"The best gifts are free! Love one another!"
I wanted to start out the new year with a great idea that I do every year for Christmas. It doesn't have to be just for Christmas, though. I've thought about doing this gift for Valentine's Day as well. What says love more than a sentimental message from an unknown person. Such a sweet treat!
I have my students put their names on the top of a piece of paper. I do the same. (I have come to realize that the sweetest gift my students give me are their thoughts!) Then collect. Tell your students that they will be writing a sentence or two about the person whose name they are given. It must be a positive sentence or two telling about the kind of person he/she is or something that they do well. Remind them that this is a secret; no one is to tell each other that they got their paper. When the rules are understood redistribute the papers. Each student should have a classmates name, ne3ver their own. The students have a few minutes to write a sentence or two. Do NOT have them write their name. When they have all completed this task pick up the papers and redistribute. I do this about 5 times. Then I collect the papers. I create a bookmark for them with just the quotes from their peers and I hang them on the Christmas tree. I give each student a special book and their bookmark for their Christmas present. It is a magical moment when they come into the room and see their bookmark with so many wonderful sentences about them. It almost makes me cry...such pure thoughts. I have attached some samples. As for the bookmarks I just make a text box on word, print, add stickers and laminate...done! Hope you like this project as much as I do. Have a wonderful start to the new year everyone.
Love and peace,