Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Fun

This blog post was updated November 2019 

This week, we read one of my FAVORITE Thanksgiving books, Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano.

I LOVED how this anchor retell chart came out!!! We talked about each part one at a time and the kids went back to their desks to draw the pictures. Then, they got to come glue one of their pictures on the anchor chart there wasn't enough room to glue all of them, but they shared all of them.  The pictures came out so cute! This book is perfect for talking about problem and solution.

There is a sheet to record the characters, settings, problem, and solution. Or, you can just use the problem and solution sheet. This is great for individual practice after you create the anchor chart.

We sequenced the story whole group in at he pocket chart. Then, the kids went back to their seats and sequenced the story themselves.

I sent home turkeys for the kids to hide. How CUTE is this football player and the Elsa??? My daughter wants to make an Elsa this weekend. You can find all of this in my Hide That Turkey unit. 

There are also activities for Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano. The activities are the same. They can discuss the problem and solution, and sequence the story. There is even a Turkey that can be decorated to hide. I know sometimes, November flies by and you need to save the home project for December. It happens.

 As we have been learning about Thanksgiving, we have been talking about what life was like in the Past and what life is like now. We did a picture sort and then we have done two little books. We used the top book during our Guided Reading Group. We made the flip books in a small group with a parent. You can find these activities in my Past and Present Mini Unit.


Are you looking to something crafty in class? How about this adorable Math craft? You work on Math Standards (make the principal happy), while addressing fine motor skills, listening skills, following directions, and, yes, math skills. Plus, you will have an adorable bulletin board. Parents will love this keepsake! You can get this craft here.

Finally, I had to share these adorable turkey cookies that our PTO President MADE for our luncheon yesterday. Aren't they adorable????

Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 5 of Fun

Are you ready for Day 5 of Freebies and Giveaways???? I know, I know, a few days late. I had a nice long weekend with my family. I took a little break from my computer. But, I didn't forget about you all. 

 Today, I am sharing one of my favorite activities from my CVC MEGA BUNDLE. My kids LOVE these write and check CVC cards. You get them free HERE but ONLY until Friday. If you love them as much as I do, please leave me a blog comment letting me know.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sight Word FREEBIE

Oh, my. This teacher is T-I-R-E-D. I just worked an 11 hour. I heart Parent Teacher Conference week. I will be off on Friday, so I can't really complain. 

I created this little sight word game for one of my morning work baskets. Students take a sight word card and roll the dice until they have rainbow written the word 6 times. My poor printer needs some ink so I printed mine in black and white and colored it myself. If you print the color version, this activity has very little prep. 

You can get it FREE HERE. Have you entered my Giveaway? Friday three readers will get $10 to spend at my store.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day and Day 2 of Celebrations

Today, we learned about Veteran's Day. I am a proud American and I love to share that with my students. At our school, we have several teachers and staff members who are Veterans. We did our Scholastic News and learned what a Veteran is.We watched a short video that talked about Veteran's Day (and Memorial Day).

We colored these adorable Army Veterans and Flag pictures. You can download the pictures FREE HERE.

We put it together to make a quilt. I just might leave this hanging up all year.

In honor of Veteran's Day, I linked up with Sassy, Savvy, Simple for a Veteran's Day Sale. Everything in my store is 20% off TODAY ONLY.

For Day 2 of Celebrations, I have a FLASH FREEBIE. It will be an all night long flash. You can get my BRAND NEW Fall Write the Room FREE TONIGHT ONLY. There are 24 picture cards, including Thanksgiving, and several recording sheets. please let me know how much you LOVE them by leaving me some feedback.

Have you entered my GIVEAWAY for $10 to spend at my store? I will pick THREE lucky winners on Friday.
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving Activities

This post was updated October 2019

Are you looking for some fabulous Thanksgiving Ideas? I have some fun centers and crafts (and maybe a freebie for you).

Today, we started to to use activities from my Turkey, Turkey, Turkey Math and Literacy Centers. I recently updated this with NEW centers, fonts, and clip art. If you purchased it last year, you can download the updated version FREE.

Matching upper and lower case letters is a great skill for kids. Helping the turkey find his pumpkin is a fun way for kids to practice this skills.

 Do you do word sorts with your kids? This Thanksgiving center is adorable. You class will love it. You high kids can write the words for an added challenge. 

My class LOVES Roll, Say, Keep. We play it at least once a week. The kids roll the dice, read the word, and keep it if they are right. I included letter cards as well for my pumpkins who only know a few sight words. Literacy games are all about feeling successful, right? 

I added the same sight words to my sensory bin. This sensory bin has bird seed, leaves, and hay. I also added plastic letters for students to build the words. You could also put the letter pumpkins above in it instead of the sight word cards. Or, you could do both.

This is one of the first FREE resources that I created. Last year, it go a makeover with new clip art and fonts. 
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You can grab it here. Please leave me some feedback letting me know what you think.

I made turkeys for sums of 5-10. Each sum has a different colored frame to help with differentiation. That way you tell one group to work on the yellow frames (sums of 5) and another group tcan work on the brown frames (sums of 10).

How cute are these turkey ten frames? The pumpkins are from the Target Dollar spot. For advanced students, have them take a number and then tell you how many more to make 10.

This another one of my first creations -Turkey Craft and Games Decomposing 10.  This one got a makeover two years ago. The craft is a MILLION times cuter.

There is a turkey game where kids can decompose 5 and decompose 10. Each turkey has a number sentence and students add the correct number of feather. Then, they can record their answer on the recording sheet.

There is also an adorable version of shake and spill 5 and 10 with a Thanksgiving theme. It is a great way to keep your class engaged during this crazy time of year. You can get my Turkey Craft and Games HERE.

Ready for your FREEBIE????This center is forpracticing of 5 and sums of 10. It includes recording sheets. You can get it FREE HERE. 

If you are looking for more THANKSGIVING ideas, check out my Pinterest board Gobble, Gobble

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

Halloween is over. It's a little to early to talk about turkeys. So in my room, we are all about PUMPKINS!

I brought in a pumpkin.  I read two of my favorite books. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara and Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson. We described the inside and the outside of the pumpkin.We estimated how many seeds there would be. the range was 3-50,000. Then, we laid out ten frames and counted the seeds. Our poor little pumpkin only had 116 seeds!

Then, we made this adorable pumpkin life cycle craft. You can get the sequencing cards FREE HERE from A-Z Teaching Stuff. We added real seeds from our pumpkin and string for the slime.

We read The Legend Spookley the Square Pumpkin and made this little craft. You can get the bow, eyes, and pumpkin top FREE HERE. Just add a square of orange paper 9x9. Of course, we reviewed shapes as we read it. Did you know that there is a Spookly Thanksgiving Story, A Family to be Thankful For?

This CVC activity comes from my Fall Word Work pack. . We are currently working on that during Guided Reading. Next week, I will put it at our word work center. There is a recording sheet so I can see how they are doing.

We have been using this rhyming activity from my Fall Word Work pack during circle time. Next week, it was also be at my word work center for independent practice.

We have been playing 4 in a Row for awhile so most of my students can already play this independently. I am using this game during my RTI time. Don't you love the plastic pumpkins from Target?? 

We have been working on 1 more and 1 less. I LOVE this hands on activity. It more meaningful then a worksheet. Plus, spinners make everything more fun. I bought my spinners from Amazon HERE but you can also use a pencil and paper clip. This game is from my top selling Fall Math Centers. 

You all know how much I LOVE to use dominoes. They are fabulous for one to one counting, developing number sense, and introducing addition and subtraction. There is a recording sheet for writing number equations.

I LOVE to create FUN activities for subitizing. Each pumpkin has a different dot pattern. Students sort them out and place them on the correct pumpkin.

I shared this on Instagram. My kids LOVE shker addition. Have students place 5 or 10 counters in a cup and toss it out. Place all of the yellow on one pumpkin and the red on another. Then, have them slide all of them to the third pumpkin. This activity is great for teaching addition and number bonds.

This last activity is from my Fall Interactive Math Books. This book is for working on sums of 4.

Okay. I know Turkey time is just around the corner. I just updated my Turkey Math and Literacy Centers.