Christmas Around the World and More!

We are finishing up our Holidays Around the World book bag from Second Grade Shenanigans.  LOVE it!! If you want to see the other countries we have visited, click over HERE.

Here are some places we went to this week:
The kids decorated a little piece of coal because it's considered good luck to receive a piece in England. 
 In Italy the kids learned about Befana and made this little broom to remember her by.
I remembered that I had this book by Tomie DePaola.  Perfect!

We also went to Mexico and made a poinsettia. 
I love it when we can tuck our projects into the bag book to save our crafts.
We continued on into China and made some dragons.  So cute!
This cutie was really proud of her dragon!
We also went to Germany and made a little gingerbread craft.  I forgot to take pictures, but I did take some pictures of the gingerbread cookies I made for my kids.  Four hours of work and I didn't think they tasted too great :/ but the kids said they were delicious.  They especially liked the royal icing, go figure. 

The kids also wrote letters to Santa and we displayed them using a craft from Erica Booher.
Find the craft HERE and the writing stationary HERE

I spent HOURS making my student's Christmas presents.  It took forever but it was worth it.  To create them I used my Cricut to cut the vinyl and then used transfer tape to add the names to the bottles.  They kids were stoked!
I will have to add a close up of one of them, but here they are on my students' desks.

We ended the week by watching the Polar Express.  Santa himself brought us bells from the North Pole!! Yep, we have our very own personal Santa here:)

We wrapped up the last day of school by taking home parent gifts.  These ornaments were easy to make and super cute.

Now make sure to link up your week's happenings with Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up for Five for Friday!


  1. We did holidays around the world this week as well :)
    Have a good break!
    Kickin' it in Kindergarten

    1. This was the first time I had ever done a holidays around the world unit and it was awesome. I will be doing it again next year :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Everything looks fun and fabulous!

    1. Thanks Hadar! How's that lens treating you? ;)

  3. I've never seen bag books before. What a creative and fun way for students to display their learning.

    Elementary School Garden

    1. It's my first time using bag books and it was a blast! My kids were obsessed with their little books and couldn't wait to take them home :)

  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed your Christmas Around the World unit- it looked like so much fun!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

    1. It was tons of fun! I highly recommend this unit from Hope King. I bought four other ones and none were as good as this one!

  5. I enjoyed reading about your week! What great ideas! I really liked the gift bags.

  6. What a busy week!
    The book bags are very cute! I love that there is a little artifact to go with each country. I'll have to share with the teachers at my school.
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun 


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