Happy Holidays! I'm sure you are enjoying your winter break and catching up on some much needed sleep. Last night, I was thinking that one of benefits of having a child in high school was the no early morning Christmas excitement. We could all enjoy sleeping in this year. But, that is not what happened at all!
Do you see the cat peeking her head out of the presents in the top photo? I took this picture at 6 a.m.! Yes, so much for my plans to sleep in. What I didn't figure into the equation was the excitation of our cats. That is Lexi peeking out at me. She woke up sometime before 6:00, tore off a bow from a gift, and brought it down the hall to where our bedrooms are located. She was batting the bow up and down the hall, which then woke up the other cat, Ivan. P.S. Our high school daughter didn't wake up until 11:30 which is more what I had in mind for today.
Oh! Well . . . I thought you might like to enjoy a freebie since I had some extra time on my hands waiting for my family to wake up this morning. Below are printables that you can use after any break or at the beginning of the school year.
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The three printables can be used as morning work, homework, or writing assignment.
- My Favorite Gift: Students are usually excited when they come back from winter break and want to share about the gifts they received for Christmas. This printable does not say Christmas in case you have children who do not celebrate Christmas. Your class can write about a favorite gift they have received for birthday or a surprise gift that is not linked to a holiday.
Students love it when you share about your life. Take a picture of your favorite gift for this assignment. Here is my favorite gift. I spend quite a bit of time working on the computer which resulted in back aches. I love this chair and will love being able to work without having an aching back.
- My Break: This assignment can be used with any break during the year. This would be a great writing assignment to show students' growth. Give it after each break throughout the year and keep them in your students' portfolios. Your students and parents will love seeing how writing skills improved and it is fun to stroll down memory lane.
- Snapshot of My Day: I began doing something similar to this back in the 90's. At the time my school had those cork strips instead of bulletin boards. It was hard to display students' work in a creative way. Overtime, "Snapshot of our Work" evolved and it became an ongoing portfolio and hallway display. I loved how I was able to save time by doing two things at once. "Snapshot of My Day" is one of those assignments that is a classic! This is another assignment that you can do periodically throughout the year as a writing sample for portfolios. Click HERE to read more about this.
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