for my kids. The first thing they do each morning, is search the room to see where "Flaky", our elf is. They love talking about how Flaky got there and what they think he will do next. This is a beginning of a fun tradition in the Saddle Up classroom!
I also wanted to share the true meaning with my kids. I'm using Teaching Bits and Bobs Magic Elf Activity and Writing pack to help teach the true meaning of Christmas. It includes a daily message to share each day.
Day 1:
Last Monday, I read the Elf on the Shelf story to them. They immediately got excited and we began our name picking right away. They decided on Flaky and he appeared when the kids came back from lunch.
Day 2:
Flaky got into our pattern blocks and made a mess.
Day 3:
 Flaky wanted to listen to a story in our listening center but he got tangled up in the headphones.
Day 4:
First let me start with, day 3 was rough. The story says that Flaky will not come back if the kids are not following directions. Instead of having him "not come back", I had him write the class a note reminding them how to be on the nice list. They quickly straightened up their act.  I had some kids comment and say that Flaky had really bad handwriting. (I wrote with my left hand so they wouldn't recognize my handwriting.) Its still hanging in our room an will remain there until the last day before break.
Day 5: Its been super cold in Texas the past few days. Flaky got into our tissue boxes and made  a bed!
We had a copier issue last week and I was unable to make copies of their elf journal. This week, I'm hoping to have the write about Flaky each day to help them remember this experience.
You can get more great elf in the classroom ideas through this linky or check out #elfintheclassroom on instagram!
Have a good week everyone!

12 Days of a Teacher Christmas Blog Hop

Hey Ya'll! It's Day 2 of the 12 Days of a Teacher Christmas Blog Hop!!! Myself, along with some other fabulous bloggers are getting together to bring you 12 days of FREEBIES in addition to several chances to win some fabulous prizes.
Up first is the giveaway! Ya'll, there is some great stuff up for grabs! We will be picking 13 winners for the 13 units. In addition, 1 lucky winner will receive a TpT gift card to purchase whatever they want, 1 winner will get a brand new pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies and 1 winner will receive a $25 Target gift card. See, I told you there was some great stuff up for grabs! Here is what you can win!

For a chance to win all of these great prizes, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!

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Now on to the FREEBIE! This is an exclusive freebie to my blog followers. Thank you so much for all of your support! You can get Snowball Fight: A Place Value Center here! It comes in color and black and white!

This center is part of my Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Glittery Math Centers available on TPT.
Head on over to Teachin' Little Texans blog for day 1 of the blog hop!

Teachin Little Texans
Krista from My Second Grade Super Kids is up next! Click here or on the button below to go to her blog.

The Second Grade Super Kids and Beyond

Happy blog hopping everyone! 


December Currently, A Sale and Lots, Lots More!

I am so, so excited that its December! Christmas time (I've had my tree up for 2 weeks), hot chocolate, Christmas music, Christmas movies, shopping, beautiful lights but most importantly its the time of the birth of our heavenly Father! I just love this time a year!
I have so much to share. First up, I'm linking up with Farley for this months currently! When I went to save the blank photo, it showed that I already had a "Decembercurrently" file. I went back and looked at last years and it was my first currently to do! I guess you could say this is my "1 year currently anniversary"! Cheese ball, I know!
Listening: I feel like I put the Walking Dead every month! I missed last weeks episode so I'm watching it now before the new one comes on at 8. This is the Mr. and I new favorite obsession!
Loving: As I mentioned before...I LOVE Christmas! This will be mine and Jared's first Christmas together as Mr. and Mrs! We actually got engaged on the 14th of Dec last year so that makes it even more special. I loved decorating our first tree together and getting our house ready. We plan to put lights on the house this weekend. If he wasn't out of town for work I would already have them up!
Thinking: I went up to the school today and put up our classroom tree and got my elf ready for tomorrow! This is my first year doing "elf on the shelf" and I'm more than a little excited about it! We will decorate our tree tomorrow, start on our Christmas calendars and begin our Christmas around the World unit! EEEKKKK!!!!
Wanting: Some hot chocolate! It sounds good right?!?
Needing: I am participating in "The 12 Days of a Teachers Christmas" blog hop! My post is day 2 and I need to finish it up! Myself, along with some other fabulous bloggers  are getting together to bring you 12 days of FREEBIES in addition to several chances to win some fabulous prizes. It started today! Head on over to Teachin' Little Texans for Day 1! Check back tomorrow, here on my blog for day 2!
 And I'm sure you've heard the big news! The TeachersPayTeachers Cyber Monday sale starts tomorrow! My store will be 20% off December 2nd and 3rd! You can earn up to 28% off when you use the code CYBER! Don't forget to leave feedback on your previously purchase items to earn credits toward your big purchase!
Here are some of my holiday products you can snag for a great price!
My wish list is continuing to grow as my cart is getting fuller and fuller! Happy shopping everyone!

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