November Writing Prompts

1-2-3 Come Do Some Turkey Activities With Me

Studying a bit about turkeys is not only super-interesting, but it helps me get in some science and non-fiction practice as well.

Turkeys are a perfect November theme, without being totally tied to Thanksgiving, which is not celebrated by everyone in our very diverse classrooms of today.

turkey activities, turkey crafts, photographs of real turkeys, parts of a turkey, turkey centers, life cycle of a turkey, turkey games, turkey bulletin boards, turkey writing promptsWith these things in mind, I designed “Turkey Talk”. It’s chock full of a variety of activities that include:

* A colorful KWL chart which can be done as a whole group, while the BW version can be done individually.

turkey activities, turkey crafts, photographs of real turkeys, parts of a turkey, turkey centers, life cycle of a turkey, turkey games, turkey bulletin boards, turkey writing prompts* 4 realistic and lovely clip art posters featuring a male, female and baby turkey along with a nest of eggs.
* I’ve also included a set of “Match Game” picture and word cards.

* A “color me” Turkey Talk emergent reader, that’s packed with Dolch sight words, as well as a “trace & write” version for younger kiddos.

turkey activities, turkey crafts, photographs of real turkeys, parts of a turkey, turkey centers, life cycle of a turkey, turkey games, turkey bulletin boards, turkey writing prompts* A “Let’s Talk Turkey” vocabulary building poster, with a matching...
* “Define These Words” worksheet.
* A “Turkey Time” word search as a fun way to practice these new words.
* A labeled turkey head, photo-poster, with an accompanying definition one, plus
* 2, “Label the Turkey” worksheets.

photographs of turkeys* 20+ interesting turkey facts. Pick your favorites, share with your students, then use this background information to check their comprehension.

* A follow up “Some interesting facts I learned about turkeys” writing prompt worksheet.

* 10 photo-posters of wild and domestic turkeys.

turkey activities, turkey crafts, photographs of real turkeys, parts of a turkey, turkey centers, life cycle of a turkey, turkey games, turkey bulletin boards, turkey writing prompts* 2 Venn diagrams, which come in color to do as a whole group, as well as BW to be done individually or with a partner.

* 3 photo-posters of a peacock for a comparison-contrast activity.

* A “Turkeys Are Can Have” worksheet in color and BW
* A “Would you like to have a turkey as a pet?” writing prompt worksheet.
* A “Describe a Turkey” worksheet for adjective and descriptive writing practice.

turkey activities, turkey crafts, photographs of real turkeys, parts of a turkey, turkey centers, life cycle of a turkey, turkey games, turkey bulletin boards, turkey writing prompts* 2 life cycle of a turkey crafts. One's a slider the other a "Turn & Learn Wheel" Plus several matching worksheets & a game.

turkey activities, turkey crafts, photographs of real turkeys, end punctuation activities, fix the sentence activities, parts of a turkey, turkey centers, life cycle of a turkey, turkey games, turkey bulletin boards, turkey writing promptsAll come in BW as well as color, so that you can quickly & easily make samples to share; and finally,

* 2 “We learned about turkeys today! Ask me what I know.” color-me bookmarks

Renee over in Virginia, asked me if I had any Thanksgiving-themed  "Fix The Sentence" cards, as her students have enjoyed a few of my other seasonal "pocket chart punctuation" packets. 

Just finished them, so I thought I'd include them in this blog post as well.   

turkey activities, turkey crafts, photographs of real turkeys, end punctuation activities, fix the sentence activities, parts of a turkey, turkey centers, life cycle of a turkey, turkey games, turkey bulletin boards, turkey writing promptsThese 28, Thanksgiving-themed sentence cards, are a quick, easy and fun way to practice capitalization and end punctuation, while reinforcing some factual information about the first Thanksgiving.

Choose your cards, then read them together as a whole group to practice lots of Dolch sight words.

Pick a student to come up and using a dry erase marker, circle letters that should be capitalized and then add end punctuation. (period, question mark & exclamation point).

You can do this on a whiteboard, with a pocket chart, or pass a card out to each child to correct.

turkey activities, turkey crafts, photographs of real turkeys, end punctuation activities, fix the sentence activities, parts of a turkey, turkey centers, life cycle of a turkey, turkey games, turkey bulletin boards, turkey writing promptsFor more practice, as an individual activity, have students choose X number of mini cards and rewrite the sentences correctly on one of the 7 worksheet options.

Afterwards, students can swap their paper with a partner to correct.

I've included 2 sizes of mini "fix the sentence" cards for this, which makes a nice Daily 5 word work activity too.

There are 28 mini cards on one sheet of paper. Simply print, laminate and trim several copies, for a class set. 

cov fall shape matchThe featured FREEBIE today is a collection of fall-themed, 2D shape matching games.  Students place the colored shape tile on to the matching shape on the leaf, spider, bat, owl, or turkey card.  

I've included a blank template for each theme, so you can program with more shapes or whatever. Hope your kiddos enjoy them as much as mine.

turkey activities, turkey crafts, photographs of real turkeys, parts of a turkey, turkey centers, life cycle of a turkey, turkey games, turkey bulletin boards, turkey writing promptsWell that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by. Time to hit the road and do some grocery shopping for turkey day.

Lots to do when our crowd of 20+ gathers.  Feeling very blessed.  Wishing you a warm-fuzzy kind of day.

"When I was growing up, and other people I knew were getting into trouble, I was somewhere in a deer stand or going to bed early, so I could be up before dawn to hunt turkeys. My love of the outdoors kept me solid.  - Donald Trump, Jr.

1-2-3 Come Do Some Thanksgiving Pilgrim Activities With Me

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing promptsDo you read ”The Littlest Pilgrim” by Brandi Dougherty? 

I think part of the reason my students enjoy this story so much, is that they truly identify with Mini, the main character, for they too are young and often feel left out.

Mini is too little to chop wood, bake bread, hunt, build a cabin, or fish. (A nice list of things that the Pilgrims did).

However, she’s not too little to pick berries and make a special Native American friend; which in truth is the very essence of why the Pilgrims survived.

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing promptsBecause of my students’ enthusiasm for the story and their empathetic identification with Mini, I designed 3 quick, easy and fun writing prompt activities that I think your students will enjoy.

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing prompts* The first one: “When I was younger I was too little to . . .” features 4 different “toppers” for them to choose from then color. See the samples on the cover.

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing prompts* The next one is a comparison-contrast activity, where students complete the prompts: “It’s great being a kid because…” then compare that with “I look forward to being an adult because…”
Students can choose a boy or girl Pilgrim worksheet.

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing prompts* Finally, a Pilgrim girl bookmark, has children make a list of words (character traits) that describe Mini.

The activities are different enough so that you can do all three, or give children a choice of the top two, then build vocabulary and practice descriptive character traits, as a whole group.

Besides the black & white patterns for students, I’ve also included full color templates, so that you can quickly and easily make a sample to share. My finished examples are also included.

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing promptsTo practice "text to self" we discuss times in our lives that we felt just like Mini.

Completed projects make a sweet bulletin board

I’ve included 2 posters for the center of your display. 

Because my storytelling slider craftivities craftivities have been so popular, I decided to design one to go along with "The Littlest Pilgrim" as well. 

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing promptsThis craftivity is a quick, easy and fun way to reinforce the "sequencing and retelling a story" standards, while relaying factual information about the Pilgrims at the same time.

Children color the objects on the “slider strip” then cut and glue it together.

As they pull on the end of the “slider” the various pictures go through the window”, so that children can take turns retelling the story to a partner or reading buddy, then take their Pilgrim home to share with their family, once again practicing these standards.

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing promptsStorytelling sliders are also an easy & interesting way to assess comprehension.

I’ve included a “sequence the story” worksheet for this, where students color and trim the picture “windows” then glue them in the correct order on the blank worksheet.

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing promptsSo that you can quickly and easily make an example, I’ve included a full-color slider pattern.  There are patterns for both a boy and girl Pilgrim.

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing promptsI’ve also included a “Here’s What Happened…” writing prompt worksheet, as another way to check comprehension plus practice sequential writing, hopefully using a variety of ordinal numbers or other transitions.

The Littlest Pilgrim story, acorn crafts, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing promptsThe featured FREEBIE for today are some fun acorn-themed craftivities, which make a nice "sanity saver" for the last day before vacation. 

The Littlest Pilgrim story, the littlest pilgrim activities, pilgrim crafts, pilgrim activities, pilgrim writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving writing prompts, november writing promptsWell that's it for today.  Thanks for popping over.

The Sandhill Cranes are migrating and make a stop over in a marsh close by.

So time to bundle up to go see this truly awesome sight, as literally 1,000s swoop in honking away. Wishing you an inspiring day.

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." - Langston Hughes

1-2-3 Come Learn About Pilgrim Children With Me

If you want your students to get excited and interested in learning about Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, do it from a child’s perspective... today’s kiddos studying about children in the 17th century.

pilgrim children information, pilgrim children games, pilgrim children activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving activities, venn diagrams, graphic organizers, writing prompts for november, thanksgiving writing promptsBelieve me, you’ll certainly grab their attention. Shocker; no electricity and lots of work to do!

Thirty-one children actually sailed on the Mayflower, with two born along the way!

I spent a great deal of time researching children during this time period, to create this packet, which can be simplified for PK kiddos, and ramped up for older elementary students, who will really enjoy the writing prompts.

pilgrim children information, pilgrim children games, pilgrim children activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving activities, venn diagrams, graphic organizers, writing prompts for november, thanksgiving writing promptsThe packet includes:

* A dozen Venn diagrams, which are an excellent way to present a great deal of interesting background information, while children practice comparing and contrasting.

pilgrim children information, pilgrim children games, pilgrim children activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving activities, venn diagrams, graphic organizers, writing prompts for november, thanksgiving writing prompts* Several graphic organizers, KWLs, graphing extensions and worksheets.

* A variety of writing prompts, including an assortment of letter writing craftivities.

* A dozen games that were played during that time period, so it can be supposed that Pilgrim children might also have played them. Surprisingly, a few your students may still play today!

pilgrim children information, pilgrim children games, pilgrim children activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving activities, venn diagrams, graphic organizers, writing prompts for november, thanksgiving writing promptspilgrim children information, pilgrim children games, pilgrim children activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving activities, venn diagrams, graphic organizers, writing prompts for november, thanksgiving writing prompts* 2 super-fun measurement activities that will make sailing on the Mayflower and living in a tiny Pilgrim house more real to your students.

* A Pilgrim TP tube craftivity.

Older students can staple it to the side of one of the writing prompts, to add a bit of 3D pizzazz to your bulletin board display. 

and as always . .

* Photographs & completed samples so that you can quickly & easily make examples to share.

pilgrim children information, pilgrim children games, pilgrim children activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving activities, venn diagrams, graphic organizers, writing prompts for november, thanksgiving writing promptsClick on the link to zip on over to have a look see at this 86-page packet chock full of interesting activities: Pilgrim Children.

Here's hoping that your students enjoy learning about Pilgrim children, as they practice a variety of standards.

Today's featured FREEBIE goes right along with this Thanksgiving packet.

pilgrim children information, pilgrim children games, pilgrim children activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving activities, venn diagrams, graphic organizers, writing prompts for november, thanksgiving writing promptsClick on the various links for my photographs of the Mayflower II, Plimoth Plantation, Wampanoag Village, and Plymouth Rock that I took, on a recent vacation in Massachusetts.

Sharing these with your kiddos also brings the 17th century to life, helping make things more real, the activities more meaningful and the writing prompts more vivid and authentic.

pilgrim children information, pilgrim children games, pilgrim children activities, thanksgiving crafts, thanksgiving games, thanksgiving activities, venn diagrams, graphic organizers, writing prompts for november, thanksgiving writing promptsWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.  Time to get ready to go celebrate our oldest son's birthday. 

Where have 35 years flown off to?  One seems to go from potty training to driver's training in a heartbeat, then the rest even faster.  Wishing you a love-filled day.

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." - Oprah Winfrey

1-2-3 Come Do Some Comparison-Contrast Writing With Me

Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and interesting way to introduce and practice comparison and contrast writing.  I designed Venn Friends, as an especially fun way to do that.  These are also a great way for you and your students to get to know each other better. 

I've made Venn friend packets for almost every month, but hadn't gotten around to do one for November.  Laurie, who's done several other packets with her kiddos, e-mailed me to ask if I was going to make one specifically for November.  Of course, and another thing was added to my "to do" list.

November venn friends, venn friends, pilgrim venn friends, turkey venn friends, native american venn friends, venn diagram activiites, comparison and contrast writing, venn diagram pattern, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, activities for getting to know your students, I'm never one to procrastinate, so I got right down to business.  Unlike the other monthly Venn Friends, I have more than one option for November.  Students have 3 choices for their Venn friend topper: a turkey, a Pilgrim boy or girl, or a Native American boy or girl. 

November venn friends, venn friends, pilgrim venn friends, turkey venn friends, native american venn friends, venn diagram activiites, comparison and contrast writing, venn diagram pattern, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, activities for getting to know your students, You can have a turkey find a turkey partner, a boy Pilgrim find a girl Pilgrim, or a boy Native American find a boy Pilgrim, mixing and matching however you or your students wish.  

November venn friends, venn friends, pilgrim venn friends, turkey venn friends, native american venn friends, venn diagram activiites, comparison and contrast writing, venn diagram pattern, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, activities for getting to know your students, As a way to get to know each other, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can ask their partner. 

From there, they choose what information they want to record on their Venn diagram

November venn friends, venn friends, pilgrim venn friends, turkey venn friends, native american venn friends, venn diagram activiites, comparison and contrast writing, venn diagram pattern, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, activities for getting to know your students, Each student does their own "different" portion of the circle, and then, once they glue their circles together, they take turns recording the similarities that they have with their Venn friend, in the middle "same" section.  (See completed sample.)

To make it easy for students to match up and glue their circles together, I've included both left and right circles.

November venn friends, venn friends, pilgrim venn friends, turkey venn friends, native american venn friends, venn diagram activiites, comparison and contrast writing, venn diagram pattern, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, activities for getting to know your students, I designed the Venn friends, specifically so students could get to know a classmate better, but you could certainly have students pretend to be "real" Pilgrims and Native American children, and then compare and contrast that way as well.

However, I do that sort of thing in the Thanksgiving Children's Packet with other Venn diagrams.

When everyone is done, have students come up with their partner to share their Venn Friend. This will give children some public speaking practice, as well as enable everyone to get to know each other a little better. 

Completed projects, look awesome hanging in rows on a hallway wall.  Click on the link to view/download the November Venn Friends packet.  For more Venn diagram activities, click on the link to pop over to that section of my site.

November venn friends, venn friends, pilgrim venn friends, turkey venn friends, native american venn friends, venn diagram activiites, comparison and contrast writing, venn diagram pattern, thanksgiving activities, thanksgiving crafts, activities for getting to know your students, Thanks for visiting.  It's an overcast rainy November day; perfect for pouring over Pinterest boards, in search of some "pinspiration". 

As if my pile of "make this" projects is not big enough!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE making homemade Christmas gifts though.  Wishing you a snuggly day.

 "Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." ~W.J. Cameron

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This adorable 3D turkey is an interesting and fun way to have students write about what they are thankful for.  Children write 6 of those things on a colored strip of paper, then staple it into a feather "loop" that they glue to the back of their turkey

 1-2-3 Come Do Some Creative November Writing Activities With Me

Are you looking for some November-themed writing activities to plug into your Daily 5 or writing block?  Well you've come to the right place.  I've got a variety of interesting and fun options for you. 

After reading several stories about the first Thanksgiving, have a discussion with your students about the kinds of meals that they enjoy for their Thanksgiving feast.  How are they similar? How are they different?  Do most of them have a traditional or non traditional Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, november bulletin board ideas, how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craft, adjective activities, list of transitions, venn diagram activities, venn friends, Afterwards, have students write about this, by coloring their turkey recording paper and jotting down things about their Thanksgiving meal

Remind students to use descriptive adjectives, to help explain what their table decorations, as well as food for their feast, consists of. 

For that finishing touch, have them color, trim and glue the table pattern to the bottom of their completed paper.  I've included my sample that you can share, or make one up of your own, as a fun way for your kiddos to learn a bit about their teacher.

 When everyone is done, call on several volunteers to share their work.  Completed projects make lovely hallway wall decorations displayed in a row.

Click on the link to view/download the My Thanksgiving Dinner Writing Prompt Craftivity.The My Thanksgiving Dinner paper plate craftivity, featured last week, would be a nice companion to this writing prompt as well. 

how to make a pumkin pie writing prompt craft,Thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, november bulletin board ideas, how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craft, adjective activities, list of transitions, venn diagram activities, venn friends, thankful wreath, thankful word craft, thankful class book, class made books, Another form of writing that students are asked to learn, is giving directions for how to do something. 

The "How to Make a Pumpkin Pie" craftivity, provides interesting practice.  I've included a list of transitions, a graphing extension and an adjective worksheet, as well as a Venn diagram activity for more teachable moments. 

Another writing prompt that's very popular at this time of year, is when children write about things that they are thankful for.  For years, I had my students write these items on turkey feathers then I'd staple them to a big fat turkey on our bulletin board. 

how to make a pumkin pie writing prompt craft,Thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, november bulletin board ideas, how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craft, adjective activities, list of transitions, venn diagram activities, venn friends, thankful wreath, thankful word craft, thankful class book, class made books, If you're tired of doing something like that, I have several different options for you to choose from.  A super-quick one is the Thankful word craftivity. 

Inside the letters, students write as many things as they can think of, that they are thankful for.  Mount their completed work, on a variety of fall-colored construction paper and you have a quick, easy and awesome bulletin board.

how to make a pumkin pie writing prompt craft, bucket filling ideas, Thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, november bulletin board ideas, how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craft, adjective activities, list of transitions, venn diagram activities, venn friends, thankful wreath, thankful word craft, thankful class book, class made books, The Thankful Wreath, is another option.  Completed projects turn out lovely, especially with a bit of colorful glitter glue to add that finishing touch.  Students write what they are thankful for on the autumn-colored leaves. 

I have a poem, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, that can be included in the center if you want.  Adding a child's class picture, makes this even more special. 

how to make a pumkin pie writing prompt craft, bucket filling ideas, Thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, november bulletin board ideas, how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craft, adjective activities, list of transitions, venn diagram activities, venn friends, thankful wreath, thankful word craft, thankful class book, thankful turkey craft, turkey crafts,class made books, If you still like the idea of using a cute little turkey craft for your "I'm thankful for..." writing prompt, I think you'll like Tyrone

I got the idea for his loopy feathers from Melissa, over at her first grade blog.  To make Tyrone, children write what they are thankful for on the paper strip "feathers" then staple them into a loop, and glue them to the back of their turkey

how to make a pumkin pie writing prompt craft, bucket filling ideas, Thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, november bulletin board ideas, how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craft, adjective activities, list of transitions, venn diagram activities, venn friends, thankful wreath, thankful word craft, thankful class book, thankful turkey craft, turkey crafts,class made books, I made up six options for Tyrone's tummy circle:  Thanksgiving quotes, short Christian poems, and simply the words Happy Thanksgiving. You can choose one that's appropriate for your kiddos, or give them a choice.  

how to make a pumkin pie writing prompt craft, bucket filling ideas, Thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, november bulletin board ideas, how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craft, adjective activities, list of transitions, venn diagram activities, venn friends, thankful wreath, thankful word craft, thankful class book, class made books, Finally, making an I'm Thankful" class book, is another creative writing prompt that I think your kiddos will enjoy doing. 

This activity fits in well with any "bucket filling" theme you may have going on, as students pick a Pilgrim hat card, out of a basket. 

how to make a pumkin pie writing prompt craft, bucket filling ideas, Thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, november bulletin board ideas, how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craft, adjective activities, list of transitions, venn diagram activities, venn friends, thankful wreath, thankful word craft, thankful class book, class made books, The cards have your students' names on them.  Each child writes why they are thankful for that classmate, and then illustrates their page.  Include real class photographs to make this a classroom-library favorite. 

If you didn't see the  Thankful Tree blog article yesterday, scroll down.  It offers yet another "I'm Thankful" alternative, as this writing prompt has students write about what they are thankful for in the four seasons, working on the use of adjectives, to help make students' writing more descriptive.  

how to make a pumkin pie writing prompt craft,Thanksgiving writing prompts, thanksgiving activities, november writing prompts, november bulletin board ideas, how to make a pumpkin pie writing prompt craft, adjective activities, list of transitions, venn diagram activities, venn friends, Well that's it for today.  I have much to be thankful for, including the fact that I get to spend a good portion of my day coloring, cutting and pasting away, as I design new activities. 

Although I miss being in the classroom, I still enjoy teaching via this website.  It makes being retired super-fun, relaxing and very joy-filled.   Wishing you a blessed day.

"The trouble with life isn't that there is no answer, it's that there are so many answers."  -Ruth Benedict (Anthropologist)

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After reading several stories about the first Thanksgiving, have a discussion with your students about the kinds of meals that they enjoy for their Thanksgiving feast.  How are they similar? How are they different?  Do most of them have a traditional or non traditional Thanksgiving

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Your room will smell delicious when you make these acorns that are sprinkled with ground cinnamon & /or ground cloves.  Practice name writing with the glitter acorns.  Both make cute borders for your November bulletin board featuring student work.

1-2-3 Come Do Some Awesome Autumn Craftivities With Me!

To help motivate my Y5's to get down to business, stay focused and complete their morning table top lessons, I'd often offer a simple & quick craftivity that they could transition to, when they were done, or if I spied them quietly working.  The textured acorn is perfect for this.

acorn crafts, thanksgiving crafts, acorn activities,  fraction activities, fraction cards, free fraction posters.thanksgiving activities, november bulletin boards, fall bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boards, I'm thankful for writing prompts, thanksgiving wreath, thankful wreath, thankful treeHere's How: 

  • Run off on brown construction paper & rough cut.
  • Students trim and write their name on the back.
  • Individually call them up to the ‘sprinkling” center, to work one-on-one with you or an adult helper.  
  • Children brush glue over the top with a large foam brush.
  • Children sprinkle mustard seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds or bird seed on the top.  Gently shake off excess, then they brush glue on the bottom. 
  • Children sprinkle ground cinnamon &/or ground clove onto the bottom.  Set aside to dry.
  • Your room will smell wonderful while making these.
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  • acorn crafts, thanksgiving crafts, acorn activities,  fraction activities, fraction cards, free fraction posters.thanksgiving activities, november bulletin boards, fall bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boards, I'm thankful for writing prompts, thanksgiving wreath, thankful wreath, thankful treeAnother craftivity you can do with the acorn template, is to have children write their name on the bottom; you help them trace the letters with glue and then sprinkle with coppery-orange glitter. You can also add glitter to the top of the acorn and sprinkle with another color.

Use the acorns as a border on your bulletin board that displays student work.  Your caption can be: “We’re simply nuts about...” and then fill in whatever you’re studying. Click on the link to view/download the scent-sational acorn craftivities.

acorn crafts, thanksgiving crafts, acorn activities,  fraction activities, fraction cards, free fraction posters.thanksgiving activities, november bulletin boards, fall bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boards, I'm thankful for writing prompts, thanksgiving wreath, thankful wreath, thankful treeAnother sweet-smelling craftivity I call the pumpkin pie pomander. Simply cut a paper plate into 1/8ths.

For a quick and interesting review of fractions, do this in front of your kiddo's to demonstrate how fractions are formed, by first cutting the plate in 1/2 then in 1/4ths and finally into 1/8ths. I've included a set of fraction pies for even more reinforcement.

acorn crafts, thanksgiving crafts, acorn activities, thanksgiving activities, november bulletin boards, fall bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boards, I'm thankful for writing prompts, fraction activities, fraction cards, free fraction posters. thanksgiving wreath, thankful wreath, thankful treePunch a hole in the corner and tie a yarn or ribbon loop.  Call quiet students up to the painting center.  They paint their slice of pie with light brown paint.  While the paint is still wet, help them sprinkle on ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.  Shake off excess.  When it dries students can glue the little poem to the back. I've also done this as a whole group activity. 

You can skip painting and simply have children color the edge of their "crust" with a light brown or tan marker or crayon.  Instead of using paint, students brush Elmer's glue onto the bottom portion of the pie using a Q tip. 

Remind students that they just want to make their pie sticky and not sloppy with glue puddles. Have a mixture of  cinnamon-clove powder sprinkled on 8" paper plates  (1 per table). Students carefully place the wet side down onto the powder and press.  Click on the link to view/download the Pumpkin Pie Pomander craftivity.  

acorn crafts, thanksgiving crafts, acorn activities, thanksgiving activities, november bulletin boards, fall bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boards, I'm thankful for writing prompts, thanksgiving wreath, thankful wreath, thankful treeFinally, since the Thankful Tree was such a popular download, I thought I'd make another option called the Thankful Wreath

I've included a variety of leaf templates + an acorn.  Prior to the activity, brainstorm with children about the things they are thankful for.  Write them on the board so students have help with spelling. 

There are several ways to make the wreath:  Children flip over a paper plate and glue the poem in the middle. 

They select 8 leaves that you have run off on a variety of fall-colored construction paper. Older students can cut their own leaves, but I'd pre-cut for pre-K's to expedite things. If you want them to have some cutting practice, have them trim the elm leaf.

Children write something they are thankful for on each leaf.  Before they glue, have them arrange the leaves in a circle around the poem.  When they are satisfied with the appearance, they glue the leaves to the wreath. In the picture I used two oak leaves to make a "bow" and put an acorn in the middle with a child's photo glued to it.

acorn crafts, thanksgiving crafts, acorn activities, thanksgiving activities, november bulletin boards, fall bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boards, I'm thankful for writing prompts, thanksgiving wreath, thankful wreath, thankful treeThe other way you can make the wreath is to skip the poem and cut the center of the plate out.  As I was making samples, I liked a thinner circle so that the white didn't show through, but you still had enough "base" to glue things on, so I cut quite a bit of the ribbing off as well.  

acorn crafts, thanksgiving crafts, acorn activities, thanksgiving activities, november bulletin boards, fall bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boards, I'm thankful for writing prompts, thanksgiving wreath, thankful wreath, thankful treeAfter students have written on the leaves, they rub glue all over the wreath and then press their leaves on. 

My Y5's absolutely loved anything with glitter, so I thought that some "sparkles" would help add the "wow" factor they so enjoyed. 

Completed projects make a lovely bulletin board, or hang them back-to-back from the ceiling in the hallway.  Click on the link to view/download the Thankful Wreath patterns.

acorn crafts, thanksgiving crafts, acorn activities, thanksgiving activities, november bulletin boards, fall bulletin boards, thanksgiving bulletin boards, I'm thankful for writing prompts, thanksgiving wreath, thankful wreath, thankful treeThanks for visiting today.  Feel free to PIN away.  I blog and design daily, so I hope you can stop by tomorrow for the newest FREEBIES.

"Without Thy sunshine and Thy rain, we could not have the golden grain.  Without Thy love we'd not be fed.  We thank Thee for our daily bread." -Unknown.

1-2-3 Come Do Some "I'm Thankful" Writing With Me!

If you're looking for an alternative to the "I'm Thankful" writing prompt activity, where students write what they are thankful for, on turkey feathers, (I did that for years) you may want to try the Thankful Tree. 

thanksgiving crafts, alternative to thankful turkeys and thankful feathers, november writing prompts, thanksgiving writing prompts, i'm thankful writing prompts, november crafts, daily 5 activitie for november, writing activities for november, writing activities for thanksgiving This craftivity offers a twist, as students write the things that they are thankful for in each season.  The tree-top writing prompt pages are larger, so students can write a bit more than on the typical feather. 

It's an interesting and fun way to review the 4 seasons, and a chance to showcase students descriptive writing, by encouraging the use of adjectives.

Here's what to do:

thanksgiving crafts, alternative to thankful turkeys and thankful feathers, november writing prompts, thanksgiving writing prompts, i'm thankful writing prompts, november crafts, daily 5 activitie for november, writing activities for november, writing activities for thanksgivingPrint off the tops of the trees on appropriate colors of construction paper.  i.e. a green cover page, an orange one for fall, white or powder blue for the winter page, pink for the spring page, yellow for the summer page, and finally, ending with another shade of green, for the last "I'm most thankful for..." page, where students can include things like family, friends, etc.

thanksgiving crafts, alternative to thankful turkeys and thankful feathers, november writing prompts, thanksgiving writing prompts, i'm thankful writing prompts, november crafts, daily 5 activitie for november, writing activities for november, writing activities for thanksgivingVia a discussion, review the various seasons and what kinds of things children see and like to do in them. 

To help students with spelling and recall, write a list on the board.

thanksgiving crafts, alternative to thankful turkeys and thankful feathers, november writing prompts, thanksgiving writing prompts, i'm thankful writing prompts, november crafts, daily 5 activitie for november, writing activities for november, writing activities for thanksgivingLook at the list and ask students to think of descriptive words that would make those things and activities "come alive". 

List those as well.  This will help jump-start your students' brains, and ensure that they incorporate lots of adjectives in their writing.

thanksgiving crafts, alternative to thankful turkeys and thankful feathers, november writing prompts, thanksgiving writing prompts, i'm thankful writing prompts, november crafts, daily 5 activitie for november, writing activities for november, writing activities for thanksgivingStudents should compose their rough draft on scratch paper. 

You may want to have them underline the adjectives, so that they can see at a glance, if they have included at least two per sentence. 

thanksgiving crafts, alternative to thankful turkeys and thankful feathers, november writing prompts, thanksgiving writing prompts, i'm thankful writing prompts, november crafts, daily 5 activitie for november, writing activities for november, writing activities for thanksgivingIf they haven’t, they need to go back and add some. 

Children can work on a page a day, as part of their writing block, or for the writing portion of your Daily 5 activities. 

Remind students to use proper spacing and end punctuation, as well as trace the beginning words of each sentence, underlining the adjectives as they go.

thanksgiving crafts, alternative to thankful turkeys and thankful feathers, november writing prompts, thanksgiving writing prompts, i'm thankful writing prompts, november crafts, daily 5 activitie for november, writing activities for november, writing activities for thanksgivingOnce they have written their sentences, students cut out their tree trunk and tops for the tree.  They need to make sure the pages are in order.  

Children start with the last page and glue it to the top of the tree, and then staple the rest of the tree-top pages together onto that last page, so that the staple acts as a hinge and the tree-top pages flip up.

To add that finishing touch, students glue their school photo to the hollow of the tree.  Children can also draw seasonally appropriate things to each of the tree tops, like leaves, apples, snowflakes, flowers etc.  They could also use stickers, clip art or paper punch-cut shapes. 

thanksgiving crafts, alternative to thankful turkeys and thankful feathers, november writing prompts, thanksgiving writing prompts, i'm thankful writing prompts, november crafts, daily 5 activitie for november, writing activities for november, writing activities for thanksgivingThe Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gibbons, as well as Sutherland's, Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks are great read-aloud books, to go along with this craftivity.

thanksgiving crafts, alternative to thankful turkeys and thankful feathers, november writing prompts, thanksgiving writing prompts, i'm thankful writing prompts, november crafts, daily 5 activitie for november, writing activities for november, writing activities for thanksgivingClick on the link to view/download The Thankful Tree.

Thanks for visiting today.  I  design daily and try to blog about the newest items, so I hope you can stop by again tomorrow.  It's time for me to do a little grocery shopping,or my sweetie won't be very thankful for a loving wife, because of a non-existant dinner. 

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