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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Notes for November. What are you Teaching?


It’s hard to believe it is already November. I have been living in DC for over 3 months now, that’s nearly one third of the total time we will be there! I can’t wait to see the city during the holidays. For the first time ever I will get to see the Christmas Tree in front of the White House! SCREECH…..hold up! It’s November…so rewind a little and lets talk turkey! Here are some of the pictures I snapped last year in Megan’s room during November. We made a Thanksgiving Circle Map and the children made their Pilgrim boys and girls to hold their maps. We also wrote All About Native Americans pieces. The cute little Native Americans are made from a paper bag! Yep…just a regular ol’ lunch bag! Inside we glued their little non fiction books.Slide2

On each of the slides I added a photo of the cover to the packet where you can find the patterns, directions, and reproducibles just in case you are saying, “I know I’ve seen that before!” You can also click on each slide and it will take you to that packet.


My kiddos love this 5 Little Turkeys song to the tune of “3 Little Angels”. Lets stop here and say two words…common….core! Now really in GA, there isn’t a whole lot of difference in our Georgia Performance Standards and the new Common Core Standards in kindergarten. And, since I am really a die hard Math Their Way teacher, I know the importance of teaching number sense. This is a great way to develop that fluency to 5 in a way that is fun, engaging and conceptual! We used two different recording sheets, one that was pictorial and one that was abstract. You pick the one best for your kiddos or differentiate your instruction and give each child the recording sheet that fits their need.


Here is a fun graphing activity on ways to travel for Thanksgiving. Ya’ll there is a data standard in Common Core, but this is also a great tool for teaching comparisons of sets—more, less, equal, most, fewest, etc. We also had a center for this turkey ordinal number activity. There again, ordinals isn’t a separate standard, but when you are teaching “all about the number” include the positional word that is used for that numeral.


In case you aren’t familiar with glyphs, they are a way to compare data—not just an art activity. Here’s one hint to make sure they are analyzing the data and not just answering the questions about themselves---have them swap turkeys with a partner. Now they must look at their partner’s turkey and answer the data questions! This really makes them pay attention to the glyph and the data!


With this little Mayflower Book we were making compound words by matching pictures that could be put together to make a new word. Then they were stretching out the words.


For this activity, the children spin the spinner in the pilgrims hat to make new at family words. Then, they recorded the words on their recording sheet.Slide8

I snagged this picture from Kathleen’s blog at Growing Kinders.  To play the game, you spread out the turkeys. Give one child the pilgrim flyswatter and  another child the Native American flyswatter. When you call out a word, they go on a turkey hunt to find the turkey containing the “word”. When, they find it, they catch the turkey by swatting it with the flyswatter. Okay guys, they just love this game! Hope you have fun in Thanksgiving…it’s not too long until another hold on we can make it!


Gobble Gobble Turkey Unit

Happy Thanksgiving Math and Literacy Activities

Turkey Glyph

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Jen said...

I LOVE this unit!!

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Andrea M. said...

Such great Thanksgiving ideas!

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