1-2-3 Come Do Some Turkey-rific Shape Activities With Me
Review 2D shapes in fun and interesting ways, with this Thanksgiving "Shape Up!" turkey packet.The packet includes a turkey craft, where the feathers have the various shapes on them. Students write the name of the shape underneath the picture. Older students can write the attributes of that shape on the back of the feather.
Note the feet of the turkey are pentagons, his beak is a rhombus and the belly of the turkey is a hexagon. I've provided a shape pattern for the head, but if you want to turn this into a keepsake craft, have students trace their shoe for this part.
I've included feathers for the standard 2D shapes shown in the picture, as well as feathers with a trapezoid, rhombus, pentagon and octagon on them as well.
For more practice, there's a turkey dice game. children play in groups of 2-4 and take turns rolling a dice. Whatever number they roll, is the matching numbered shape that they color. Encourage children to say the shape words as they play the game.
There's also a turkey shape slider. Even though this is a shape-themed packet, I've also included "slider" strips for upper and lowercase letters, numbers to 30, counting backwards from 10-1 and 20-1, as well as skip counting sliders for 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's.
Sliders are a quick, easy and fun way to whole group assess. Choose a child to call out a shape, children pull their slider 'til that shape is in the "window" and then hold it up. You can see at a glance who is having difficulty.
Use the 10 turkey shape cards in a pocket chart, for your word wall, or as a flashcard review.
Make extra sets and cut them up for puzzles or Memory Match and "I Have; Who Has?" games.
All of these fun, fall FREEBIES, can be found in the Turkey Shape Craftivities & Games packet. I hope you and your kiddos enjoy them.
Thanks for visiting today. It's time for a break to go crunch through some leaves and take a hike through the park.
Chloe, my poodle pup, has been waiting patiently. Wishing you an invigorating day.
"Each life is like a letter of the alphabet. Alone, it can be meaningless, or it can become part of the whole, to achieve true meaning." -- Unknown
1-2-3 Come Learn About Pilgrim Children With Me!
Happy TBT (Throw Back Thursday!) Here are a few "Oldies" but "Goodies" that I think you'll enjoy.
Having taught about the first Thanksgiving and Pilgrims for years, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable. My husband and I also visited the outstanding Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth Massachusettes, which made me appreciate the hardships these people endured even more. If you've never been to this historical place, I highly recommend it!
I thought it would be fun to delve into the life of a child during 1620. I felt students would find it very interesting to compare themselves with a Pilgrim child's life.
After over 30 hours doing research, visiting countless websites and perusing 20+ books, I learned so many interesting facts, and truly enjoyed this journey of discovery. I hope you will too. Click on the link to view/download the Pilgrim Children Packet.
Start with the KWL to see where your kiddo's are at. I've included one in color to do as a whole group, and another in black line for students to fill in on their own.
Afterwards, introduce your study, by reading several non-fiction as well as fictional books. I've included a bibliography of 25 of my all-time favorite Pilgrim books. Later, ask your students if they think that the Pilgrim children who lived during that time period, were really different than the children of today.
I feel there is no better way to launch children into comparison and contrast, that's easy and understandable, than to use Venn diagrams. I've included 12 different Venn diagrams in the packet, so that children can compare & contrast clothing, chores, homes, and education, as well as games and toys.
Students can work independently, with a partner, or you can do the Venn diagrams as a whole group activity.
Personally, I'd start as a whole group and use the partially filled-in Venn diagrams, so that students can learn more interesting facts about the Pilgrim children.
Each Venn diagram has a blank template, as well as a partially filled in one. The circle for present day children can be filled in via a discussion. Choose a different Venn diagram each day, so interest remains high and the amount of content is not overwhelming.
After you have completed all of the Venn diagrams as a whole group, have children pick a partner, and choose a blank Venn diagram to fill in together. This not only reinforces facts, but becomes a tool for you to assess comprehension as well.
Now that students have quite a bit of knowledge about Pilgrim children compared to the children of today, have a discussion where students process this information and come to some conclusions. There's a writing extension for this.
I've also included 4 graphic organizers for even more writing practice + several interesting writing prompts that I think your students will enjoy.
I made a list of the 31 children who were aboard the Mayflower and included their ages. Your kiddo's will find some of the names rather odd, like Truelove, Humility, and Wrestling.
Have students choose a Pilgrim child and write a letter to them. Based on their new knowledge, they could also write a letter back written from the Pilgrim child's point of view!
Besided writing, I wanted to toss in a bit of math. Finding interesting measurement activities is not always easy, but the Mayflower as well as the Pilgrims' homes, provide great segways. I've given the dimensions and converted square feet for you, so that you can chalk off the hold of the ship, where the Pilgrims were crammed for 65 long days, as well as the measurements of the Pilgrims' 1-room homes.
When your students stand inside the chalk lines they will truly understand size and the cramped conditions these children experienced!
Finally, I know your kiddo's will enjoy learning about the games Pilgrim children played, as well as what toys they had. You can start out by asking students if they think that the games they played were different than what some children of today play.
They may be surprised to find out, that some of the games that the Pilgrims played are still around today, and that many common games, were derived from days of old.
All of these activities can be found in the Pilgrim Children Packet click on the link to view/download it. Now that your students are familiar with the life of a Pilgrim child, scroll down to the next article, and have your kiddos write letters to their classmates, as if they were really a youngster living during this tiime period.
Thanks for visiting. Now that some of my computer work is done for the day, it's time to make a big pot of vegetable beef barley soup. The frost is indeed on the pumpkins, so it's the perfect day for a nice hot bowl of mmm mmm good!
"Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." -Ophra Winfrey
Students can independently place the laminated shape tiles onto the matching Pilgrim card, or they can pick a partner and take turns spinning. Whatever shape they land on, they place the matching shape tile on the card.
1-2-3 Come Do Some Indian Corn "Craftivities" With Me!
Yesterday I posted cornucopia-themed activities. (Scroll down to see that blog article.) To add some more variety to your November lessons, I have some cute Indian corn items that I think you and your kiddo's will enjoy. Corn was a life saving food that both the Indians and Pilgrims ate in a variety of ways.
All of these activities appear in the Indian Corn Craftivities packet. Click on the link to view/download it.
The photo truly does not do this craftivity justice. The results really look like Indian corn; my kiddos were amazed with the awesome results. I thought the raffia bows added that finishing touch. I tied them ahead of time for my Y5's to staple at the top of their corn.
Another favorite of mine is the fingerprint corn. The one in the photo I did with my 1-year-old grandson, Kaiden. I couldn't believe he sat so quietly while I pressed his index finger into the different colored stamp pads!
I made the corn husks out of a lunch bag and then crumpled them up. You could also trace & cut a child's hand print to glue at the base. The British word for corn is maize so I added a play on words sentiment. ("I hope you have an 'a-maize-ing' Thanksgiving.")
Since he was sitting so quietly, I also wanted to do the ever-popular turkey hand print with him. While I was putzing with his hands, I thought it would be fun to turn them into a family turkey and include a tracing of his mom's and dad's hand too. The heart says: My family is turkey-riffic.
I used Kaiden's little hand for the wing and bent it up, to add some 3D pop. The beak is also 3 dimensional. You could do this new twist with your students too. Simply send the construction paper home with a note and directions. I've included a letter in the packet: Family Turkey Prints.
Getting back to our Indian corn theme, have students color in the corn kernels. It's a great fine motor skill. However, to make this less tedious, I made it a game.
Students choose a partner and take turns rolling a dice. Whatever number they roll they color in that many kernels of corn. Remind them to use a variety of colors. (I bring in some samples of real Indian corn to show them the variety.)
Older students can roll 2 dice and add them together. I've included a math worksheet where they can show the equations on the back.
On the front, students guess how many kernels are on the cob. They make tally marks each time they color, and then count by 5's to find out the answer. (There are 110.)
I've also included several other worksheets to reinforce more standards, such as this Indian corn graphing activity.
There's a patterning activity, and a graphing paper craft where students also color the Indian corn.
When I ate lunch with my friend Alma, she made tamales wrapped in cornhusks. She said she bought the cornhusks from the grocery store.
I thought adding some to one of my students' craftivities would add that finishing touch, so I bought a pack and we stapled them to the base of our cob for a realistic touch.
As long as you're doing a few corn-themed things, why not buy a bag of popcorn. I LOVE popcorn, and it was something even the Pilgrims had, although I think they used it to make some sort of mushy cereal.
I'm munching popcorn right now (for breakfast) because I needed to take this photo and couldn't resist. I think your kiddo's will have fun with these 1-to-1 correspondence Indian corn cards.
Print, laminate and trim the full-color cards, or run off a set of black and white. After students wash their hands, pass out some popped and un-popped corn. Children can place the popped corn above the cards for lower numbers, and put the kernels on the corn for all of the numbers.
When they have completed their work they can eat their cup of popcorn. (Collect and recylcle the un-popped kernels to use again next year.)
If you want your kiddo's to take a black and white set home, put a dollop of Elmer's glue on a small paper plate. Give children a Q-tip to make a glue dot on their corn cob and place however many kernels on it that match the number. Set aside to dry. I've also included a page of interesting trivia about popcorn.
Finally, since my brain never shuts off, I'm forever asking "What educational thing can I make or do with this?" While grocery shopping last week, I saw that many stores had Halloween candy 50% to 75% off and wondered how I could incorporate candy corn with Thanksgiving.
I always made some little treat for my kiddo's just before they left on break and thought maybe other teachers would like to do that too.
Run off the candy corn note and pass it out 15-minutes before dismissal. To expedite the activity, count 5 pieces of candy corn out for each child the day before and put them in Dixie cups.
I made a template with the star on it for really little ones to place their candy on, as well as one without the pattern to challenge students to make the star. It's interesting to note that when the bottoms touch a bit they will make the 5-sided pentagon shape. Woo hoo another teachable moment!
Thanks for visiting today. I'm off to go find my Thanksgiving decorations. Am anxious to take down Halloween and put up some cute little turkeys. Wishing you a happy day and blessed November.
"We should be thankful for the wonderful things we have, and the awful things that we don't" -Unknown
1 2 3 Come Do Some Cornucopia Craftivities With Me
Instead of just doing a turkey or Pilgrim theme in November, add some variety with cornucopias! Plenty of Cornucopias is a 37-page packet filled with a nice selection of ideas.
Introduce your lessons by asking if anyone knows what a cornucopia is. I spent some time searching the web for background and enjoyed learning some new trivia, which I put in a 1-page Cornucopia Tidbits page. To reinforce the new vocabulary word, I've included a trace and write worksheet.
My Y5's especially enjoyed the lunch bag cornucopias because we sparkled them up with a bit of glitter glue. I pre-folded the bags over and demonstrated how to twist the bottom to turn it into a cornucopia.
This is wonderful fine motor practice. As you can see by the photograph, these make a lovely bulletin board.
There are two options to choose from. One is simply a coloring page of the fruit spilling out. Students color, cut and glue to the inside of their bag.
To ensure that they used lots of colors, I told my kiddo's that whatever colors they used, we would add those glitter colors.
It was amazing how this resulted in really great coloring! I set the glitter-station up as an adult-run center.
For the other option, run off the fruit patterns on construction paper. Rough cut. Students trim and glue to the inside of their cornucopia bag. I assemble one as a "how to" sample.
The Rip & Tear Mosaic cornucopia is also great fine motor practice. Encourage students to rip the 1/2 inch paper strips into color piles and then rub their glue stick over a certain area and place their "tiles" down.
I show how to press the torn paper around the edges of a food, and then fill in the rest of the area.
Remind students that they can overlap pieces and that there should be very little white showing through.
These also make a beautiful bulletin board. The mosaics really pop on a black background.
The "Plenty of Shapes" cornucopia, reviews 2D shapes. Another activity you can do with this shape craft, is to brainstorm with students about what real foods come in those shapes. i.e and egg is an oval shape.
How many can they think of? I've included a list of my own that you can share with your kiddos, after they've completed theirs.
I've also included a matching "Shape Up!" spinner game.
Children choose a partner and take turns spinning. Whatever shape they land on, they color that shape on their recording sheet.
Encourage students to say the names of the colors and shapes as they play the game.
Students also write down their favorite shape and something in real life that's that shape. i.e. circle-pizza.
3 cornucopia number puzzles, review counting forwards and backwards, as well as skip counting by 10's. They make a nice independent center or something for "early finishers" to work on.
There are several writing prompts + a November Word Search.
Finally, I think your students will enjoy the November word search. A word search is not only fun, but reinforces new seasonal vocabulary as well as spelling.
The Roll & Color Cornucopia game is also a fun way to reinforce numbers and colors.
Click on the link to view/download the Cornucopia Craftivies packet.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you can stop by tomorrow for some wonderful Indian corn-themed activities.
My daughter's expecting a baby girl any day now, so I have much to do today and much to be thankful for. My feet have definitely hit the floor running! Wishing you a relaxing afternoon.
"He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; for the full, the true Thanksgiving, comes from the heart." -J.A. Shedd
1-2-3 Come Do Some Thanksgiving Turkey Activities With Me
Come November, it can become a bit boring for kiddo's to review letters, numbers, and various other basic standards. Yet it's imparative to keep kids practicing these skills, so they retain them, as well as for slower learners to finally be able to "get it" and catch up.
With that in mind, I designed some "Stuff Me!" turkey worksheets that make reinforcing upper & lowercase letters, counting, adjective use, and sight word recognition more fun.
There are 6 "Stuff Me" skill sheets, that ask students to stuff their turkey with something. I've also included a "you-fill-in-the- blank" one, to program with whatever.
Some other ideas you could do would be: verbs, nouns, sight words, student names, names that begin with T, colors, rhyming words, words that contain the U vowel, spelling words, ways to show a given number etc.
To add to the fun, set a timer for 1 to 2 minutes. Challenge students to write in as many as they can, before the timer rings. For addition practice, have students count up their total and write it down on their recording sheet.
When you have completed as many Stuff Me worksheets as you want, have students add things up to arrive at a grand total.
Be sure and do these activities along with your students. You might also want to revisit a worksheet to see if any of your kiddos can beat your totals. Use the word worksheets, for something different, for your Daily 5 activities. Click on the link to view/download the "Stuff Me" activity packet.
Another "turkey-rific" writing activity, I designed several years ago, and just revamped today. My Thanksgiving Dinner, continues to be a favorite among visitors so I wanted to mention it today.
There are several options for the cover of the booklet. In the first photo I used a large paper plate, glued just the cover to the center then stapled the other pages together and glued them on a second paper plate.
Punch a hole in the side and connect the front and back cover plates with a piece of yarn. The Dollar Store sells plastic "silverware" that is silver and looks so realistic! I used glue dots to add that finishing touch.
If you want things to be a bit more colorful, use decorative fall paper plates. The Dollar Store also sells these. In the bottom photo I used a small 8 inch plate, put the entire booklet on that and then glued it to a construction paper "placemat" gluing the "silverware" on either side.
Completed projects make a cool bulletin board. Use a "real" plastic or fabric tablecloth for your background and scatter on the plates.
Students read the simple sentence, trace and then write the food word and add end punctuation.
You may want students to include an adjective when they are writing their sentences. i.e. I am going to eat warm homemade bread.
Students have the option to put in the word NOT if they won't be eating that food, or create their own picture page of what they will be eating. I've included a blank page template for this.
I've also included a different cover that says: My Favorite Dinner and a blank page template, for students you may have in class that don't celebrate this holiday. They can make a booklet with their favorite foods, or a special meal that their family makes for one of their celebrations.
When everyone is done, read the booklet aloud, to review concepts of print, stopping to share pages that are different. The packet also includes 10 traceable word cards. These are the words that were used in the booklet.
You can use them for a Daily 5 word work activity to help reinforce word recognition. Click on the link to view/download the My Thanksgiving Dinner "craftivity".
After you have read a few books about the first Thanksgiving, a nice follow up to the above activity, would be to have students complete a Venn diagram comparing their Thanksgiving celebration with the Pilgrim's.
There's also a Venn diagram comparing Thanksgiving then and now. Click on the link to view/download the Thanksgiving Venn Diagram.
My personal favorite book about Thanksgiving is an awesome rhyming story, by Diane Z. Shore. It's entitled: This Is The Feast.
For more books, click on the link to view/print a list of 70 of my favorite Turkey & Thanksgiving Books.
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