Have Yourself a Very Common Core Christmas!

13 December 2011
School does not end until December 23rd here in Lindenhurst, Long Island.  So, I have been working away at my Common Core Christmas packet.  Please, check it out by clicking {here} or any of the pictures below! 
Here are a few activities included in the packet.
Click {here} for your free sample, which includes this Substitute Santa job application!
BTW -My pal, Cara Carroll, of the fabulous The First Grade Parade, has an adorable Elf Application that you must check out (click {here})!
We created these Substitute Santa projects after reading these books:

Santa's Beard Holiday Card

Santa and Rudolph Make Ten to Add

Christmas Tree Addition - Three Addends

Reindeer Hats

I will post more photos as we complete more activities.  I also plan on posting some Hanukkah freebies.  So please, make sure you follow my blog so you don't miss out!  You can click on the picture below to purchase my unit today.
This 90 page packet is full of math and literacy activities aligned to the Common Core standards.  Also included are parent letters and arts and craft activities.  All tracers are included and sample photographs for the art projects.

Math Activities:
Rudolph and Santa Ways to Make Five
Rudolph and Santa Ways to Make Ten
Rudolph and Santa Make Ten to Add
Elf Domino Fact Families
Christmas Tree Addition - Three Addends
Christmas Estimation

Literacy Activities:
Santa Stuck Writing Prompt
Dear Santa Letter
A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree Writing Prompt
Substitute Sant Job Applications
If I Were a Reindeer Writing Prompt
Who Will Guide Santa's Sleigh Writing Prompt
Polar Express Venn Diagram
How I Celebrate The December Holidays Writing Homework
Art Projects:
Student Santas
Hand and Footprint Reindeer
Santa's Beard Holiday Card
Polar Express Candy Train
Reindeer Hat

Click {here} to download a free sample from this packet :)
 As always, please email me with any suggestions or comments :)


  1. Great activities! What a wonderful way to tie the benchmarks into the holidays!

    Happy Holidays!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  2. ok, as usual, I am amazed at the things you create! Want to come teach/create in fifth grade?! :)

    I just wanted to stop by and pass on a little holiday card as a way of saying thanks for everything this year. You can even pass it along, if you'd like. The link is here: http://www.heypasteit.com/clip/0532
    If not, no worries and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! :)

  3. We go until Dec 23rd also in Rochester....is it a NY State thing to go until the last possible day?! We don't even have a half day! That's the least they could have done for us! :) LOVE all your things though! We aren't allowed to teach anything with Christmas related things though :( due to the religion policy in our school.


  4. I am so glad we are not the only district having to start our holiday break December 23rd!! You have such cute stuff Erica! I also follow you on Pinterest:)


  5. I love your substitute Santa application, adorable! Up here in Poughkeepsie we have school until the 23rd too. Happy Holidays!
    ☺ Tanya
    First Grade is Fantabulous!

  6. We are going until the 23rd too and no snow days yet. Uggh! I love the job app. This will be a perfect activity for next Monday. This would be a simple writing activity/display and it would look very cute in their 1st grade scrapbooks for Decemeber.

  7. I LOVE your Santa applications! JUST PRECIOUS!!!

  8. Love your stuff Erica! I am in Arizona and we get out the 20th and my daughter in high school gets out the 23rd. Here many elementary and high school districts are separate with differing schedules. It is crazy!!

  9. Do you have a January packet? :)

  10. I subscribe to all 13 blogs.

  11. I follow all 13 blogs!!!!!!
    You are all wonderful

  12. I subscribe to all 13 TPT posts.

  13. I faithfully follow all 13 TPT posts!!!
    I know i am addicted!!!!

  14. I follow all 13 blogs and all 13 teachers pay teachers sites - I wish I would have know about these things last year that was my first year of teaching first grade - thank you all so very much

  15. I follow all 13 blogs! I follow all 13 TPT sites too! I so love your stuff! Amazing! Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year~ Can't wait for new stuff : )

  16. I follow all 13 blogs and I follow all 13 TPT sites, too! I love all the ideas! I've taught first grade for many years and I love to change things up! A friend of mine turned me on to these sites and apologized a head of time for my addiction. She was SPOT ON!!! Happy New Year!

  17. I love the Santa and Rudolph Make Ten Addition sheet! Your work is amazing! I wish I had seen this before Christmas.

  18. Do you have a template for the Santa suit the kids are "wearing" as they hold the application? I am not artistic at all and am having trouble making it look good :).

    1. The templates are included in the packet for sale in my TpT store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Have-Yourself-a-Very-Common-Core-Christmas


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