Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pilgrim Day in Photos

Wednesday was "Pilgrim Day" in our room!  We had such a wonderful time learning about life in the past! We did tons of fun activities and art projects to help us learn.  Below are some photos from our day!  We will spend Monday-Tuesday of this week finishing up and reviewing our learning!

We began our study with a K-W-L and pilgrim craft the day before Pilgrim Day.  The kids did not seem to know much about the first Thanksgiving {except for one of my brilliant girls, who knew the feast lasted for 3 days...}.  I liked their wonders, though!  The craft is from Caitlin Clabby and I am OBSESSED with it!!!

We also watched the Charlie Brown Mayflower video to learn more about what life was like on the Mayflower.  It's included in the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD {at least it is in the one that I have}.  I whipped up a little writing page for the kids to tell if they would/would not ride on the Mayflower.  Their answers were great!


Classic and portrays the information in a way young children can understand it.





On to Pilgrim Day!  So I used to store my daily materials in those drawers, a pocket chart that hangs, and even folders, but over the years, I went to laying things out.  I am someone who has to see everything or I will forget-very visual!  I have an obsession with having the stuff for the day laid out, in the order that I am going to do it, on my back counter.  The kids also love going to 'check the counter' each morning!  I had everything prepped to the smallest detail for Pilgrim Day because any lost time on that day is insane!

Pilgrim games and November Daily Sentence Editing
Butter-making supplies and recipe cards for kids to take home
Hat and bonnet materials ready, chalkboards and chalk 
We began our day by making our hats and bonnets.  I've since included a direction page for the bonnets in my Pilgrim Day pack, so be sure to re-download!  The hat is just free handed from a picture my teammate found.


Happy Pilgrim Day! 
The girls were way more enthused about the hats than the boys! 
The kids had great fun writing on chalkboards and using chalk!  They said they would much rather use their dry erase slates!  The chalk was "so dusty" and "got all over their hands."



We read a lot of books {book list included in my Pilgrim Day pack} and did some sorting activities.



We hunted and gathered for food around the classroom; always a hit.



We played a Pilgrim game of "naughts and crosses" aka tic-tac-toe!  The kids loved this!



We worked on our daily sentence editing practice from my November Sentence Editing Pack {of course, today's had to be about the pilgrims!}.  These are FANTASTIC practice for 1st-2nd graders and meet the CCSS requirements for language!



We ended our day making butter!  It was awesome!  It didn't take too many rounds of shaking and the kids were amazed at how the cream magically turned into a solid!  My assessment was that in order to get a cracker, students had to tell me one fact they learned about pilgrims and life in the past.  The facts they were recalling were fantastic!  Everyone got to take home a little butter recipe card as a souvenir from the day!



We made and read our "Pilgrim Children" mini-book!  It's loaded with facts about our learning!  Great review.



On Monday, we will write about our experience.


Everything you have seen above is included in my Pilgrim Day Pack.  If you'd like to check out these activities, click the cover below to snag one for your classroom! It's great fun!


Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to you! Can you guess my favorite Thanksgiving food? Leave a comment with guess and email to win this pack for f-r-e-e! First person to guess correctly wins! 

Circa 2009
xo
Megan 

19 comments:

Caitlin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love how the pilgrims turned out!! I am going to have to remember to have my children use chalkboards next year! Love that idea!

Ashley Kiebler said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I would have to say stuffing...that's my favorite!! Kieblercookie@hotmail.com

1stgradefireworks said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

YAMS! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

MrsValerieH328 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Pumpkin pie!

MrsValerieH328 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

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Sheria Larkins said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Mac and Cheese!

Breanne Simons said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love green bean casserole. Is that your favorite, too?? :)

Breanne
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Allison said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sweet potato casserole! Yummy!
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ThrillsandFrills inFirst said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love the pilgrim day idea! mashed potatoes, they are everyones favorite =)
We are having a giveaway on our blog too! would love if you check it out

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Melissa Cripe said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm going to say the good ol stuffing/dressing! It's by far my personal fav! :) Thanks for the awesome ideas!!
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Mr. First Grade said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hmmm... cranberries? Looks like your kids had a blast!!

Andrew
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MrsS said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Turkey!
-Andrea
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CarolP said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well- everyone has guessed what I would have guessed- so I'm going way out on a limb here & saying creamed spinach. No wonder I like you so much- we're both Type A- I set things out too so I can see (and also leave myself a note of what we're doing each day). Looks like a great unit! Carol cpolston3@yahoo.com

Veronica Porche said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The rolls!
Veronica
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"My Crafting Room" said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Green Bean Casserole or Mac and Cheese

Cindy Calenti said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Your pal- Cindy
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Lori Raines said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates
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Lori Raines said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I deleted my comment since someone already said it. How about pecan pie.
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Mrs. Wheeler said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congrats to Allison! Sweet potato casserole it is! I'm emailing you now!

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