Academic ideas for your Elf on the Shelf adventures
Kids love Elf on the Shelf and let’s face it, it is a fun extra classroom management tool during the festive season.
We have shared loads of ways you can have fun with your Elf on the Shelf in your classroom here. But we wanted to dedicate today’s blog post on ways you can use Elf as a tool to introduce or get kids excited about an academic learning activity.
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DEDICATE SOME WRITING LESSONS
The ideas are endless when writing about or with your class elf. Maybe it is a Santa’s workshop job application, a description of your elf, a story where the hero is the class elf or even a persuasive text such as, “Should Santa send his Elves out to watch children or keep them in the workshop to help him prepare for Christmas.”
We even like the idea of setting up a writing workshop during reading groups and have elf host the centre and activity.
We have some free Christmas Creative Writing prompts here. All you need to do is print and go!
NUMBER OF THE DAY
Number of the day is great for a warmup, maths centre or a lesson entirely on its own.
Set up your Elf so they are holding a number that the students need to use to complete their number of the day activity. You can grab a free template here or a Christmas version of Number of the Day here.
CHRISTMAS KINDNESS CAMPAIGN
What better time is there to remind our students of the power of kindness? Using your Elf on the Shelf is a great way to get started by him/her leaving kind notes for your students. We often use ‘Elf’s kind messages’ to lead into our Class Kindness Kris Kringle.
Grab this free template (pictured above) to help your students to start writing kind notes to each other.
You could also set up your Elf so they can challenge your class to undertaking more kind acts (big and small). It could be through a Kindness Advent calendar (like the photo below) or by Elf setting up some Christmas themed Kindness flyers (find free ones here).
If you are looking for more Kindness at Christmas inspo, we have dedicated an entire blog post to ideas here.
Kids love stem challenges and Christmas is such a fun time of year to keep them in theme. We always look to the experts when it comes to great STEM resources and one of our fav’s is Jewel from Jewel’s School Gems.
This 12 Days of Christmas resource has Christmas STEM challenges, a scavenger hunt, and quiz! Find it here.
Build a Christmas tree challenge
A CODE CRACKER (GREAT FOR REVISION)
A crack the code mystery is a series of codes that need to be worked out using knowledge and skills to solve a problem. It is always a lot of fun because students have a purpose for completing the tasks and therefore solving the mystery. Our students have always said it was so much fun that it doesn’t even feel like learning!
We have a code cracker that needs solving to find out ‘Who is the Christmas Present Thief?’ Included in the set are 5 codes for students to crack. Each code contains a clue which helps the students eliminate the suspects, leaving only one. Grab your free copy of our Christmas Code Cracker here.
ELF COMPREHENSION / BOOK REPORT
Every Elf comes with the ‘Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition’ storybook. Make the most of the book by reading it to your class, using it as a text during reading groups or having it as part of our class library for students to borrow and read.
You could also ask students to complete a book report about the story too (if you teach younger students). We have a free Christmas book report template here.
Photo credit @learn.with.laura
Having Elf as another member of your class community during the festive season is always lots of fun. We love including Elf in the academic parts of the day to encourage and motivate students. Let us know if you try any of these ideas out in your classroom!
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