Saturday, November 19, 2016

Giving Thanks in Firstieland

It's just about time to celebrate one of my favorite holidays....Thanksgiving. I love the turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and of course the pie! My mom makes the best apple pie and a few years ago we had "pie school" in my kitchen. I got together with my brother, niece and my oldest son to learn how to make pie with my mom. So now the tradition of baking Thanksgiving pie has been handed down to me. So in a few short days it will be that time.....but until then, I'm still in the classroom with the firsties! 

 We spent last week learning about this wonderful holiday. We made the cutest book about Thanksgiving:

 Each day I read a book to them and we learned all about the holiday of Thanksgiving. It was a five day mini unit.

 On Monday we read the book "The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving" by Ann McGovern. We started our T Chart comparing Thanksgiving Long Ago / Today and we watched a little video on Scholastic. (Insert Shout out to Scholastic here!!!) Seriously, the Scholastic News Magazine is the best. Run to your principals office right now and beg them to get you a subscription to this little gem. This month they had two magazines about the Thanksgiving holiday - one about the Pilgrims and the other about the Wampanoag Native Americans. Plus several videos and games online. Great stuff!

We made the first page of our book with a cute pilgrim boy: 

 On Tuesday, we watched a video about the Mayflower on the Scholastic website called The First Thanksgiving.  Have you visited this site??? It's a treasure trove of information on Thanksgiving and perfect for the firsties!! It has virtual tours of Plymouth Plantation, the Mayflower replica and a Wampanoag Village.   It's a great little site....just right for the Firsties and they learned so much about the Pilgrims voyage on the Mayflower. You can visit the site here. We made the second page of our book using a popsicle stick for the mast of our ship: 

 On Wednesday, we read "Sarah Morton's Way" and we went on the Scholastic website and learned all about the Pilgrims housing and way of life. We made the third page of our book using popsicle sticks for the house and yellow construction paper for the thatched roof! 

 Thursday was all about the Wampanoag Native Americans. We read a cute book called "The Pilgrims are Marching" and watched a video about the Wampanoag tribe. I found some symbols online and the students used them to decorate their teepees. How do you like the fourth page of our book? 

 Finally, we finished up with the book "Friendship's First Thanksgiving"....we drew our feast with the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

I assessed my fab firsties with a couple of worksheets that I got from a great packet that I bought on TPT by Sarah Paul called "Thankful for Literacy".  You can pick it up here


I think their books turned out adorable and will make a nice little gift for someone at home 😉.  We have a couple of days next week before we begin our Thanksgiving break.  What does everyone else have planned for the holiday in your classroom? Please feel free to share your ideas!  I hope you all have a great - well deserved - break!  Enjoy your holiday with family and friends and many blessings to your and yours. 🦃 Be sure to stop back after your break to see what's up.....'cause there's always something fun happening in.....

Firstieland 🍭

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