12 Days of Christmas Read Alouds

 Day 5 - Elf Elementary

For some reason I have always really loved Santa's little elves.  I think they are hilarious in Christmas movies - like Hermey in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and of course Will Ferrell in Elf.  I love little elf decorations - especially with the striped tights and bells on the shoes and hats.  When I was younger I helped out at our church's pancake breakfast with Santa and I dressed up as an elf - it was so much fun!  Also as a child we used to have elf stocking holders that I loved.  

So when I found this book: Elf Elementary by Edward Miller, I thought it was soooooo cute!  It's about a school for elves and if they pass then they get to be one of Santa's elves.   Such a cute little story!  Not to mention, all throughout the book are Christmas facts that could be used for so many different lessons.  

I decided to send my students to elf school, too!  After reading this book I gave them a test based on the book.  Within the book the elves go to different classes: Gym, Music, Art, Tree Trimming Class, Library, Cookie Class, and Geography Class.  I made a question for each "class".   If they passed the test they went to the next step and also got a report card.  

After the students pass the test, they get to apply for the job!  

If their application is "approved"  then they can become an elf.....(with striped tights of course :-)
If you like these activities, click HERE to send your students to elf school!!!

Other ideas to go with this book would be the numerous Elf on the Shelf activities out there.  Here are a few that I found and might be using next year:

There are LOADS of other activities to use as well.  It seems other teachers like elves just like me!

I hope you are able to use this book with your students!


  1. Found you via Lisa at Growing Firsties! Happy to be your newest follower. Your blog is so cute, looking forward to your updates!
    Colleen :-)
    Fun and Fearless in First

  2. Hey, Melissa! This is a super cute idea! My 3rd graders would love it! I'm your newest follower!