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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Ideas

Megan's room was fully engaged as we learned all about the First Thanksgiving, The Pilgrims, and Native Americans. Here are some of the things we did today.
Mayflower Compact
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We learned that there were 102 Pilgrims on the Mayflower. We made connections to having rules at school to having rules on the Mayflower.  The Pilgrims called it The Mayflower Compact. We wrote our Classroom Compact. First we used interactive writing to make a class list of rules.
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Then, the children worked to create their own list of rules. Some used pictures, some used labels, and some used sentences. While they are all in different places when it comes to their foundational skill acquisition, they all were successful in the Social Studies concept of why we have rules and laws.
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All About Native Americans
We also learned about Native Americans today. After reading about Native Americans over the last several days, the kids were ready to demonstrate their learning through writing.
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First, we made this super cute Native Americans using a paper bag and construction paper.
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Then, I gave each child an "All About Native Americans" book. Here they recorded informational text they learned about Native Americans.
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Here is an example of one child's book. She did a super job! Again, some children used pictures, some used labels, and others wrote sentences to convey their learning.
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We displayed our Native Americans with the Pilgrim Circle Maps we made earlier in the week.
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