A Final Elf Update for Workshop Wednesday!!

I can not believe I only have one more day till Christmas holidays!! Tomorrow is sure to be a super crazy day - with our Christmas concert performance and revealing our Secret Elf Pals!!

I just wanted to take a minute to link up with Jivey for Workshop Wednesday to share our holiday themed writing.

On Saturday I shared all about our persuasive writing activity. In case you missed it, here it is:

Last Monday I introduced a Help Wanted poster from Santa - he needed more elves and we applied!! My students loved reading through all the job descriptions and qualifications, one little girl told me what job she is going to apply for next year (Caretaker Elf) and already has a piece of evidence (she loves carrots)!!

They had to decide which elf job they were most qualified for and wanted, then the writing began. They chose four qualifications and gave evidence of how they met that qualification.

We worked on using their ideas to create persuasive arguments. We went over how to set up a persuasive letter and how to use persuasive words.

On Monday students brought in any additional evidence that they wanted to further persuade me and Santa to give them the job. One student brought in a gift she had wrapped, two students brought in cookies they had baked (genius teacher hands out an assignment that scores her some sweet treats!!). Others had their parents send me pictures of their decorating skills. Some brought in crafts. A few of my boys demonstrated their strength by lifting objects - too cute!!

Everyone was awarded a certificate. I read through their evidence before bestowing their certificate and I called out their new elf name they had given themselves on the first day of writing.

It sounded a little something like this:

She always wears clothes with glitter, she helped put up half of the lights on her house, she is not too short so she can reach high places and she has a great sense of style. Congratulations (name) you have been selected as a Decorator Elf. Your new elf name is Glitter!!

I quickly made some name tags for them to wear, check them out (it was also p.j. and movie day):

The certificates, the name tags and the big production of announcing the winners really made this a fun activity for my students. We used the same persuasive template to write a letter explaining why we belonged on the nice list. We took it a step further and did a counter-argument too. For example:
You might have seen me push my brother off the couch (actual example from student) BUT I promise to try not to do it again (ha, try, not very persuasive).

If you want to check out these resources they are in my TPT store, maybe you are planning ahead to next year already : ).  The name tag labels are not part of the product - but I am working on a way to add them....


  1. I AM doing this next year...for sure! The more I read about how you used this in the classroom, the more jealous I become that we didn't have more time during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks this year. Happy Wednesday sweet friend!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. That looks like SO much fun! Your kids must love all the stuff you do : ) Have a wonderful winter break!

    FYI I’m having a giveaway at my blog for my 32-pg place value book (PDF version)--if there are enough entries everyone will be a winner! Feel free to share about it and enter.

    Lucy Kids Math Teacher

  3. So cute!!! You are so creative. :) thanks for linking up! Enjoy your break!


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