Here are some of my favorite holiday freebies for language arts for grades K-1.  They include sight words, comprehension, and class building activities!

This first set of activities are focused on sight words and letters and sounds.  The first activity is a Christmas color by sight word by Kourtney Payton.

Another sight word activity is by Mrs. Thompson's Treasures.
This great set by Games 4 Learning is focused on Christmas words.  Games 4 Learning has numerous seasonal freebies!

Teaching Treks has this fun comprehension set for emergent and early readers.

Rachel Lynette has a fun Elf themed holiday game to play with your class!  

Kindergarten Kiosk has created a fun freebie elf language arts activities!

The Moffat Girls have some creative Elf on the Shelf Writing paper.

Teaching in the Tongas has a free Kindness Elf set for you to use.  

In addition, here are two other activities that promote kindness in the classroom!

One Stop Teacher Shop has compliment cards available.  

In my store, we have a kindness bulletin board that you can download  for free.  It is ink-friendly.  I printed the banners on teal blue card stock.  

It is so important to teach students how to have a growth mindset.  I really enjoyed Carol Dweck's book Growth Mindset because it taught me how to give specific feedback.  Telling a student to try again isn't the same as teaching them how to persevere.  My Growth Mindset Pinterest Board has lots of ideas.

Having a growth mindset means:
-Wanting to improve
-Engaging in challenges to improve
-Demonstrating perserverence
-Using feedback to grow

Here are three great picture books to help teach students how to have a growth mindset.

This page by Boy O'Boy Designs can help students change their words to a growth mindset!

Finally, in my TPT store, I have posters for a bulletin board that encourage having a growth mindset.

I love this fun link-up!  This month is focused on Thanksgiving and you will get lots of great ideas for school and home!  

Being a mom and a teacher, I find that I put myself last.  Something I've tried really hard to implement in my life is Gratitude 365.  It is an online journal where you can keep track of daily gratitudes.  I love linking pictures to my posts, so later when I look back, I have a visual memory of my day!

Students can use tickets they earn in our positive behavior program and buy "Reward" work stations. One favorite "Reward" work station that students love to pick are detailed coloring sheets.  Carisa has some great sheets available on her blog!
Thanks to Dawn at Cupcakes and Tiaras I now have a delicious easy to make pumpkin pie recipe to bring to school when we have our staff Thanksgiving feast!

  • 8 oz brick of cream cheese (I use Kraft Philadelphia), softened
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tub of COOL WHIP (8 oz), thawed and divided
  • 1 premade 8 inch graham crumb crust (bought or make your own)
Step 1:  Beat the cream cheese, canned pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
Step 2:  Gently stir in 2-1/2 cups of the thawed COOL WHIP.
Step 3:  Spoon the pumpkin cheesecake mixture into the pie shell.
Step 4:  Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.
Step 5:  Serve topped with the remaining COOL WHIP.
Dawn has lots of great ideas for cooking, crafts, and organizing your home!!

I just started the 2nd nine weeks of school and finally feel like I have my head above water.  Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving freebies for literacy work stations!  

I have an easy to play CVC game in my TPT Store

Practicing CVC words is fun with this great work station activity from Ms. Dossin's Firsties.  

My students love spending their good time tickets for a "reward" work station.  One of their favorite rewards are coloring sheets.  This Thanksgiving themed freebie is perfect from Peg Swift!

The Moffat Girls have you covered for some sight word practice.

Practicing sentence building at the pocket chart workstation is a favorite!  

For students that are working on letters, this fun acorn emoji activity from Kindergarten Smorgasbord will reinforce upper and lower case letters.

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