Has anyone else used this in your class? I am excited about using it to get kids writing.
I got the book and the elf last night at Borders. We read the book and named him Milo. We talked about behavior and how the elf notices both good and bad. I wanted to focus on good behavior in my classroom, so we thought we would help Milo by writing letters to him. Each student drew a name of another student that he was to watch throughout the day and notice that person is doing. We would not tattle or focus on bad things, because we don't want Milo to tell Santa bad thing, only good things. At the end of the day, we took a few minutes to write a letter to Milo telling what we saw. This week the letter needs to be one sentence long:
I saw ______ do something nice today. ____(sentence here)___
I told the students that Milo would not take the letters to Santa unless they had good handwriting, a capital and a period.
I printed one out for each student. Next week I will have them write 2 sentences instead of 1.
We will draw names each morning, watch and write about the good things daily until right before we go on vacation. I will take all the letters written about each student and staple them into a book for each student to take home.
The students completely bought into it. I heard one student whispering to another one, "You might not want to do that, Milo might see it and tell Santa." I also heard several students tell the friend they watched, "Hey, I saw you ___ and I'm going to write it in my letter to Milo."
After the kids went home, I picked a student that had a clean desk, glittered the top of his desk and wrote a short note to that student from Milo praising their clean desk.
I'm hoping I can think of things the elf can do each night until Christmas vacation.
Very cute idea! I used Elf on a shelf last year. This year because I looped with several kids I'm changing it up this year and found this little mouse and am going to have him do the same idea since some of my "looping" kids last year didn't buy into the elf.. "he's a doll". But I like the whole idea of writing a letter and having the focus on good behavior!! I think we will do this as well! Thanks so much for sharing!
has visited my room for three years. My kids love him. It really helps their behavior a alot. We have written letters to Santa for Mr. Elf to take. It is so sweet when I see the kids whispering to Mr. Elf what they want for Christmas. It has been a very good investment.
I loved your writing ideas. Please keep sharing.
Elf on a Shelf. I have seen the one you are talking about at the library. My library didn't have Elf on a Shelf. I went to Borders with a $20 gift card I got years ago and recently rediscovered . I signed up for their mailing list and got 40% off! I also purchased another book for $5. My grand total was $0.75!!! What a deal!!
I cut a toothpick in half and used classroom tempra paint to make it look like a pencil. Milo the Elf is now holding the pencil and a piece of paper that is about 6 inches long and an inch wide, curled to look like a scroll. He's watching the kids and writing things he sees.
Monday the kids will find him in the library reading a book. Of course he'll be reading Elf on the Shelf. I copied a picture of the book and used it to make an elf sized book for him to hold.
is going to bring our classroom Christmas tree from the North Pole this weekend. When the kids come in Monday morning he'll be waiting in the tree. I think we'll write about how Milo got the tree to our classroom. Tuesday he'll bring ornaments.
Hmm...I can't afford $32 right now but I have a wooden elf. Do you think I could tell the students the story and use my own elf? I've never read the book though. Is the gist that Santa sent elves to help him with the naughty/nice list?
I started this today....We read the book, and named our elf Nicky. The kids are convinced he blinks, and they see him move. It is so cute!
They asked a lot of great questions about elves today, and are excited to see where in the classroom he will show up next.
Plus, they behaved pretty well today. :-)
First, I MUST get this book tomorrow. I love all of your ideas. Thanks for sharing. Now for the story.
One of my students just happened to notice the sprinkler system sensor which is in the center of the ceiling. I told him that it was a Santa cam. As he looked up, the sensor blinked with a red light (which it always does). When the child asked what that was for, I told him that Santa takes pictures so he can remember who was doing the right things in first grade. Wow, did I have great behavior and effort (except for quick peeks at the Santa cam). On day 2, one of them noticed a sensor in the hallway. Our perfect line kept on going except for one angel who looked up and gave Santa a quick wave. I'll have to come up with a story for after Christmas as to why it still blinks.
I have done this for a few years now. The elf brings things that are much needed in out classroom pencils, new crayons, etc. a student he believes will revieve the gifts on their desk to open for the class... he also rights to the class often and it always ryhmss. He has made believers out of non believers. I would love to hear what others are doing in their classroom...
I just started this on Friday so they could think about him over the weekend. One of my kids said "I saw him yesterday". I didn't even on him on Thursday!!! So funny! They loved it and I started to tear up when they were going over to tell him what they wanted. We are going to write letters for him to take on Monday and he is going to have left pencils on their desks so they can write the letters. I loved the excitement this brought to my room and to see their little eyes light up!