Sunday, November 14, 2021

Thanksgiving Ideas

Hello and happy almost Thanksgiving.  Today's post is focused on Thanksgiving and will hopefully give you some easy ideas to implement in your classroom this week or next week.

One of my favorite things to do around Thanksgiving time is "Pilgrim Day."  Students learn about what life was like long ago.    We begin by reading a lot of books (click HERE to check out my book list on Amazon: commissionable link) and do the sort and cut/paste shown below.

We make butter, practice writing on "slates" aka chalkboards, we "hunt and gather," play Pilgrim games, and read riddles.  

We learn about the jobs Pilgrim boys and Pilgrim girls had.  We color and read the mini book shown below.

We love making Caitlin Clabby's pilgrim craft.  So cute! 

On the day before break, we watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (commissionable link to Amazon) and have a traditional Snoopy feast.  

Of course there is always a festive coloring page and possibly a coloring contest the week of Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving Story Bracelet is fun.  It's from Fluttering Through First Grade.  The best part?  It's a freebie!

The kids love writing thankful notes to their friends and family members.  I like to read "The Thankful Book" by Todd Parr prior to writing the notes.

We play "I Have Who Has: Thanksgiving" during Morning Meeting.

There is always a turkey craft!  The first one below is from Crafty B. Creations.  The paper plate turkey was something new I did this year.  It took a bit of time but they turned out really cute.

One year I brought in chocolate cupcakes for the kids to ice and decorate.  

Depending on where we are in our Math curriculum, we do this Related Facts sort & recording page.

We love writing sentences with these "Cut, Glue, Write" pages.  There are several pages to choose from and kids love picking out their own pictures to write their sentences about.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


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