Christmas Word Jar

Happy Snow Day!!!   We had our first snow day of the year today!!  Guess how much snow it takes for a snow day here in Music City?!  1/2 inch.  True story.  Crazy southerners.  Watching the news this morning you would have thought we had a foot of snow and ice because the roads were a disaster and accidents everywhere.  These were the roads in my neighborhood:

True story people.  This picture=snow day for me!!   A perk of this Hoosier living in the south!
I did enjoy my day and I was productive!  I created a new Common Core Creation and I took a nap and responded to some emails!   hehe
I thought I would show you a very popular word work center in our classroom right now.  
I created a word jar for Halloween and it was such a huge hit, I did another one for Thanksgiving and it was another huge hit. So, why not keep something engaging going?!  So I made a Christmas word jar!
All I needed were some bows ($4 at Wal-Mart).  I re-use the jars each time I make a new word jar.  I bought my jars at Wal-Mart for ($1.97).
I wrote Christmas words on card stock.  I filled the jar with bows and put the words in with the bows.  It’s colorful and quiet!!  Here’s a tip:  to keep the word cards from clumping together, bend them just a bit so they have a slight curve.  BAM!  No more clumping!

The students beg for this center!  And it’s differentiated!  They can write the words they find.  My ‘stache is writing words using the new Scentos scented colored pencils that Scentos sent to us!  True story.  Smelly pencils!!!  Or they can read the word and find the word on their paper and color the word.
Click the picture to get your recording sheet!
Who doesn’t love a cheap (free?) center that the students beg for?!  
So, here’s my snow day creation.  These are a HUGE hit in my math tubs.  I love that they are helping us gather and analyze data (which according to our data is a weak area for us!)!  If they are requested by the students, I’m happy to create them!
How about a give away?!  Leave a comment sharing you favorite gift for your students!  I’ll choose a winner tomorrow!
And don’t forget all of my Christmas Common Core Creations are on sale for 50% off!  
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