1-2-3 Come Do Some Thanksgiving Pilgrim Activities With Me
Do 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.
Because 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 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 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.
* 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.
To 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.
This 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.
Storytelling 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.
So 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.
I’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 featured FREEBIE for today are some fun acorn-themed craftivities, which make a nice "sanity saver" for the last day before vacation.
Well 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.
Believe 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.
The 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.
* 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!
* 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.
Click 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.
Click 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.
Well 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 Make a Venn Friend With Me
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy & fun way to introduce the concept of comparison-contrast writing.
Years ago, I came up with the concept of students choosing a partner to make a "Venn Friend" with, as an interesting way for students to get to know each other.
I designed the fall "Venn Friends" packet, which feature apples, pumpkins, leaves, turkeys, Pilgrims & Native Americans.
Introduce the lesson with the "What's a Venn diagram?" poster.
To help them do a thorough job completing their Venn diagram and jump start the writing process, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can choose from to discuss with their partner.
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, using the middle "same" section.
I used a "pumpkin seed" for the middle of the Pumpkin Venn Friends, and an acorn for the leaf ones.
You can see little boy & girl "toppers" in the pumpkin photo.
These are black & white so kiddos can color them. Use them on the pumpkins, leaves or apples.
I encourage students to do a boy/girl Venn friend, not only so they have an extra "difference" but so they can see how much they truly have in common with eachother.
Doing a Name Venn with a classmate, is another option, and practices upper & lowercase letters, along with name recognition & counting.
I also incorporate the concept of “greater & less than” with this activity, as students decide who has the most or least number of letters in their name.
I’ve made a sample using an apple, as I do this in September, for a “Getting to Know You” activity for “Back to School”. There are 3 sets of letter tiles for your kiddos to choose from.
My Y5s enjoy this activity so much, I repeat it in October with pumpkins, and see quite a bit of improvement.
As you can see by the photograph, colorful paper plates (smaller 8” size) provide a nice 3D effect.
I pre-cut these to expedite the activity. Besides yellow & red, I also buy lime green plates, giving my students an option.
Besides using paper plates, I've also included a wormy apple pattern.
There’s also 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.
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.
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 historical information as well.
Each seasonal Venn, comes with a graphing extension, so you can get some math practice in as well.
For that finishing touch, add a school photograph. Students could also make a green hand print "leaf" for their pumpkin.
Completed projects make awesome fall bulletin boards. Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to check out the super-fun, 51 page, Fall Venn Friend packet.
Since Halloween is just a week away, I thought a "Halloween Boo Boos" worksheet would be a fun FREEBIE. Students make corrections to the sentences that have mistakes in them.
Click on the link to grab a copy. It's certainly a little something fun, yet educational for party day.
That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
The winds have knocked a lot of leaves off the trees, so this afternoon the hubby, pup & I are going for a relaxing drive to see what's left of the gorgeous fall colors, before they become a distant memory, as barren trees dot the landscape.
I am so not ready for winter. Wishing you a pretty and peaceful day.
"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." - John Burroughs
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
1-2-3 Come Do Some Thanksgiving Shape Activities With Me
One of the most common symbols of Thanksgiving is the Pilgrim hat. When I was doing research about the Pilgrims for several of the packets, I was surprised to learn that they did not really sport the large brass buckles on their hats and shoes, despite belief to the contrary.
In search of a "buckled up" pilgrim picture, I came across a costume company that sells this "authentic" Pilgrim garb. It is because most of the 17th-century artists also depicted couples this way, that we have come to believe that they all wore buckles.
Buckles didn’t come into fashion until decades after the Pilgrims left England, and were used as a status symbol, since they were more expensive than other fastening solutions.
The Pilgrims did wear the conical hats, which I discovered were called capotains, but they didn’t have buckles, nor did their belts.
Pilgrim boys and men, held up their pants with leather laces tied to their shirts and doublets. These facts have been gleaned from historical records, passenger lists, wills, diaries, and letters that included descriptions of clothing. Buckles later became very popular in England because they were an expensive fashion statement, however, they were not part of Pilgrim dress.
I thought you'd enjoy learning this bit of trivia, which you can share with your students when they do the Shapely Buckle craftivity. Years ago I made a Pilgrim buckle shape booklet, and thought I'd up-date that idea with a new packet.
This one includes a pattern for the Pilgrim's hat, which I cut out of black construction paper. A mini-buckle booklet is stapled together and then glued to the center of the hat.
Children flip the pages to reveal the different shaped buckles. Adding a bit of gold glitter glue to the cover, really adds that finishing touch.
A graphing extension is also included, showing which shaped buckle your students thought would be the best. The large shape cards that feature traceable shape-words, can be uses as pocket or flashcards to review and assess. Make an extra set; laminate, trim and cut into puzzles.
Students can also make an Itty Bitty booklet, as a cover is included. Children trace and color the shape buckles, as well as trace and write the shape words.
I've also included smaller buckle shape cards along with shape word cards to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games. Children can match shape to shape or shape to word.
Click on the link to view/download the Shapely Buckles packet. I've shared quite a few Thanksgiving/Pilgrim links in other blog articles and found another one today that you might also enjoy. This link contains 6 short video clips that include interesting Thanksgiving/Pilgrim information from the History Channel.
Since the Penguin Shape packet I & II as well as the Shapely Owls continue to be three of the most downloaded items on my site, I thought it would be fun to make one featuring turkeys.
Teachers can make the large shape-head turkeys for display or review, and then have students choose their favorite shape and make a shape body - turkey bird of their own.
A turkey version of the 4-Corners game can also be played with the large turkey heads. Directions are included in the packet.
There are some turkey shape word cards you can use for pocket or flashcards.
Make extra sets to play Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?" games, or cut them apart and make puzzles. Click on the link to view/download the The Shape Of My Turkeys packet.
Finally, Susan over in Texas, asked if I could make the Pilgrim Shape Spinner game featuring turkeys. No problem. If you'd like a set too, click on the link to grab it. Turkey Spinner Shape game.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you can stop by tomorrow for a few more FREEBIES hot off the press.
"What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?" - Eleabor Roosevelt
1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Thanksgiving Craftivities With Me
I have a bunch of empty TP rolls literally rolling around the bottom of my drawer, so I decided to dream up a quickie independent center, recycling TP tubes, that children could transition to, after they completed their morning table-top lessons.
I really enjoy designing simple craftivities that I know children will have fun making, and parents will enjoy keeping. After I glued my grandson's photo to the template, I knew I had the "Awwww!" factor.
It's a misconception that Pilgrims only wore stark black or gray clothing, with white collars and cuffs. While the cuffs remained white, Pilgrim clothes were also green, blue, burgundy, violet and red.
This has been documented through diaries, letters, as well as wills, where Colonials left special clothes, like a velvet violet skirt, or green doublet to a family member.
It would be historically appropriate for you to cut the construction paper rectangles out of these brighter colors and give students a choice of what they want their Pilgrim to wear.
I cut 2 scallops from a paper doilie and folded it over the top of the TP tube to make the Pilgrim girl's collar. You could also add a yarn bow for that finishing touch.
Students have the option to color a Pilgrim head, or print off a child's school photo for them to glue to the face of the Pilgrim. I added a bit of pizzazz to the hat with gold glitter glue. Click on the link to view/download the TP Pilgrim craftivity.
Since writing about what you are thankful for is such an interesting and popular writing prompt, I designed yet another craftivity where students can do this. It's always nice to give children a few options when it comes to writing.
Run off the THANKFUL word template. Students cut and glue the pieces together to make the word. Children can simply write what they are thankful for inside the letters, or challenge older students to think of at least 1 or 2 things that they are thankful for that begin with those letters. i.e. in the letter F one could write: food, family, fun, friends, freedom etc. I added some extra pizzazz with glitter glue.
I also made an example with pictures.
Students can use stickers, clip art, pictures cut from magazines, as well as photographs of things that they are thankful for and add them to their word.
If you don't have time to do this in class, assign it for homework and enlist parental help. Click on the link to view/download the THANKFUL writing prompt-word craftivity.
Finally, build students' self-esteem by making a Thankful Class book.
Print the color or black & white cover and run off the boy and girl writing prompts and Pilgrim hats.
Write each child's name on a hat and toss them in a container. Students choose a name and write why they are thankful for that friend.
Encourage children to use at least 3 adjectives and 2 verbs in their writing. When everyone is done, have students share their page.
Collect, collate and laminate the pages and keep in your classroom library. I've also included a thankful note from the teacher. Print, fill in your students' names and sign.
Click on the link to view/download the Thankful Class book. Thanks for visiting today. I design and blog daily, so I hope you can stop back tomorrow for the newest FREEBIES. Feel free to PIN anything from my site.
"Spending time with children is far more important than spending money on them." -Anthony Williams