If you are looking to add some holiday fun to your class this year then this post is for you. I will show you the best ideas to decorate your class door, your entire classroom and yourself, plus holiday themed classoom management ideas and learning activities that you and your students will love.
I love the idea of decorating your class door because then they whole school gets to see your class’s holiday spirit! I have found the most creative teachers out there that have created amazing classroom doors that you will want to copy.
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This 5th grade teacher, Constance created this holiday masterpiece with her students to help bring cheer to a student that way going through a rough time in their life. It looks like they brought a little magic to their classroom. The details are amazing.
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Need and easy ideas that the kids will love? Here you go.
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I love the positive message and she wrote the students names on each light bulb!
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Everyone can talk their own #elfie with your door!
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If you are looking for new classroom management ideas that will get the kids excited just put a holiday twist on them. Check out my favorites below.
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I love this genius idea that Angela a third-grade teacher from North Carolina came up with. She created this poster with the lights not colored and told the kids when they had a sub a light would get colored when they were behaving well. Then when all the lights were colored, they would get a special award. They loved it and were on their best behavior.
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Here is a great idea from Morgan a third grade teacher from Texas. She noticed that behavior was starting to slip before the holiday break, so she created this 10 days of Christmas poster. When the class is focused for the day the student with the best behavior gets to unveil a flap at the end of the day. Under each flap is a note for a little prize for the whole class like a holiday pencil, hot cocoa or a new book.
If your class is lucky enough to be visited by a classroom elf take advantage of this awesome opportunity by incorporating a new learning activity that the kids will be super excited to do. Check out below what some silly elves have done in classrooms all over the United States!
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This class gets an elf every year with a special letter from Santa explaining that the elf was sent to make sure the kiddos are behaving.
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The students then each get a journal. To check out all the details from this creative teacher click on the link above and check out her blog.
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This class got a special delivery from the north pole with an elf with a Santa camera! That way Santa can keep an eye on the classroom behavior at all times.
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This elf had to miss a day after getting in trouble with Santa!
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These elves had to find high places where the kids couldn’t reach them.
If you're looking for more fun classroom elf ideas, then check out this post... 45 Creative Elf on the Shelf Classroom Ideas
Check out the best ideas below to decorate your class for the holidays this year.
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She has a lot of festive décor hanging from the ceiling for an overall bright and fun vibe for her class.
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Here is a great idea to get your kids involved with the holiday décor. Have them wrap their desks in bright festive Christmas wrapping paper for instant holiday classroom cheer!
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The faces on the characters are of her administrators!
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Why not create your own fireplace in the classroom with lights and stockings and all?
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This teacher 4th grade teacher, Rachel added removable wall stickers that she got from Target to instantly add some holiday charm to her classroom.
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I like how she made her bookshelf look like a Christmas toy store!
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You can add a little holiday spirit with a mini Christmas tree with festive décor.
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Here is an easy way to add a little holiday decor to your classroom just add a fireplace display with construction paper.
Check out the ideas below to incorporate reading and holiday cheer into your class this year that your students will love.
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This high school teacher created this book tree to add holiday décor to her classroom and then let her students pick out books to keep.
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This is a fun idea to create an advent calendar with books for the classroom. The kids will have fun opening and reading a new book each day.
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Each student receives a triangle to decorate and then you compile them to make this tree.
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You can click the link above to get the details for these Rudolph and gingerbread art activities for your classroom.
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Here Is a cute idea of mini snow globe ornaments with the snow made out of fingerprints.
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I love this idea because it is super easy and looks really cute.
Another fun way to incorporate the holidays in the classroom is with your own festive holiday outftits. The crazier you get the more the kids will love it. You can opt for a cute holiday sweater with jeans, incorporate festive red buffalo plaid, a cheerful scarf or go all out with an allover holiday outfit. Check out some fashion inspiration below and steal their style.
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Dear Santa Letters are a great writing activity that the students will be excited to work on. Click on the link above for the details.
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This teacher divides her class into groups of three and has them build a paper chain. Then the whole class works together to assemble the chains and create this cool tree that doubles as Christmas décor for the classroom.
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Steal Miss Fairclough’s idea for a persuasive writing activity. Each elf has to persuade Santa for their gig at the North Pole.
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Here is another fun Christmas writing activity. Each student writes about their favorite Christmas memory to create a holiday display for the class.
So, now you have eight new ideas to incorporate the holiday spirit in your classroom. Which idea are you going to try this year? Will you decorate your classroom door, the entire classroom or get a new festive outfit? Maybe you want to try one of the Christmas classroom management ideas, classroom elf ideas or a fun new Christmas classroom activity. If you try one please leave a comment and let me know how it went.
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