Thursday, December 5, 2013

Olive, the Other Reindeer Fun and a Freebie

It's been a fun week and it's only half way done! With our Elf on the Shelf making his appearance and the Christmas art projects starting to take shape, we are in full holiday mode. 

We're spending this week using reindeer as an inspiration for learning and we started off by reading the book, Olive the Other Reindeer.

Olive is a cute little story about a dog who thinks she's supposed to be a reindeer because she thinks she keeps hearing her name in the lyrics to, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (All of the other reindeer...). The story describes how this dog ends up being a great help to Santa and the reindeer on Christmas Eve. 

After we read the story, we did a fun writing activity in class where the students had to choose an animal that they thought would also be a great addition to Santa's sleigh. 

They planned out their writing
with four reasons their animal would be helpful and then completed their writing on this cute reindeer stationery. 

We talked briefly about great transition words to include in our persuasive writing and then they were ready to get started on their final drafts! 

We had elephants and sharks flying alongside Santa in our writing. They were all very creative and had some great reasons why their animals would be helpful! 

If you'd like to snag a free copy of the writing pages I used, click on the picture below. 

Later this week we're creating some reindeer art from this Pinterest find: 
I can't wait! Love the scarf! 

Enjoy the rest of your week! 

1 comment:

  1. I love that painting! I pinned it too, but I don't think I'm going to get to it this year. :( Can't wait to see how yours turns out!
    A Tall Drink of Water