We Give to You the Gift of Reading

Our students have been participating in the Twelve Books of Christmas.  In our classroom, it was our goal to complete twelve books on the subject of Christmas before we dismissed for the holidays. That goal has been achieved, and we are so proud of their accomplishment.
The students have chosen The Mouse’s Christmas to do a green screen project. Each student read a section of the story in front of our new green screen provided by the technology department. (A special thanks to Scott Floyd and Michael Gras) It was a learning experience for each of us and one that we are sure to repeat very soon. For those viewers who are blocked from Youtube, please watch our virtual story on our Virtual Roughneck podcast blog.
Please enjoy The Mouse’s Christmas as presented to you by our fifth graders, Alex, Adrian, and Kristen.

All We Want for Christmas

The sights of Christmas are everywhere right now. Lights brighten the streets at night, and trees can be seen in the windows of most houses. All the children are making their Christmas lists, hoping Santa will bring that one special toy. To help Santa with his job, some of our students created a slide show to let him know exactly what they wanted. We hope you enjoy our presentation.


Celebrating the Holidays

chriThe Bloggers’ Cafe has challenged our class to create a post telling everyone how we celebrate a special occasion.  Since Christmas will soon be upon us, we decided to ask the children how they celebrated this holiday. Their responses were very interesting! Adrian’s family goes to the park and plays games until it is time to go back and open gifts.  Alex is going hunting with his father.  Before he leaves on his hunting trip, he goes with his family to Santa’s Round Up to shop for Christmas presents.  Nicole’s family has a special tradition involving “Elfton.” Elfton is a special elf that sits on the bookcase and watches to make sure the children are being good. He then reports to “you know who” at the North Pole. Kristen and her family also have a special tradition. They put their Christmas tree up on Thanksgiving night.  She is also going on a ski trip!  Our class really enjoyed stepping up to the challenge issued by The Bloggers’ Cafe. Be sure to check their blog out!

Do you have an interesting way in which you celebrate Christmas? Leave a comment and tell us all about your family tradition!

Christmas Crafts

imagesThe holidays have begun, and we are excited about the activities both at school and of course, at home.  Christmas trees are up in the stores, and a few families have already put up their own trees. The only thing left to add are the gifts. With that thought in mind, we have found some Christmas How-to videos and slides at Kaboose showing you how to make some easy gifts for those special people on your list.

We would like to add to this list of crafts with your ideas. Please leave us a comment with instructions and/or links to some of your favorite holiday crafts. Then watch for them to be added here to our post. We will, of course, leave a link to you or your blog, giving you the credit to the idea.

Christmas Card Exchange ’09

This Christmas season our class, C-O Connections, participated in Jen Wagner’s Christmas Card Exchange. The kids absolutely loved it. Not only did they have fun creating all the cards, but we were also able to make it a learning experience. The children learned the correct way to address envelopes. They also became more familiar with our United States. We created a map to track the cards we received. They were excited each time we received mail! We really enjoyed this project. Hopefully, we can do it again next year. Enjoy the pictures!