Christmas Activities and Ideas for the Primary Classroom

Christmas is a special time of year.  It is the time of year that we want to make memories with our students.  I have gathered many Christmas ideas and want to share some of my favorite ones with you.

Christmas Arts and Crafts

1.  This year I purchased a membership from Deep Space Sparklers.  My students are loving all the art lessons.  I think it is important for students to draw and use all types of art media.  Here is a cute Folk Art Santa from Deep Space Sparklers.  Click on the picture for a step by step video.

 2.  Here is an easy Funky Reindeer bulletin board that I made with my class.  You can get the FREE pattern from Teach Starter.

Christmas Reindeer by Teach Starter

3.  I can't wait to have my students make these whimsical Christmas trees. I will give each student a triangle and they will decorate the tree with markers and oil pastels.  Mounting them on black paper really makes them "pop".  I like to add a black and white border to make it look more complete.

Christmas Treat

Here is a fun and easy reindeer treat to make for your students from The Keeper of the Cheerios.  One night I will cut the antlers and the next night I hot glue everything onto the brownie.  They are super easy to make.

Christmas Gift Ideas

This year I want my students to make these stained glass pictures for their parents.  Check out the post from Pocket of Preschool on how to make them.

Here is a cute way to wrap the gifts from Creatively Teaching First.

Christmas Math Freebie for Second Grade

 Happy Holidays!

Classroom Management Tricks and Tips

The beginning of the school year is the time to teach rules and procedures.  It is also the time to promote positive behavior in the classroom.  Promoting positive behavior in the classroom is an essential part of teaching.  If you are positive and show your students love and compassion, they will respect you in return.

Scratch and Reveal Positive Notes

I like to give positive notes to my students to let them know that I appreciate their kindness and hard work.  These rewards are editable.  I cover the reward with a scratch-off sticker that I got from Amazon.  You can also use acrylic paint and dish soap to cover up the reward.  These Scratch and Reveal Positive Notes are a FREEBIE in my TpT store.  


One of my favorite classroom management tricks is KerPlunk.  I was lucky to find this large one on clearance.  I choose a behavior that I want to focus on and make a sign.  I wanted my students to work quietly.  Every time they worked quietly for five to ten minutes, I would have a student take a stick out of the KerPlunk.  Once all the balls go crashing down, we reached our goal and they are rewarded.  I like to give them rewards like an extra recess, movie, or dance party.  

Here is my affiliate link to this game on Amazon.


Secret Walker

Kids like to talk in line.  A great way to solve this problem is to choose a secret walker.  At the beginning of the day, choose a secret walker but don't tell anyone.  Tell the students that you are watching everyone in line.  At the end of the day, you announce the secret walker.  If they were following your expectations, they get a reward.  My friend, Shannon at Life Between Summers, has coupons you can purchase.

Kudos Positive Note Freebie

Give your students a Kudo when you catch them being good!  Students feel good about themselves when you give them a positive note and parents love them too.  You can get these positive notes by clicking here.

The Power to Choose

I love the book "What Should Danny Do?".  There are 8 stories in 1 book.  Students get to choose how Danny's day at school will end.  My students beg me to read it over and over again.  You can't go wrong with this book!  Here is my affiliate link for this book:

Back to School Teacher Ideas and Freebies

Are you like me and busy checking Instagram and Pinterest for Back to School ideas?  Even though I have been teaching for many years, I get bored doing the same thing year after year.  Plan your first week of school with some of my favorite ideas and freebies.

Back to School Ideas for the First Week of School

The first week of school is always exciting and very exhausting.  These fun and exciting ideas will help your class run smoothly. 
I like to get all of my copies and put them in small Sterlite bin.  I put this First Week of School label on it from Samantha Henry.  She has also included a school calendar to put in it to keep you organized.   

I love this scratch-off Jackpot Class Reveal from Kristina Zucchino.  The students will have so much fun getting this in the mail and seeing who they have in their class. 

I like to put these positive rock star notes on Astrobright paper.  The students love getting a surprise note on their desk.

Scholastic Book Club is a great way to get bonus points and get free books for your classroom library.  I love these FREE notes from Kelly Bates at Building Brillance.  

Find a Friend is a great icebreaker for the first day of school.  Pictures are on it to help those students that struggling in reading.  You can get this First Day of School Icebreaker by clicking here.

I always do a school tour with Pete the Cat.  My students enjoy singing "Rocking in my School Shoes".  I made these math review sheets that you can use for the first month of school.  
 These editable nameplates are a great reference tool for my students.  You can get these FREE name tags from Teaching in the Tongass.  You will need to sign up to get access to this freebie.
My dear friend, Peggy Means from Primary Flourish, has these cute morning slides in her resource library.  Students know exactly what is expected of them as they start the school day. 

A Dab of Glue has these punch cards for positive behavior.  It is a great motivator for positive behavior.
Jessica Winston from the Teaching Oasis has these adorable weekly parent letters.  The best part is they are editable and free. 

I always give this Reading at Home newsletter to my parents at Open House or at conference time.  You can grab this amazing resource from All Students Can Shine.

Sailing into Second has this new student kit.  You put everything in a Ziploc bag so everything is ready when you get a new student added to your class.

Freebies for Back to School
Hope you have a great school year!

Winter Grammar Word Searches

      I have been busy reviewing grammar with my second graders.  They love doing word searches, so I created these grammar word searches for them to add a little fun in reviewing nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  Click on the winter grammar picture below for your FREE copy of grammar word searches.

Christmas Freebies and Ideas for the Classroom

Here are some of my favorite Christmas freebies to get you through the hectic weeks of December.

My students loved doing this Funky Reindeer project from Teach Starter.  They needed some help with cutting out the centers of the eyeglasses.

Christmas Reindeer

Here is a cute idea for a gift for parents from Crafty Morning.  Head on over to Crafty Morning to get your FREE template to make these adorable laminated snow globe ornaments.

I made Christmas grammar word searches for my students.  They had fun completing them while reviewing nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  You can get your FREE Christmas grammar word searches by clicking here.

Grammar Word Search

Here are some Christmas FREEBIES that you can find by clicking here.

FREE Math for 2nd Grade

Freebie Frenzy for Back to School

Back to school is just around the corner.  I am always excited and anxious to get my classroom set up and implement new ideas that I have seen on Pinterest.  If you are like me, you like to mix things up and try new things.  I get bored doing the same thing year after year.
Freebies for the classroom
The following is a list of items that I like and use in my classroom.  Please remember to leave feedback if you get an item FREE from TPT.  

1.  First Day of School Kool-Aid Tags from Teaching Times 2
     *Perfect for a little treat on the first day of school.

2.  Meet the Teacher Stations from First Grade Parade
     * These signs are simple and cute for Back to School night and they are editable.
3. Sweet Treats Donation Sign and Cupcakes from HappyHill
    *A great way to ask for classroom donations. 

4.  Math Manipulative Labels from Sheil Melton
     * I love that they are real photos of the various math manipulatives.
Free Math Labels

5.  Caddy Labels from Perfectly Preschool
     * I shrink them to 85% and used them for my baskets. They are so bright and cheery.
School labels
6.  Print and Go Dictionary from Smiling and Shining in Second Grade
    *I put this in sheet protectors and the students use it when they need to spell a sight word.
Second Grade Freebie

7.  Back to School Math from Smiling and Shining in Second Grade
    *Here is a resource with basic math that is perfect for the beginning of second grade.
Second Grade Math Freebie

8.  Amazing Work Coming Soon Signs by The Delighted Teacher
    * These signs are perfect for an Amazing Work Wall for incoming students.  The great part is  
    that they are editable so you can personalize them with the names of your students.
9. Beginning of the year freebies by Smiling and Shining in Second Grade
   * Click on the links below for your freebie.
Back to School Freebies

Find a Friend

Morning Work Freebie
Superhero Positive Notes
Skip Counting Freebie

Back to School Freebies and Ideas

Summer will be over before we know it.  I am going through my files and searching Pinterest for ideas for back school ideas.  I am sharing with you some of my favorite Back to School freebies for the beginning of the school year.

Find a Friend is a great icebreaker for the first day of school.  It gets your students out of their seats and learning about their new classmates.  You can get your FREE copy of Find a Friend by clicking on the picture.

Find a friend
Back to School Freebie
A great and easy way to praise your students is with these positive notes.  I like to put them on my students' desks while they are out of the room.  They get excited to see the note and it lets them know their teacher appreciates them and is proud of them!

Back to school ideas
Happy first day of school
Back to school freebie
I use Go Noodle for brain breaks and when it is too hot to go outside for P.E.  I found these FREE Go Noodle Coupons from Erica Bohrer.  They are a great way to reinforce positive behavior and the best part is that it cost you any money!  Click on the picture to get your free copy.
I give my students this review booklet that I made that reviews many first grade skills.  I have them complete a page a day while I take attendance and lunch count.  It is a great way to informally assess my students.  You can purchase this from my TPT store.

Back to School Worksheets

Second Grade Review

I put these mini dictionaries in binders for my students.  You can grab your free mini dictionary by clicking on the picture.

second grade word list