Fun Turkey Activities - freebies included!

One of my FAVORITE books to read during this time of year is A Turkey for Thanksgiving. It's so cute! Well, the last page lends itself REALLY well to talking about prepositions. So, I usually take the time after this book to make a quick anchor chart to demonstrate the importance of using the correct prepositions.

I realize my anchor chart is a little less than amazing, but it gets the job done, right!? haha

I taught them how to draw the turkey and then gave them an example of what they could write in their books.

Some of their ideas were SO creative!

After I checked their sentences, I had them go through and highlight their preposition they used. 

I was pretty impressed that they were using their Spelling Journal all on their own to look for words to spell. I seriously love these things. 

You can download the Turkey Preposition book HERE for free!

Another writing we did during our turkey theme was our Class Book for "If I Was a Turkey." I just love seeing their creativity!

And one of my favorite math activities we do is our Turkey Math!

I've done this with grades 1-3, and the skills on the feathers and the numbers on the turkey change each year, depending on the grade and where we are in math at that point... 
This year we are working on TEEN numbers and we did
Word form
base ten blocks
addition sentence (from the base ten blocks)
ten frames (I have a cool little ten frame stamp)

Since the skills change each year, I hand write what I want them to do on the feathers each year, instead of copying them off.  Again, it's not the most amazing display, but it gets the job done and the turkeys always come out SO cute!

You can see the other versions I've done 

Here is another 1st grade version....

this is a 2nd grade version....

And of COURSE we did our Monthly Family Projects this month.. I just LOVE the Camo turkey!!

Next week, we have 2 days of school. We'll be doing our Turkey Trot within our Pod (I'll be back to show you more of that!) and we'll also be making our Turkey casserole bags. 

Head over to THIS post to check it out and download it for free!


Pumpkin Week!

Our Pumpkin week was placed at a weird time... because of the way Halloween fell, we had to do Pumpkin week as the last week of October and the first week of November. Whatever. Pumpkins are good for November too.  We just roll with the punches, right?

So, we actually did our Pumpkin Day on Monday

We made our Pumpkin Books so we could use them Monday. Usually, we work through them all week and then end with the Pumpkin day, but we did the opposite this year.

We had 5 stations going on....I am so thankful for the 3 volunteers that came that day to help out!

We did some weighing and measuring the height ...

Pumpkin Stem.... that was fun, but we needed A LOT of the candied pumpkins.

and we did a Roll-a-Pumpkin

They turned out SO cute!! 

I got this idea from my teammate, who also happens to be my daughter's teacher. Of course, she's FABULOUS.

She said I could put it all in a file and share with you. You'll love it - it's so fun!

Click HERE to download the Pumpkin Day activities!

We ended our day with the Orange Day Snacks (or pumpkin day snacks!)

In the crockpot, there's some seriously good Pumpkin Bread cooking. Here's a good recipe I found for it.

We also did the cute Spookley craft from First Grade Blue Skies...I made the writing paper to go along with the reading response. 

and THEN, we did this SUPER cute idea from Finally in First.  We made our own Spookley Pumpkin Patch. They turned out SO cute!! I did a quick review of the different 2D shapes and showed them how to draw them, freehand.  I gave them a few different options for colors and they freehand drew the shapes. I gave them some green to make their stem and white to make their eyes. I am just so in love with them!!

I created a writing paper for them to write about their pumpkins, describing it - the color shape, if it was happy or scary, etc. 

Click HERE to get the writing paper.

We also did some fun with Little Boo

Little Boo is so cute! He's one of my favorites. 

The kids did some more with summarizing. 

This paper comes from my November Literacy Center pack

And we got our Family Projects hung up!! (and have actually started getting November ones turned in - I can NOT believe it's November already!)

Next week, we'll be doing a little bit of election and a little bit of Seasons. It's a short week, so we'll see how much we get accomplished! Happy weekend!

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