Friday, December 11, 2015

Elf Fun with Kinders

The Glyph Girls spent last Friday afternoon in our friend Priscilla Garrison's kindergarten classroom. We are not in the classroom every day this year, so this was a wonderful "Kid-Fix" for both of us! Mrs. Garrison's Kinders greeted us with Glyph Girl Stockings decorating their hallway!!

We think they turned out super cute!! Notice how they did the data collection sheets to go with the glyph (got to meet those math standards, right?)

If you are interested in the Stocking Glyph you can click on the photo below to go to our TpT store. It is an excellent extension after reading The Night Before Christmas.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

Mrs. Garrison was having "Elf Day," so I started 
the afternoon off by doing an interactive read aloud 
of a darling new book, 
Memoirs of an Elf, by Devin Scillian.

It has some great opportunity for discussion and vocabulary development. And yes, it was written by the same author as Memoirs of a Goldfish! We had to let each student take an "Elfie" after reading this book!

Next it was time for our Glyph Survey. Our little elves were very attentive as we read the survey questions.

We had the glyph pieces pre-cut this time, because of time constraints. Normally, we would let our kinders cut all the pieces themselves. We usually cut on one day and then assemble the next day. 

We started with the head, adding hair, ears, collar, and hat. We suggest having black, brown, yellow, and orange 1 inch strips cut on your paper cutter ready for them to use for hair. Then they just trim it if they have bangs or short hair.

We taught the girls how to curl their hair around a pencil! They always turn out so unique!

Finally we had the students draw their eyes and mouth with 
a black crayon.

Then we had them put the heads inside their desk out of the way and started to work on the body, arms, legs, and shoes.

We taught the students the easy way to make the stripes on the legs. We had cut the stripes (1" x 2") so they overlapped the legs on each side when they glued them down. Then we showed the students how to turn their elf over and trim away the excess of the stripes. They did this themselves and they turned out great!

After the kinders glued on the hands and shoes, they pulled the head back out and glued it on top.

Please Note: These elves turn out really large which makes them extra cute! However, if you don't have much space you can always shrink the patterns some on your copier.

Then Angela pulled them to the carpet to share a Functional Text lesson with them while Mrs. Garrison and I hot glued the buttons and raffia bows on the elves.

Angela then discussed the data by using some volunteers to share their elves. We also left graphing sheets for Mrs. Garrison to do with them later.

We had an elf-tastic time, and the Tiger Class 
was super proud of their finished elves.

Don't you think their elves look JUST like them?!?

We so appreciate Mrs. Garrison sharing her sweet kiddos with us! They are smart cookies!

If you would like to check out our Elf Glyph, just click on the photo below.


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