Five for Friday, and then only five more...

We have T minus 5 days til the end of the 2013 school year, and to celebrate I am linking up with Doodlebugs for Five for Friday.  Our last day is December 20th, and then I am sure the real frenzy will begin.  Crazy how every year I find myself in a frenzy the days before Christmas, and thankfully, I know I'm not alone otherwise I'd really feel inadequate.  At of now, no Christmas cards have been sent, I am still trying to finish up Christmas shopping, and there are many more items on my checklist including keeping up with this blog.  I keep telling myself to shop in May and June, but I never seem to follow that advice.  Oh well, the show goes on.

At this point, I'm sure many of you are trying to pull together fun activities for your students without losing your mind creating them.  Over the weekend, there were lots of great activities shared through Facebook Frenzy and through the blog hop sponsored by Lovin Lit, but in case you missed these opportunities, I thought I'd share a few great holiday freebies and the latest Christmas and winter units I've put together.  I'll start off with five freebie finds.  I hope you like them!

My Sweet Story: Holiday-Flavored Adjective FreebieCartoon Number OneThis "sweet" freebie is just what my students need and will enjoy.  It includes a holiday cloze story for the students to fill in the blanks.  The kids are very into mad-libs lately, so I can see this being lots of fun and yet perfect practice for building vocabulary.  I think including work with a thesaurus might stretch it ever further.  I love the wordbank page in the previews too.

Cartoon Number Twostocking stuffers {free craftivity}Number two in my fabulous finds is this cute craftivity for any elementary grade.  I think with my students, it will be attached to the "What will you get in your stocking?" prompt.  Do you think they'd be honest?

Christmas Activities Reindeer EditionCartoon Number ThreeNext up on my list is this cute collection of reindeer activities.  With this set, I would use Wild Christmas Reindeer (and my Jan Brett unit to go with it).  There is a cute craftivity with this set too, and I think using Wild Christmas Reindeer as a mentor text might work out well to get really cute stories.

Santa's New Suit Writing Activity Freebie
Cartoon Number FourThe fourth set comes from Nicole Shelby, one of my favorite sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers.  It is another set geared toward writing (which is a focus of mine this year).  It includes a mixture of other skills as well. It looks like lots of fun.  

Winter Break Marshmallow Reading ChallengeCartoon Number FiveFinally, number five is one I'm sending home with my kids (along with a new book for break).  I think many teachers give their students books, but whether you do or not, your students might enjoy this challenge.  I think a hot cocoa party might be an easy one to pull off as a reward too.

Well, I hop you enjoyed the five freebies I shared.  If you're in a pinch for next week, here are a few of the holiday book units I've done recently.  They are the feature items in my store, so they're easy to find.

Have a wonderful weekend, and until next time, happy reading!


  1. Wow, great freebies! I'm glad I stopped by!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  2. I think sometimes we make things, and people may not even realize they are there Glad you came by to visit, and I'll drop by your blog too. Have a great weekend...sleet falling here. I can hear the pinging on the roof!

  3. Hi Carla! We must have the same schedule for school - 5 more days to go! In the last week we have all sorts of concerts, choirs, pyjama days, and Santa visits, so I'm sure it will be wild and frenzied! Looking forward to the break! : )
    Whimsy Workshop Teaching

    1. Likewise...thanks for dropping by. As I mentioned, I've really enjoyed using some of your clip art, and I downloaded your tutorial. I am not a great drawer, but I have been curious about learning how to make clip art. May try something for a project one of these days. We'll see. Much easier to buy from you. LOL!


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