So this year a kindness elf showed up in my classroom! I got this fabulous idea and wonderful little tags from Erica at Erica's Ed-Ventures! If you haven't already, you must pop over there and read all about how she incorporates kindness elves in her classroom! (Click Here)
I am absolutely thrilled with the response our kindness elf has gotten from my kiddos! We have cleaned up trash, picked up toys at home, collected clean blankets and towels for an animal shelter,
written letters to the local fire department and are working on cards for a local nursing home.
I am absolutely loving how it's making the kids think of others:) They are so excited each morning to come in and see what the kindness elf has for them to do!!
On another note, I wanted to share a little activity we did today....warning...it wasn't planned or in my lesson plans...it was one of those last minute ideas. I don't know about you, but sometimes those are the best;)
Last week we worked on character traits and motivations, and this week we are working on explaining a setting in depth:) We are also working on working in cooperative groups with our learning (that's a whole other blog post...we have a rules poster they came up with and everything), anywho, I broke the kids up into 5 different groups. I gave each group a Christmas themed book. Each group had to read their book and then make a tree map.
The tree map had to include the main character and 2 character traits for that character along with evidence to support that.
They also had to include the setting including details about that. Finally, they had to tell one character motivation and the evidence for that.....THEN each team presented. They did great with their presentations and I love the traits they came up with as well as the evidence they used to "prove it". Reading a story, synergy with group work, thinking maps, and presentations....I'd say that's a Win-Win!