Sunday, November 11, 2012

Let's Talk Turkey

I am linking up today with Gina (don't you just LOVE her name?) from Beach, Sand, and Lesson Plans (I might be a little jealous that she is so close to the Mouse...) to talk some turkey. Don't worry there are no recipes here (you wouldn't want any from me... I am no good in the kitchen). This linky is all about your favorite Thanksgiving activities to do in the classroom. And it couldn't have come at a better time. I just found out that all my fun I had planned for the two days before break has to be cut in half because I have to grade constructed response tests. So we will be doing things a little differently than I planned. So here are some things we will be doing...

First up: This week (was supposed to be next week but with only being in the class one day, it isn't going to work) we will be doing our Turkey Treats writing and crafitivity. I posted about this before, so I will spare you the details and link you to THIS post. My kids just love anything that involves food and they actually are pretty good with their writing. We work on sequencing (how to make the treat), then take the writing through the writing process. If you want to check it out or grab a copy, click the image below.

Another thing we will be doing: Next week on Tuesday, will be a full day of November centers. Why all day Tuesday? Well I created my centers (see THIS post) and realized I was almost out of ink and only had 3 laminating sheets left. So I was never able to prep them. Then I went and bought the things I needed and just haven't had time. So instead of doing centers throughout the month, we will be spending Tuesday rotating through some fun center games. You can check those out by clicking the picture as well.

Also on Tuesday, I will be using some of Amanda's November centers. She has some different activities than I have and can't wait to let my kids try them out. Check out her POST here about her centers. The image will take you to her TpT store. (If you haven't seen her stuff, you are really missing out!)

We have already done my November Author's Purpose PIE activities. My kids had a blast with this one! See post here.
Some other things I have done (but have no files for yet)- Thankful quilt- each child makes a square for what they are thankful for and we display it in the class. Persuasive comic stripes- Turkey's POV on Thanksgiving dinner. 

I'll be honest- I have never done read alouds. Why? Well because I am always so overwhelmed with curriculum that I never plan fun things. This past year with the help of blogging and TpT, I have decided that there IS a time and place for the fun stuff. So I don't have any book recommendations and am going to be looking to others for their ideas for next year! Gina recommended a few good ones (Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving really sounds fun!) that I am going to look at.

So what do you do for Thanksgiving fun in your class? Stop by and link up!



  1. Thanks for linking up, Gina! Love your post too! Glad to see that you are going to incorporate more read alouds! I have an extensive picture book collection and I couldn't live without them!!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  2. Hey Gina. . . I've been checking you out on the TT on Facebook. I'm so glad to be a part of that caring and supportive community. Your blog is cute and of course I linked up and talked about you on my blog. Stop by sometime!


    Second In Line

  3. Wow, you have some really nice products! I feel like I am still in the dark ages because I make everything in Word! I found you through the Linky Party--and I am your newest follower. I would love to have you come by and visit!


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