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RACK Sacks and December Freebies

RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!
Holiday Classroom Tip - RACK Sacks
One super easy thing you can use in your classroom during the month of December is RACK (Random Acts of Classroom Kindness) Sacks. {Focusing on kindness right now is key and I love that RACK rhymes with SACK!}  On the first day back from Thanksgiving Break students each decorate a paper bag (nothing fancy), which serves as their RACK sack for the month.  You then hang (think staple) them to the wall where they act like brown paper stockings. 
RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!
During centers, writing or as a fast finisher students write compliments to one another that are delivered to RACK sacks and waited for with anticipation.  Students get to read the compliments and take their RACK sacks home on the last day before Winter Break and they also serve as a great place to keep, not only compliments, but other presents/treats/random desk items that need to be taken home before the holidays.  The kids love reading their compliments and it's an easy centers activity ALL MONTH LONG!  Keeping a cup of sticks or paper slips with all students' names to draw from helps to spread out the compliment giving more evenly if one or two RACK sacks start becoming way more full than the others.
RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!
Word to the wise: I ALWAYS read the compliments before delivering them (or letting a student/parent helper deliver them) to RACK sacks.  Most of them are so sweet and melt your heart (see compliment above), but a small percentage of students think a backhanded compliment counts as a compliment.  As we all know too well - it does not!  You do not want a nasty "compliment" going home and to receive an angry parent e-mail on December 23rd, so just read the compliments!  If you want to use the same compliments I do, you can get them for free with my Simple Student Holiday Gifts.  Easy peasy!
RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!
Gifts for You!
Working on your December plans?  Here are some freebies from me that will hopefully make life a little easier for the next few weeks.  Four printables are included in the December Holiday Fun Freebie Pack, and I just posted a brand new December Math Challenge that's ready for your 2nd-3rd grade mathematicians.
RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!
RACK Sacks - An easy idea to bring kindness into your classroom for the holidays PLUS 3 Holiday Freebies to make your life easier this December!

Happy Holidays!

4 comments

  1. Great idea, and I can see using this for Thanksgiving and Valentine's day as well. I really appreciated you sharing this easy and effective tip!!

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