Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Stockings, Poetry, and Happy Thoughts

Last week, we worked on our persuasive letters to Santa. OHMYWORD, they were hilarious!!

While trying to persuade Santa to stop by his house, one of my kids wrote "Santa, those cookies you eat are so so filled with calories...This year, I will leave you a salad, an apple and a good ole yoga mat..." So creative!!

Then, I let the kids create their own stockings and glitter them. Yep. Glitter. They aren't perfect, but the kids designed them all by themselves, and they sure cheer up the hallway!

We have also been working with "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." If you teach 3rd on up in Texas, you've probably seen that poetry can be added to the new STAAR starting in 3rd grade. They need to know all these type of features. "Twas the Night Before Christmas" was a really fun way to incorporate some of our poetry elements! We also practice reading/rereading the poem for fluency practice. The kids loved it.

We also illustrated our favorite stanzas and analyzed those. Very fun!

Okay blog friends, send me some prayers and happy thoughts: Tomorrow I present for my Master's Degree!!! I'm nervous, but I'm very excited to finish! Here I go!


  1. Good luck! I love your super cute ideas. Wish I could use Christmas things!


  2. I just found your blog from your comment on my WONDERful Word post. This is a great entry and what fun to weave all of the indicators into the holidays. Thanks so much for leaving your comment!

  3. GOOD LUCK!!! I love all of your ideas. I'll be snagging some for the next week!


  4. Oh, Casey, I will be sending you warm wishes tomorrow! Best of luck--I know you'll do a wonderful job!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  5. Hi Casey. Thanks for commenting on my blog this week! It's nice to know there's someone out there! PLUS... it allowed me to find your awesome blog, too! I love all of your great literacy ideas, and am your newest follower.
    Kendra at Light a Candle

  6. Just found your cute blog!! Love the idea of a Santa persuasive letter! :) Newest follower!! (And congrats on your Masters!!)

    Kindergarten Is A Hoot