Sunday, November 20, 2011

Turkey Time & Pilgrims-Ready for Thanksgiving!

After spending a week learning about the Native Americans we went on to our learning of Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving and we are finishing up with Turkeys…GOBBLE GOBBLE!! Our centers this week were Turkey Trot Sorting Nouns and Verbs. Turkey Ten Frame Race using 2 ten frames and two sided counters to create a number sentence to race to 20. Turkey Number Order-using numbers to 75 and putting them in order from least to greatest. Pilgrim Fact Families-creating 2 addition sentences and 2 subtraction sentences using 3 numbers that belong in the Pilgrim “Fact” Family. Turkey Sentence Scramble-creating complete sentences by unscrambling the cards and then adding their own punctuation marks and capital letters. Graphing Turkeys-creating a bar graph then answering questions about the graph and adding sets of turkeys. Turkey Telling and Asking Sentences-reading sentences and writing them with capital letters and adding a period or question mark. Turkey Turn Down-rolling a number cube and using numbers 0-6 turning over 2 numbers that can add up to the sum of the number rolled on the cube and turning over the turkeys with those numbers. Students race against each other to see who can get their turkeys turned over first!

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We took a ride on the Mayflower after sequencing the events of the Pilgrims voyage we made these Mayflowers with the pictures and story events.


We read several stories about the life of a pilgrim and compared them to how we celebrate Thanksgiving today. We also did a Venn Diagram of past and present Thanksgiving events. This cute activity was found on-line so I can’t take credit for it!


After doing our compare/contrast activity we made our Pilgrims and wrote about what Pilgrim kids had/did and what we have/do today. I loved the way their art projects turned out. I found the writing idea from Cara at The First Grade Parade to add to our art project and class discussion on past and present Thanksgivings. I loved their ideas! TOO CUTE!

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We finished up the week with a study on Turkeys. We did a HUGE KWL on our promethean and brainstormed what we Know about turkeys, what we Want to know about turkeys, and finished up with what we LEARNED about turkeys. We used a fantastic book by Jim Arnosky called All About Turkeys and made our Tell Me About Turkeys facts book that went perfectly with it.

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For the past 2 weeks the students have been working VERY hard on earning feathers for their Native American headbands. They earned feathers for following our Maize Way Character Traits, doing good deeds, having neat work, and working quietly, etc…After 2 weeks we have a winner of the most feathers and our new “chief” is Sophie! Congrats to her and to all of the kids that are using the Maize Way Character Traits!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Our Tribe!


  1. I love your Mayflower!! Where did you get the template and pictures for it?


  2. amazing blog :)

    very interesting lessons and ideas :) love it!!

  3. Thank you ladies! The Mayflower Template and pages have been around forever! I think a friend that I taught with years ago shared it with me. Thank you Nikki! Glad you enjoyed the post!

  4. Do you have a link to your mayflower sequencing pages?

  5. Did you make your Venn diagram chart or buy it somewhere? I haven't seen one like that!

  6. Hello! Can you e-mail me a copy of the student activity called Tell Me about Turkeys. Thanks

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  8. Do you have the sequencing templates? I cannot find them anywhere!