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Monday, November 18, 2013

Thanksgiving Stuff!

Whew…I love this time of year, but it gets so busy I just can't keep my head from spinning!  But, this is the time of year I really start to see my kinders grow academically and I love it!  Plus, there are so many fun learning opportunities that are just that; FUN & LEARNING at the same time.  Here's what we've been up to the past couple of weeks.  All of these activities can be found in either my Happy Thanksgiving Unit, my Turkey Time Literacy pack, or my Turkey Time Math pack plus tons of other great centers not shown.  :)

Ordering numbers to 12...
 I love my centers that integrate math and literacy…boom!
 Sorting word family words...
 Building sight words with letter feathers…FUN!
 I put this on Instagram, but in case you aren't an Instagrammer…this is one of the funnest centers for math…they are so engaged every time we do it….
Set the timer and hit go…stuff your turkey as fast as you can…
Students count and record how much "stuffing" they put in their turkey for Thanksgiving Day

For this game, I made up 10 headbands with feathers that had pictures on the feathers.  I randomly pass them out each day to 10 friends…the students in the group completing the activity walk around the room searching for the feathers that their friends are wearing on their head.  Then, they write the beginning sound.  Now, how fun is that…the whole class is involved!

Beginning Sound Spin & Write

Beginning and Ending Sounds…this was a little tricky for my kids right now, but I definitely could hear them trying...

This is great for common core…each child gets a mini tub of red and yellow counters…Then, they complete their Gobble, Gobble Counting Book making combinations of different numbers on each page.  This is in Turkey Time Math Centers.

We did Deanna Jump's Long Legged Turkey which you can find HERE.
I must say they did really good at sounding out their food word.  :) 

Can't wait for Turkey Day!  So much to be thankful for!  


  1. Please post some info on assessments/grading! As a kg. teacher, I really struggle... is this too easy/hard? What do some of your current assessments look like in both reading and math? Do you have any type of common core checklists to keep track? What do your report cards look like...standard grade (a, b, c, d, f/ ESNU) or checklist type? HELP!!!!!!!!

    1. Hey,
      Can you e-mail me at jlee@albertk12.org?

  2. I was going to post the same question. Would you mind if I emailed you too? Also, could you explain the Gobble Gobble counting book? Maybe share a copy?

    1. Sure, e-mail me! jlee@albertk12.org The Gobble Gobble Counting book is in my Turkey Time Math Centers Pack. :)

    2. Hi Julie! I emailed you about a week ago. Did you get it? Let me know so I can try again if I need to! Thanks!

  3. Julie, I teach in Lower Alabama, but I am very curious to see what assessing looks like in other counties. Could you please add me to your email list? Thanks so much!
    Dina (dnhabc123@comcast.net)

  4. All of these activities are great! I think I like the stuff your turkey activity the best. I am sure the kids go crazy for that one. Every kid loves a good race.

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