This blog post shows you how to make this adorable pasta turkey. We made a little book from a paper bag to make a "Thankful Book." Read on to see how...
We found this cute little pasta turkey craft in a publix ad.
Then, we used a paper lunch bag and some raffia to make little books for each child.
We cut apart the tiny "I am thankful for..." text boxes. The kids glued one on each page. Then, they used pictures, letters, and word to show things they were thankful for. Be sure and click on the slide above to get the text boxes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First, we made this super cute Native Americans using a paper bag and construction paper.
Then, I gave each child an "All About Native Americans" book. Here they recorded informational text they learned about Native Americans.
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.
We displayed our Native Americans with the Pilgrim Circle Maps we made earlier in the week.
From October to January we move from one Holiday to the next creating memories, developing schema and growing dendrites all through highly engaging, rigorous activities. Here are a few of the activities we did this week as we are learning about The First Thanksgiving.
Making the Regalia
We learned that Native Americans of long ago, and on special occasions today, we special clothes called Regalia. We talked about these clothes being like party clothes. They wear the clothes to celebrate special events in their culture. We made quivers (for holding arrows). The kids laced their quiver together with a piece of yarn. Then, we used feathers which we dipped in black paint to draw Native American Symbols.
We smashed berries to make dye for our string. I have tried several types of berries, but the frozen ones seem to work best. They have more juice than fresh berries. After smashing the berries with a rock, the put a piece of cotton string in the bowl and dyed it. We placed the string on a paper towel to dry. We are going to make clay beads later in the week to string.
We made the vests using pattern block patterns and paper bags.
Thanksgiving Literacy Centers: _at Family Words
One of our literacy centers this week is to make a list of _at words. To make the spinner, I cut a hole in the Pilgrim's hat to make a "window". I made a wheel with onsets for the _at family. Then, I attached the wheel to the back of the card so that the onset would show in the window. The children move the wheel to create a new _at family word.
Mayflower Compound Words
The children cut apart pictures and matched them together to make compound words. We talked about Mayflower being a compound word.
Math Activities: Five Big, Fat Turkeys
We taught our kids a song about 5 Big, Fat Turkeys. Then, we used paper turkeys to make different combinations of 5.
Pattern Bead Necklaces
The kids colored patterns in this easy to reproduce bead necklace book. At the top of each page, it shows the children which pattern to make.
Social Studies and Graphic Organizers
We worked together to create a circle map where we wrote all of the words we associated with Thanksgiving. As I was modeling by making the large circle map, each child was engaged as they were writing the words on their smaller circle maps.
Kim is a retired kindergarten teacher! She taught kindergarten for 30 years and now works as a national presenter. Now that she is retired, she spends her time volunteering in Megan's room. When she isn't working at Megan's school, she loves to garden and spend time with her family. She and Andy, her husband, have two children, Megan, who is married to Nick, and Tyler, who is married to Ginny. They also have a beagle named KT Ann. Megan followed in her mom's footsteps and is also a kindergarten teacher. She loves building relationships with her kiddos and their families. When she isn't teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Nick. They enjoy all the GA sports teams! She and Nick have a miniature dachshund named Lily Grace.
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