Let me preface this post by saying introducing an elf to our class added a lot of excitement and a bit of a headache because December had SO much going on. Overall, I'd definitely do it again. Our elf was a wonderful classroom management tool and if you set your expectations ahead of time, it should run smoothly. Here are a few essentials you need to get your unit off to a wonderful start!
A few weeks ago, we read Elf on the Shelf. Then, students went back to their seats and wrote in their journal, explaining why an elf should visit our classroom. Then what do you know, the phone rang and we were told we had a special delivery in the office. How crazy is that?