Do you give your students Christmas gifts?

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  1. heavens54

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    I was at Walmart yesterday and they had all of these little stocking stuffer towys. Some were cute, I was tempted. This is my first year with my own students (20 something students in 5th) I am not sure what I want to do for my students this year, but buying some cheap pencil or eraser for them doesn't seem to be the answer. But what???

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    I teach preschool... in the past, I have generally given a book or two... if you use Scholastic, you can usually get books for $1 or $1.50, which makes them pretty do-able. One year when I hadn't ordered from them in time, I made playdough for my kids... I did several different colors and split it up, so each kid got a ball of 2 different colors... I gave them a small cookie cutter to go with it along with a pencil and a candy cane.

    I'm not sure what I'd do with 5th graders, though :)
     
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    I know its not exciting, but I give my students a Skip a Night pass for Christmas. They love them.
     
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    I use the cheaper books on Scholastic as gifts, candy cane, some years some McD's coupons...(I teach K)
     
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    As a parent, I strongly dislike cutesy little gifts that will end up in the back seat of my car, on the floor of the living room, or in my washing machine within a couple days. I say give them something school related and useful, such as a free night of HW, or maybe bonus points on a quiz, or eat lunch with the teacher.

    Last year I gave my kids a coupon book with various things in it, like lunch in the room with 3 friends, bring a CD to listen to during work time (prescreened by me of course), a free night of HW, 5 bonus points in any subject, you and 3 friends stay in from recess (they have to go outside, so staying in to play games is a big one), and choose your seat for an afternoon (my chair is an option-VERY popular).

    Cheap---no, free---and easy. And they were thrilled. Many teachers give books, but I find that a lot of kids don't appreciate them very much, so I stopped doing that.
     
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    Sometime during the last week before Christmas break, my class will get their gift from me--we'll spend an afternoon drinking hot chocolate (complete with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and candy cane stir sticks), decorating (and eating) gingerbread cookies and reading "The Grinch".
     
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    I teach a total of 8 classes of 40, in addition to a homeroom of 34. Last week I picked up another math class for a colleague who is recovering from surgery.

    Nope, no gifts from Mrs. A.

    I am giving a little something to the 17 5th graders in my Religious Education class.
     
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    I give mine 2 pencils, an eraser, a new box of crayons, and a Scholastic book certificate so they can order out of the next book order.
     
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    In the past, I have purchased board games for my class to use during the indoor recesses we will have. This was very popular,and they took such good care of them.
    I love the coupon book idea, kcjo! Mind if I steal it?
     
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    Love the coupon book, kc!

    I bought crayons when they were on sale--many of my kids are due for a new box. I don't know what else I'll do.
     
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    I buy them each a copy of The Gingerbread Man, which I can always find cheap in a Scholastic Book Order (it's a $1 book this year!). Then, we decorate gingerbread man cookies. They LOVE it. I think any grade would enjoy decorating the cookies. We read a lot of gingerbread man books in December, so it's a fun thing to do the day before break begins.

    When I student taught in 3rd grade, the teacher would buy a class gift. She bought them 2 indoor recess games that they were really excited about. I liked that idea a lot.
     
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    I use my scholastic points and buy them each a book. This year I also got them popapoint pencils (I am SICK of sharpening pencils!) and large erasers. They'll also get a candy cane and a few pieces of candy.
     
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    I usually make a small goodie bag with an ink pen, pack of gum, candy cane, and ornament. I buy the ornaments at Target the day after Christmas for the following year. The past few years I bought some very glittery snowflake ornaments.
     
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    I made crayon rolls for all of my students this year. I filled them with 8 new crayons. That is going to be it for me.
     
  16. heavens54

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    What board games do they like to have in the classroom? I have been wanting to buy some but not sure what that age goes for...
     
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    Steal away at the coupon book! I'd even email you my coupons if you PM me your email address.

    I like the hot chocolate/gingerbread cookies (although I'd do sugar because I'm not a fan of gingerbread). That would also be cheap and easy...hot chocolate was on sale at the store for a dollar a box of 12...
     
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    There is always snowman, reindeer, penguin, etc. poop. It's cute with the little poem and inexpensive!
     
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    I buy plain ornaments and write their name and the year to give them along with a small box of crayons.
     
  20. knitter63

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    Well, I teach 5th grade, and these were the top winners for me:
    Battleship
    Connect Four
    Uno (card game)
    Guess Who
    Apples to Apples
    Trouble
    Checkers
    Outburst Jr.

    I found a cheap! air hockey game I bought for my son for Christmas one year. He outgrew it-and I took it to school. My 5th graders STILL line up to have air hockey competitions!
    I try to stay away from games that are too involved-Monopoly, Life, etc. With only a half hour, they take too long.
    Good luck!
     
  21. ChristyF

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    Jenga is another popular game. I bought a Mancala game and my kids love it. They also love playing with my Knex. I bought a simple Lego set for the room, because I used Legos as an example of something and got nothing but a blank stare. Finally one kid raised their hand and said "What???" That led to a blanket of "What's that? I've never heard of them." Crazy!
     

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