Lots of Happy Thanksgiving Ideas for You!

It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada so I'm sharing some of the activities we did last week.


First off, we read this very funny book about a clever turkey who outwits the folks who want to eat him for Thanksgiving dinner.


After the story we did a directed drawing (see Cindy's post here for directions) and then I had the kids write: The turkey said, "Don't eat me. Eat ____!"


Turkey drawing and writing. GradeONEderful.com

Turkey drawing and writing. GradeONEderful.com


Turkey drawing and writing. GradeONEderful.com

Turkey drawing and writing. GradeONEderful.com


In my pocket chart I have a bunch of cards that say "A turkey can ___". The kids brainstormed all the things a turkey can do and then we repeated the process with things a turkey can't do.

This cute writing is the result:

Turkey drawing and writing. GradeONEderful.com

Turkey drawing and writing. GradeONEderful.com


Here are a couple of other Thanksgiving books we read:

Bear Says Thanks is very sweet. It was a good one to jump start a discussion about gratitude.


And 10 Fat Turkeys is just hilarious fun! Plus, it rhymes, so that's a bonus at this time of year when I'm trying to teach the kids how to recognize and generate their own rhymes.



We also made a thankful tree. Not a great picture but I think you get the idea.


Thankful Tree by GradeONEderful.com



Last week in Art, my TOC did a FABULOUS job helping the kids create these scarecrows (inspiration from Deep Space Sparkle).


Scarecrow art for young children. GradeONEderful.com

Scarecrow art for young children. GradeONEderful.com

Scarecrow art for young children. GradeONEderful.com

Scarecrow art for young children. GradeONEderful.com


She pre-cut the denim overalls and drew the face, shirt and hat templates for the kids to cut out. They, of course, did the painting on their own and all the gluing and details.

Aren't they great?

Happy Thanksgiving!!



8 comments

  1. A Plump and Perky Turkey is a great book! I love the Don't Eat Me, Eat ___. Fun! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Barb!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  2. You have been busy this week. Loving the grade one spelling.

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    1. And for the first year ever ALL my students are willing to write something on their own!

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  3. I especially love what they said people should eat instead of turkeys. Cute and an fun way to learn how to use quotation marks.

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    1. Me, too. For some reason "bacon" cracked me up:)

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  4. Those turkeys turned put so cute! You have a classroom or real artists!
    Cindy
    Granny Goes to School

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! Thank you so much for your directed drawing!

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