Saturday, December 11, 2010

Elf on the Shelf Writers Workshop

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I was soooo excited to introduce my students to the "Elf on the Shelf" book and concept!  I have read about several teachers on proteacher that have done it, so of course, I HAD to do it!  My grade level partners and I decided to incorporate it into our writers workshop and talk about the 5 parts of a friendly letter.  The lesson previous to this lesson was introducing the 5 parts (you can find that lesson below as well) and having them practice writing a letter to whomever they chose.  It was SUPER cute to see who they selected.  Some picked family and friends, but I had some think outside of the box!!!  I had them writing to their mailman and to a loving pet that had passed away.

So, on day 2, we presented the Elf on the Shelf lesson.  I have included our Writers Workshop Lesson Plan for you to see!  Click on the picture and you can download it.  I also have the template for you to download to do with your students!  I hope you enjoy :o)

It is great to see our students think about what they have done that is NICE this year and reflect on that INSTEAD of the typical letter to Santa telling him what they want.  They have named our cute little Elf "Redster."  Boy, you should have seen some of the suggestions-they are VERY imaginative!  They are caught up in the magic of this little elf...I think it will help hold us over until the holiday break gets here...I HOPE anyways ;o)


  1. I teach third too and I absolutely adore the visual!!!! I will be using it this week since we are doing letter writing!!! Thanks a bunch!!

    I love your blog! There aren't that many great blogs out there (that I've discovered anyway) for upper elementary, so I am so glad I found yours!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. My son's teacher shared Elf on a Shelf last year with my son and he loved it. This year I am in my own classroom, teaching 2nd grade and I so want to share the fun with them but I was looking to tie it into a lesson. I have not started letter writing and now I have a wonderful way to do both. Thank you, Thank you for sharing.