Friday, October 15, 2010

Deanna Jump Thanksgiving Unit Give-Away!

Deanna has graciously agreed to do another give away for me. This time she is giving away her new Thanksgiving unit. To enter the drawing, post a comment and tell everyone your favorite November or Thanksgiving lesson idea. Don't forget to leave your email address. The give away will end Friday, October 29th at midnight.The unit contains a book that goes to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell with a fun ending to the story! It also has a turkey pie graph math activity with full color pictures, directions, and patterns. In addition, there is an original turkey poem and craft activity, writing activities, rhyming activities and More! You can purchase the unit from Teachers Pay Teachers $5.00.

28 comments:

Mrs. Pearce said...
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Mrs. Pearce said...

One of my favorite activities at Thanksgiving time is to have an "official" Native American naming ceremony. Each year my students sit in anticipation as they wait to hear their unique names like "Princess Waterlily" or "Chief Running Deer" They also get to brainstorm and vote on a special name for me, too! Then we make Native American vests out of paper bags; necklaces out of laced pasta, leaves and wooden beads; and feathered headbands that bestow the Native American names on them. They proudly wear their costumes to our special Thanksgiving lunch and all day long I refer to them by their Native American names.

caroline said...

Because I have taught Native children for a long time and try to be respectful of their many different cultures, I find it better to do a family unit at this time of year. We talk about family traditions and foods, make "Stone Soup" and do a service project for one of the service organizations that provide dinners on Thanksgiving. It's fun and they learn to give back!!

Erin said...

We do a Thanksgiving show. It is a tradition at our school. We sing songs and say poems. The kids love it. They look so cute in their turkey hats too! elutes@bousd.us

Tracy said...

I love doing my nutrition unit during November. We learn about food groups and talk about all of the traditional Thanksgiving food when the holiday comes. We also have a feast with all of the K classes! The kids can choose to dress as a native american or a pilgrim!

Erin Ropelato said...

I love having the kids tell me how to cook a turkey and we type their responses into a class cookbook--it is hilarious!!!
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Amanda said...

We watch "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and then eat a Charlie Brown themed dinner complete with toast, popcorn and jelly beans!
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Gladys said...

My firsties usually produce and act their own Thanksgiving Show...we sing songs, have a First Thanksgiving skit, and recite poems...the parents love it!

gladys

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Latte Mama said...

We really concentrate on being grateful. I loved Oprah's gratitude journal and try to do the same thing with my Kinders. We discuss one thing each day that we're grateful for and write about it in our journals.

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Mrs. Kimbrell said...
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Mrs. Kimbrell said...

My favorite thing to do in November is do our handprint turkeys! I love handprints as a mom, so I try to do as many as possible in my kindergarten class!

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Kellye Hoogland said...

I love Thanksgiving!!! WE can just spend time with family and eat and not have to worry about all the gifts. I love having my students make Indian vest, headbands, and necklaces. We have a feast in the school cafeteria and then the parents come to our classroom to watch and listen to their children sing Thanksgiving songs!! Precious!! One funny thing we do..the students and parents do the TOOTY TA. It is always a favorite!!! It is not a Thanksgiving song, but I let the children peerforma any song at the end for being so wonderful. They always pick Tooty Ta. HILARIOUS!!!
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Mrs. Romero said...

My favorite Thanksgiving themed activity is my Thanksgiving counting and number book! It gives students a chance to practice writing numbers from 1-15, as well as 1-1 counting by drawing Thanksgiving themed pictures! For those teacher like myself who teach full day kindergarten programs specifically for those struggling at-risk students, you know what a challenge it is for these little kiddos to develop number sense!

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Kari said...

In my classroom, we do a food drive for a local organization. We bring a can of food for everything we are thankful for (I usually model 5 different things). My kids love it!

Kari
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Sass Class said...

We do a first and second grade feast. We cook everything and invite people to join us. We dress as Native Americans or Pilgrims. It is a hit!!!

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Susan said...

We do a lot of learning activities and a lot of "just for fun" activities! My favorite is sending home a turkey template that students are supposed to disguise for Thanksgiving! I have had the cutest turkeys come back as Santa Claus, an astronaut, Elvis, dragons, and many more! I wish I would've taken pictures of each one and saved them over the years. Maybe I will start that tradition this year.

Suzan said...

In November we begin my favorite unit - Needs and Wants. Since the focus is on family we read the book A Chair For My Mother. This starts the discussion on giving and what's important. It's a privilege to bring this new knowledge to children. As we develop our knowledge of this topic we discuss ways we help our families and others. This always carries over into December at which time we adopt a few residents from our local nursing home. We collect needed articles for them (like the neighbors in the story) and hand deliver them during our field trip to the nursing home. We sing, pass out homemade cards and visit with everyone to pass along the greatest need of all - Love!

Momofboys said...

In November, we disguise turkeys. We do a feast. Part of our kindergarten classes are Indians and the others Pilgrims. We come together in the school lunchroom to share a meal and sign a peace treaty that reads, "Friends share, Friends care, We will be friends everywhere." We also complete the TLC Thanksgiving book and read it together.

penny said...

We discuss the first Thanksgiving and how our Thanksgiving of today is the same and different. We also have a Thanksgiving feast that we share with our 5th grade buddies.

penny said...

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Mary said...

We start the first week in November and discuss the basics and history of Thanksgiving. (on a 1st grade level of course) We learn about Thanksgiving feasts and how the original indians and pilgrims celebrated. We make placemats for our feasts from the kids handprints which we make into turkeys. I decorate the classroom with table cloths and arrange the desks in a long row for a long table. The parents all volunteer to bring different items to the feast and they are all welcome to come celebrate with our class as we share what we are most thankful for.
mellis@cherokeek12.org

Langston's Learners said...

We spend the entire month of November studying The First Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, and the Wampanoag Indians. One of my favorite lessons is with the Wampanoag Indians. We borrow deer skin, antlers, beaver fur, etc. from a local educational museum. We begin with in an inquiry activity...What are these items? Then, we move onto how the Wamponoag Indians used these items. We finish by creating a class book: If I were an Wampanoag Indian...

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Jennifer said...

I love to get together with another teacher at my school and plan a "Thanksgiving Feast." We choose who is to be Indians and Pilgrims and we dress us and invites parents to join us. As a class we pitch in to bring items that they may have eaten on Thanksgiving Day (adding some of the class favorites of course). The kids really love this! We combine the classes before we eat and discuss how the Indians helped the Pilgrims find food.

quirky01 said...

Each year in November, I go to a local grocery store and gather as many paper bags as possible! The managers are always eager to donate to our Thanksgiving project! :)

Each kiddo gets a paper bag and draws a creative design all over the bag. We talk about Native American symbols and what different images mean. Then we string the paper bags together, wrap them around three 9-foot two-by-fours, and create an ENORMOUS teepee in our classroom! We meet in and around the teepee during circle time, and the kiddos LOVE it! :)

Then we take pictures and deliver them in a thank-you card to the grocery store helpers who donated bags to our teepee! :)

jreed said...

One of my favorite Thanksgiving activities is a "story telling/drawing a mural" session. I use the information from Ann McGovern's book, "If you sailed on the Mayfower in 1620". I hang up a large sheet of roll paper and start telling the story as I draw pictures to help the children get a sense of what it was like to be a Pilgrim. I start off drawing the island of England (where our story begins) and progress through the 66 days of the journey. I draw simple pictures as we talk about such things as: Who sailed on the Mayflower? What could the Pilgrims take with them? What would you eat and drink on the Mayflower? Where would you sleep? Would you be able to keep clean? Was it a safe journey? Would you have any fun on the Mayflower? etc. My kindergarteners will sit for up to 45 minutes, mezmerized, as I draw and talk. On following days, they amaze me with details they remember! I am certainly no artist, but the children don't care! When we finish our mural, they color it for me and we display it in the hallway. On other days we do a similair mural about Native American Indian life and another mural on the first Thanksgiving (which lasted 3 days!).The book has LOTS of interesting little tidbits of information that bring the story alive. reedgrow@earthlink.net

Kinderpond said...

My students love making the TLC lessons Thanksgiving book.

Lauren said...

My students have enjoyed "disgusing" their turkeys as a project with their families. We also talk about gratitude and make cards for people at school that we are grateful for (whether other kids, teachers, support staff, etc.) The children love to present their cards to these special people!

rita said...

My favorite November activity is the Thanksgiving Feast. The students make indian or pilgrim costumes (headbands, hats, vests, collars, necklaces). We make placemats by rolling corn in paint and rolling them on colored paper and laminate them. We put white BB paper down the hall and plates of food in the middle. This year we will have 63 Kindergarteners gathering for the feast!! We invite the paper to take pictures! It is a cool sight and it makes you thankful that you can touch that many lives with your teaching!