Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Where is Jack the Elf?

Hi Friends! 
I bought an Elf on the Shelf book last year and read it to my first grade class.  The book came with an Elf which we named "Jack."  My first graders really enjoyed the story and couldn't wait to find Jack when they came to school each morning during the month of December. As some of you know, I looped to 2nd grade with my class this year.  Well, Jack arrived yesterday and my kids were so E-X-C-I-T-E-D to see him again!  I was surprised to hear how many details they remembered about Jack.
Here's what I heard the kids saying to each other:

"You can't touch him or he'll lose his magic!"
"He's going to fly back to the North Pole and tell Santa everything you do!"
"He can see you all the time."
"Jack likes to find new places to sit when he comes back every day, so you
have to look for him."
"He's a nice Elf because he tells Santa the good stuff you do and
 just a little bit of the naughty stuff."
This year I decided to make a little booklet for my kids to draw and write about where they find Jack in our classroom each morning.  I thought this would be a great way to work on position words as well.  Here's a picture of booklet.

Yesterday morning we found Jack above the light switch in our classroom.

 This is the first page in our booklet.  I asked the kids to highlight the position word.
I didn't have the kids draw Jack because I knew it would take too much time. 
Instead, I attached a small picture of Jack on the end of a popsicle stick so they
could place Jack where he belongs after reading the sentence.
 This is where we found Jack this morning. 
They can place Jack in the pocket after reading the sentence.
I taped a post-it note to the back of each booklet to store the popsicle stick.  I also
attached the end of the yarn to the back of the booklet so that Jack wouldn't get lost.
Where will Jack be tomorrow?