Sunday, December 9, 2012

Holiday Card Excitement!

Have you ever visited Jennifer Wagner's site called Projects by Jen?  If you haven't, you need to head on over and check it out!  Jennifer hosts numerous online projects throughout the year, designed for K-6 classrooms.  Check out some of her upcoming projects {here}.  
She's got some really neat ideas!

This year I signed my class up to participate in her Holiday Card Exchange project.  Here's how it works.....After signing up everyone is placed into a group--there ended up being 39 groups!!!  Each group has 29 other participants in it, so my class created 30 holiday cards to send out to other classrooms. (one will go to a local children's hospital)  My kids were so excited to learn that their cards were going to be sent all over the US, and even some to Canada and Australia.   These same classrooms will also be making cards and sending one to us.  In the end, my class should receive 29 holiday cards from other classrooms!  How cool is that???

My kiddos loved making 
our cards.  I had kids begging 
to make more than one.   

I even had kids asking to 
make another card during 
free choice/center time.  

The theme of this years exchange is "snow globes" so our cards had a snow globe on the front that my kids could color.  They wrote 'Merry Christmas' on the front of the card.  On the inside they wrote 'from Ms. Burton's class' and drew Christmas trees, snowmen, or some other holiday picture.  I am definitely thinking I need to add a 'card making' option to my writing center.  Something tells me my kiddos would love that!

Here are some of the cards that my kids made!  They really turned out great!

We are excited to start receiving our holiday cards in the mail!  
Who doesn't love getting mail, right!?!?

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