Great Ideas for your classroom in November and December

Welcome to “The Chalkies” Turkey Trot! We hope you enjoy a jog through our blogs gobbling up freebies, ideas, and recipes for some holiday joy!
Slide1 - Copy This is my absolute favorite time of year! From Halloween right through New Year there is magic in the air. You can feel it ! The magic is tangible in all the music, songs, get-togethers, parties, and the frenzy of shopping. The kids can feel it too! They get very excited and lose their minds a little. We have the super-charged task of teaching them while keeping them from morphing into Santa-crazed kids. #WeCanDoThis
Here is one of my strategies and a freebie for you:
elf You can also use this little happy vs sad tracker to see how the day went and if they have more nice moments than naughty, then they earn an elf.
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After earning 10 elves or having 10 great days they can earn a reward.
Behavior Management Freebie
A table behaving like angels? Give them a container of “eyes”. Eye like what I see. That table lines up first or gets a candy.
Freebie for behavior management around Christmas
Is there and extra special student you would like to shout out?
Use these little notes to shout out great behavior! There are 4 to sheet.
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Slide1I know that this is such a no brainer but sun-shine calls during this busy and hectic time of the year can literally make a parent’s day. I make it a point to contact 1-2 parents a day. I keep the call sooooo short that it takes a total of minutes. In class,  I make a big deal about calling Little Liam’s mom. It is really a double dip too. Liam feels great, kids who are naughty know I am calling moms, and it make other kids hungry for their sunshine call. I keep track on this sheet.

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Friends nothing says Thanksgiving and Christmas like Cranberry fluff. Listen, it might look strange. I don’t think so, but my husband’s family thought it was totally weird when I brought it 13 years ago! They each took a teaspoon full of this delicious dish to be polite. They tasted it, again being polite, but asked for the dish to be passed again and again and again! This dish was empty at the end of the meal. Everyone loved it. Sweet from apples, sugar and marshmallows, tart from the cranberries, fluffy from Cool whip. I mean come on! What’s not to love! Plus, you make it the day before!!!! 
You need:
  • 3 apples cut into chunks (no need to peal them)
  • Bag of Cranberries
  • Sugar (1 cup)
  • Small Marshmallows
  • Cool Whip the big tub
The day before:
Zip- zap some apples and cranberries in a food processor, dump into Ziploc bag add sugar and mush around. Put in fridge. Also transfer the Cool Whip from the freezer to the fridge to defrost it.
The day of: Fold Cool Whip, marshmallows, and fruit goodness in a bowl. Then put into the serving dish. HEAVEN
Enjoy! If you want the recipe click the “download” button below.
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slide 6This winter I am getting my babies ready to ROCK and ROLL. This is what we are going to be doing in for our 2 minute fluency buddy reads, writing, and reading!
Slide2 Some fun supplemental pages to help kids understand how big the changes have been in transportation, communication, cooking, and entertainment.
I am lucky that my admin lets us support Santa. It makes December just a little more fun!
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In December we are going to rock out this fluency-reading, writing, and art.
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Here is a glimpse into January!!! January!!!! It will be here in the blink of an eye! I have this prepped and on my desk when I leave for Christmas break, so that I am not stressed about school over the holiday!
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You are going to want to visit this smart lady! 
Trot on my teacher friend, trot on.


  1. I love your classroom management idea with the naughty or nice elf. So cute! Plus super smart to use math cubes as a visual. I also LOVE your idea about sunshine calls. Such a great way to spread cheer. :)

  2. That elf! And the googly eyes! And the sunshine calls! #allthefeels

  3. Love thag naughty and nice moments idea!

  4. Love thag naughty and nice moments idea!

  5. Shut the front door! Cranberry Fluff?? OMG... I have no words! ;)
    Thank you so much for your fun classroom management trick! It is printed and ready to go:)
    Also, I will be making my first sunshine call when I get back to work on Wednesday! xoxox

  6. I love the idea of Sunshine Calls! What a great idea!

  7. WOW!! So many fantastic things all in one post! Thank you so much!! We are using your "EYE" behavior incentive this year.

  8. Katie-
    What a PERFECT post. I always visit your blog because I love to see your creativity and pretty posts!


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