Backwards Trees & We're on the Naughty List???

2 1/2 more days people...I think I can! I think I can! I am trying to keep us as busy as possible so that the days do not seem to last FOR.E.VER! Even though I am oh so ready for a break, we have been having lots of fun this week in preparation for the holidays. 

Today in math, I introduced angles and how we can use angles to name triangles. I wanted to give the students lots of practice, so we made backwards Christmas trees. We made colorful trees and gave them green decorations. Maybe I should say a reversed Christmas tree?!? Who knows...but they were super fun. The trees were created out of different types of triangles. Then, the students had to identify each triangle and label it with the correct name.  

After math, we moved on to yet another persuasive writing piece. I began the lesson by telling the kids that Santa had messaged me to bring them a very special gift. Then I continued by saying...don't shoot the messenger! 

They were each given a lump of coal (Rice Krispie Treat). Let me just say...our room went into a total uproar. They immediately inferred that they were no longer on the nice list and were completely shocked by the news. {I had no comment! :)}

Immediately, they were ready to write Santa a letter to let him know that he had made a big mistake. This activity really got the creative juices flowing...or maybe it was the slight anger that they felt. Either way, I was so, SO impressed with their writings today. 

We finished this lesson by creating a bag of coal to display with our writings. Then, I told the kids that they could take these home before break to play a little joke on their favorite brother/sister. They were thrilled to say the least! 

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Here's to a happy Wednesday! It is Polar Express Day for me tomorrow. TGIPD...Thank Goodness It's Pajama Day! 


  1. Your talents are endless!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  2. Seriously those trees?!?! Love them!!!!!!!
    Michelle @ Smitten With First

  3. Cute activities!! I love those colorful, backwards trees!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  4. So cute! :) You are a celebrity in my classroom. We use your math games daily and my kids always ask at the beginning of each month "What does Hope's math cards look like this time?" :) Thanks for your inspiration!

    Sugar and Spice

  5. See, now this is a problem. We already finished school so I have to wait a year before doing your cool backwards Christmas trees. Too cute!

    Emmy xx
    Daydreams with Miss D

  6. Love the coal and persuasive writing!! What an adorable idea!
    Fun In First

  7. Hi Hope,
    Those are soo cute! I made one for my nephew once a few years back and thought he was going to cry. LOL Adorable!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After


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