1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Thanksgiving Activities With Me
One of the loose ends I just completed was the fall time cards, so if you are looking for analog as well as digital time activities and games, click on the links for It's Turkey Time and Time For Pumpkins.
I've had several visitors inquire if I'm going to start designing some activities for older elementary students.
It's certainly on my bucket list, as I've taught many grades: PK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, (prepped an entire summer for 8th before I was bumped back down, 3 days before school started! ) assisted with MEAPS for 5th, and taught 9th, 10th, 12th + college. Whatever grade I was teaching at the time, became my favorite.
I think lots of the writing prompt activities on the site can be given to older students. Writing is one of my "hot buttons" and I'm passionate about motivating students to WANT to write. I truly believe that if you grab their interest, students will excitedly get down to business. It's one of the reasons I just designed the Dear Pilgrim Letter Writing packet.
As I was doing research on the Pilgrims I came across the wonderful Scholastic Thanksgiving site. They teamed up with Plimoth Plantation (this IS spelled correctly) to make a wonderful virtual field trip your kiddo's can go on.
Among the many cool things they have on the site, are fictional letters written by the Pilgrim child "Lizzie" to her Aunt Constance, as well as several from the Wampanoag.
I got to thinking that this would make an awesome writing prompt for older el and could even be attempted with lower el with some prior discussion, and examples.
After reading several stories about the Pilgrims, so that your students have some knowledge of their life and times, have them write a letter to a Pilgrim child on the Mayflower.
My Pilgrim Children packet is chock full of information, as well as a list of the names of the 31 real kids on the Mayflower.
Write your students' names on the quill tags. Children choose one and write a letter to their "Pilgrim" classmate. That child receives the letter and then writes one back, as if they were a real Pilgrim child. This is a great way to practice writing from a specific perspective, as well as explaining point of view.
I spent some time searching the Internet for Pilgrim letter examples that you can share with your students, and compiled a list of links. I also recommend that you write one yourself, so that your students know what's expected of them.
Encourage your class to use specific details about the Pilgrims that they have learned. Click on the link to view/download the Dear Pilgrim Letter Writing Prompt Packet.
Finally, another interesting writing prompt for students would be to have them write about the Thanksgiving vacation of their dreams. They have unlimited funds to plan an unbelievable (sky's the limit) Thanksgiving.
Brrrring! The bell rings and they are on "holiday" as the English would say. Where are they going, with whom, what are they wearing, playing, doing, eating, learning. . . ? It's all in the details and you want plenty of them.
Writing can be a one-pager where students share their page and you collect and collate the pages into a class book, or have students do lots more writing, by filling in the pages to a fictional fun travel journal.
I've also included diary pages for yet another writing option. Click on the link to view/download the "A Feast Of Fictional Fun" Thanksgiving break packet.
Thanks for visiting. It's a typical dreary November day, drizzly and damp here in Michigan. The perfect kind of weather to put another log on the fire and curl up with a good book. Wishing you a relaxing, warm-fuzzy kind of day.
"Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." -Henry Van Dyke
1-2-3 Come Do Some Thanksgiving Shape Activities With Me
One of the most common symbols of Thanksgiving is the Pilgrim hat. When I was doing research about the Pilgrims for several of the packets, I was surprised to learn that they did not really sport the large brass buckles on their hats and shoes, despite belief to the contrary.
In search of a "buckled up" pilgrim picture, I came across a costume company that sells this "authentic" Pilgrim garb. It is because most of the 17th-century artists also depicted couples this way, that we have come to believe that they all wore buckles.
Buckles didn’t come into fashion until decades after the Pilgrims left England, and were used as a status symbol, since they were more expensive than other fastening solutions.
The Pilgrims did wear the conical hats, which I discovered were called capotains, but they didn’t have buckles, nor did their belts.
Pilgrim boys and men, held up their pants with leather laces tied to their shirts and doublets. These facts have been gleaned from historical records, passenger lists, wills, diaries, and letters that included descriptions of clothing. Buckles later became very popular in England because they were an expensive fashion statement, however, they were not part of Pilgrim dress.
I thought you'd enjoy learning this bit of trivia, which you can share with your students when they do the Shapely Buckle craftivity. Years ago I made a Pilgrim buckle shape booklet, and thought I'd up-date that idea with a new packet.
This one includes a pattern for the Pilgrim's hat, which I cut out of black construction paper. A mini-buckle booklet is stapled together and then glued to the center of the hat.
Children flip the pages to reveal the different shaped buckles. Adding a bit of gold glitter glue to the cover, really adds that finishing touch.
A graphing extension is also included, showing which shaped buckle your students thought would be the best. The large shape cards that feature traceable shape-words, can be uses as pocket or flashcards to review and assess. Make an extra set; laminate, trim and cut into puzzles.
Students can also make an Itty Bitty booklet, as a cover is included. Children trace and color the shape buckles, as well as trace and write the shape words.
I've also included smaller buckle shape cards along with shape word cards to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games. Children can match shape to shape or shape to word.
Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Buckles packet. I've shared quite a few Thanksgiving/Pilgrim links in other blog articles and found another one today that you might also enjoy. This link contains 6 short video clips that include interesting Thanksgiving/Pilgrim information from the History Channel.
Since the Penguin Shape packet I & II as well as the Shapely Owls continue to be three of the most downloaded items on my site, I thought it would be fun to make one featuring turkeys.
Teachers can make the large shape-head turkeys for display or review, and then have students choose their favorite shape and make a shape body - turkey bird of their own.
A turkey version of the 4-Corners game can also be played with the large turkey heads. Directions are included in the packet.
There are some turkey shape word cards you can use for pocket or flashcards.
Make extra sets to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games, or cut them apart and make puzzles. Click on the link to view/download the The Shape Of My Turkeys packet.
Finally, Susan over in Texas, asked if I could make the Pilgrim Shape Spinner game featuring turkeys. No problem. If you'd like a set too, click on the link to grab it. Turkey Spinner Shape game.
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1-2-3 Come Make a Terrific Thanksgiving Turkey Craft With Me!
If you're looking for some fresh new turkey "craftivities" that your kiddo's will enjoy, you've come to the right place! Here are some of my all-time favorites. I hope you find a few that you'll want to make with your own little turkeys.
Turkey Art Projects + Activities is a whopping 81-pages long and features over a dozen quick and easy turkey crafts + a few worksheets, songs and a game.
It was one of the first units that I put together 3 years ago, before I had all of the fonts, and software programs that I use now for a more professional look, so all of the patterns are hand drawn in this packet.
They are still easy to follow, with complete directions. If you have construction paper, glue, scissors and crayons, then you're all set! Click on the link to view/download the Turkey Craftivities packet.
Happy Fall Y'all is a football-shaped turkey. Under his wing is a poem I wrote so you can have a teachable moment about rhyming words:
November’s for turkeys with piping-hot stuffing
and blowing winds that are huffing and puffing.
Orange, red, and yellow, fall-colored leaves
sweatshirts with warm, snuggly-long sleeves.
Tiny-tot turkeys that go gobble-gobble
jointed and cute, that wibble and wobble.
They say: “Stay inside and watch some football.”
and oh by the way “Happy Fall Y’all!”
Hyrum is an adorable stuffed turkey. His body is a lunch bag stuffed with scrap paper. He's wonderful for fine motor practice, and makes an adorable centerpiece for your kiddo's to present to their mommies.
Patty is a paper chain turkey that can be used to practice pattering and counting. For writing practice, have students write their spelling words, fall vocabulary, or things that they are thankful for on each strip.
Turk, the ribbon-legged turkey, is a sweet dangler. To incorporate writing with this art project, give students a prompt and have them complete it, and then glue it to the back of Turk.
Trudy is the thankful turkey. A note home is included, so parents can help children write what they are thankful for on the feathers and then glue them to the turkey. Accordion-folded legs, are great fine motor practice too.
If you'd like to practice counting, you may want to make Clark the Count On Me turkey booklet. There's a blank circle template if you want to work on teen or higher numbers, or even skip-counted numbers.
Clara is made out of a TP tube and reviews counting as well as colors. Wiggle eyes, a 3D mouth and pipe cleaner feet, all add to her goofy appearance. My Y5's LOVED her; she makes a cute table decoration too.
All of the above turkey craftivities can be found in the Turkey Art and Activities packet along with a few more + some songs, worksheets and a game. Click on the link to view/download it.
In another packet, is one of my personal favorites. I named her Gabby The Crumb Gobbler. I was inspired by my beloved grama Lydia when I designed it. She always said: "Many hands make light work." so I made a little poem, with that thought in mind: "Many hands make light work, this I know is true, so let my little turkey, gobble up crumbs for you."
Children color and cut Gabby's head and glue her to the top half of a paper plate and then color the ridged portion of the rim to look like mini feathers.
Her body acts like a dustpan. The quarter section "wing" is the sweeper. This really does work and "sweeps" crumbs off the table, onto Gabby, and then into the garbage!
Students glue the poem to the center and practice "sweeping." I paperclip the sections together and send them home. My Y5's always thought their "turkey broom" was especially fun. Click on the link to view/download Gabby.
Finally, there's Thomas the twirled turkey. His body sports another poem:
"This is my turkey round and fat. His feathers show a color pattern imagine that! Red-Orange-and Yellow make him a bright happy fellow. I twirled strips of color around a pencil you see, then glued them as feathers, so my picture's 3D. He's a special present to you from me. Made with lots of TLC."
Twirling strips of colored paper around a pencil, was not only great fine motor practice, but enjoyable for my Y5's too.
I've also included Sally for scissor snipping practice in this packet. Click on the Turkey Twirling link to view/download them.
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"For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be." -John Connolly
1-2-3 Come Do Some Awesome Autumn Craftivities With Me!
To help motivate my Y5's to get down to business, stay focused and complete their morning table top lessons, I'd often offer a simple & quick craftivity that they could transition to, when they were done, or if I spied them quietly working. The textured acorn is perfect for this.
Use the acorns as a border on your bulletin board that displays student work. Your caption can be: “We’re simply nuts about...” and then fill in whatever you’re studying. Click on the link to view/download the scent-sational acorn craftivities.
Another sweet-smelling craftivity I call the pumpkin pie pomander. Simply cut a paper plate into 1/8ths.
For a quick and interesting review of fractions, do this in front of your kiddo's to demonstrate how fractions are formed, by first cutting the plate in 1/2 then in 1/4ths and finally into 1/8ths. I've included a set of fraction pies for even more reinforcement.
Punch a hole in the corner and tie a yarn or ribbon loop. Call quiet students up to the painting center. They paint their slice of pie with light brown paint. While the paint is still wet, help them sprinkle on ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. Shake off excess. When it dries students can glue the little poem to the back. I've also done this as a whole group activity.
You can skip painting and simply have children color the edge of their "crust" with a light brown or tan marker or crayon. Instead of using paint, students brush Elmer's glue onto the bottom portion of the pie using a Q tip.
Remind students that they just want to make their pie sticky and not sloppy with glue puddles. Have a mixture of cinnamon-clove powder sprinkled on 8" paper plates (1 per table). Students carefully place the wet side down onto the powder and press. Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Pie Pomander craftivity.
Finally, since the Thankful Tree was such a popular download, I thought I'd make another option called the Thankful Wreath.
I've included a variety of leaf templates + an acorn. Prior to the activity, brainstorm with children about the things they are thankful for. Write them on the board so students have help with spelling.
There are several ways to make the wreath: Children flip over a paper plate and glue the poem in the middle.
They select 8 leaves that you have run off on a variety of fall-colored construction paper. Older students can cut their own leaves, but I'd pre-cut for pre-K's to expedite things. If you want them to have some cutting practice, have them trim the elm leaf.
Children write something they are thankful for on each leaf. Before they glue, have them arrange the leaves in a circle around the poem. When they are satisfied with the appearance, they glue the leaves to the wreath. In the picture I used two oak leaves to make a "bow" and put an acorn in the middle with a child's photo glued to it.
The other way you can make the wreath is to skip the poem and cut the center of the plate out. As I was making samples, I liked a thinner circle so that the white didn't show through, but you still had enough "base" to glue things on, so I cut quite a bit of the ribbing off as well.
After students have written on the leaves, they rub glue all over the wreath and then press their leaves on.
My Y5's absolutely loved anything with glitter, so I thought that some "sparkles" would help add the "wow" factor they so enjoyed.
Completed projects make a lovely bulletin board, or hang them back-to-back from the ceiling in the hallway. Click on the link to view/download the Thankful Wreath patterns.
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"Without Thy sunshine and Thy rain, we could not have the golden grain. Without Thy love we'd not be fed. We thank Thee for our daily bread." -Unknown.
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Turkey Crafts and Activities With Me!
The month of November always seems to fly by. There is so much to get accomplished in such a short amount of time. I basically based the month around scarecrows, turkeys, pilgrims and Thanksgiving; reinforcing standards with those themes.
Such as, 1 to 1 correspondence, which is really important for little ones. So they don't get bored doing these counting activities, switch things up by matching your themes.
I designed some sweet turkey counting cards for 1-to-1 correspondence. Print, laminate and trim and put in your math center or do as a whole group activity.
I only included a few numbered turkeys per card, as students are less apt to bump their work and send things flying. It's also less frustrating for Pre-K kiddo's when they are just learning.
Pinching an item and placing however many objects onto the matching numbered turkey, is also an excellent fine motor skill. As you can see in the photo, I used flat-backed rhinestones. My little girls especially enjoyed using this "bling-bling" manipulative. Pony beads also work well.
The cards only go up to 10, but I've included a blank template, so you can program higher numbers. There's also a black and white pattern. If you want, run off copies for your students to color and glue sequins or whatever to the feathers. Click on the link to view/download the 1-to-1 Correspondence Turkeys.
Continue with counting with the Tummy Tickler Booklet. Encourage students to trace the numbers and color however many feathers on the turkey that match the number on his tummy.
So that little ones hands don't "poop out" with so much coloring, or their work becomes scribbling, because they are tired of coloring; have children only color 1 or 2 of the higher numbered turkeys, and take several days to complete the booklet. Click on the link above to view/download it.
My Y5's especially enjoyed all of the daily hands-on craftivities that I set up as independent centers.
I did the Keepsake Turkeys with my 2nd and 1st graders, as well as with my K's and Y5's for many years.
Older students can trace their own hand and foot (with their shoe on) and cut them out. K's can pick a partner to help. (Older elementary reading buddies are also a nice option.)
To expedite things for me, I sent a note home to parents to have this done. I've included it in the packet if you want to go that route.
I just completed the one in the photograph, with Kaiden, my 1-year-old grandson; he added his scribbles and my daughter LOVED it, as did all of the parents in the past.
I used 2 "shoe prints" for the body of my Y5's to make their turkeys fatter and less "shoe-looking". The photo shows them on our "Wall of Fame". I sprinkled the Keepsake Turkeys in with our Indian corn crayon melts. (More on them in another blog article.)
For the beak, cut 1 & 1/2 inch wide strips of yellow construction paper and then cut these into squares. Students fold them into a triangle and glue one half to their turkey, so that the "beak" opens.
I also pre-cut the "wattles". To make an easy wattle, simply cut a heart shape and glue it upside down. (This is what my Y5's did in the photograph.)
I have 2 poems you can choose to put on the turkey's tummy if you want: ("I'm a little turkey, as cute as can be. I'm very thankful, for my wonderful family.") or (This is a turkey oh so fine. Look at the body; the feet are mine! The feathers are traced from my hands too. I made this turkey because I love you. ) Click on the link to view/download the Keepsake Turkey directions and poems.
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1-2-3 Do Some Fall Games With Me
Since the apple and pumpkin shape games, as well as the apple and pumpkin number games, were such a huge hit, I decided to design some for the rest of the popular fall themes. There are sets for leaves, spiders, bats, owls and turkeys. If I've missed a theme that you do, and would like games for, simply shoot me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see what I can do.
Number words were always part of my word wall. I found that the more contact my students had with these words, the easier it became for them to automatically recognize and read them. Playing word games made learning them interesting and fun. To make the games, print off the cards, laminate them and then trim.
Students clip a clothespin to the number that matches the number word on the themed-card. So that students can self-check, put an X on the back of the card in the location of the correct answer. I kept clothespins in a tub and games in their own separate Baggy.
There's a blank set of cards for each theme, so that you can program higher numbers, or use for whatever. Click on the link to view/download the Fall Themed Number Word Clothespin Games.
To go along with the apple and pumpkin shape games, I also made 5 more fall-themed shape matching games. They too include the above sets: leaves, spiders, bats, owls and turkeys.
Run off the shape template on a variety of colors of construction paper; laminate and trim. Students place the colored shape tile onto the matching shape on the themed card. The shapes on the cards also include the shape word, to help reinforce word recognition as well.
I've included a blank set of cards with these sets too, so that you can program them with more shapes or whatever. Click on the link to view/download the Fall Shape Matching Game packet.
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1-2-3 Come Make A KWL With Me
I first learned about a KWL in college. KWL's are graphic representations that are especially helpful for visual learners. They are a wonderful way for teachers to see what prior knowledge their students have, as well as what they'd like to learn. KWL's are simple, easy and a fun way to accomplish quite a bit in a short amount of time.
K stands for what students Know about a topic, W for What they Want to know, and finally, L representing what students have Learned when the unit is over. I used them quite a bit to introduce a variety of subjects to my Y5's. I'd simply put a KWL chart on the board and we'd have a discussion. As students shared, I wrote things under the appropriate letters. The chart stayed up 'til the end of our unit. As children learned things we'd add them to the L section.
I was cruising Pinterest awhile ago and found a KWL on apples over at The Lemonade Stand. Click on the link to check out Rayann's sweet blog. She made a KWL using a red, yellow and green apple. I thought this bit of art, thrown into the KWL concept, was a terrific idea, so I decided to make some creative KWL's for fall. I've included an apple and leaves KWL for September; along with a KWL for pumpkins, spiders and bats for October, and finally, a turkey and Pilgrim KWL for November.
Besides the large KWL that you can put on your board, I've made matching 1-page personal KWL's, so your students can practice their writing.
When I taught 1st grade, I made writing folders for my students to use as journals. They were simply a pocket folder with brads inside. Anytime I gave a writing extension, students would 3-hole punch their worksheet and put it in their folder.
The folders documented wonderful progress throughout the year and were shown at parent-teacher conferences. These individual KWL's would be terrific for your students' writing journals/folders and something they could do during Daily 5. Click on the link to view/download the KWL's For Fall packet.
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