Wednesday, November 30, 2011


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We did a lot of things the week before Turkey Day that I did not post. So I'm playing catch up! We did crossword puzzles, we played Bingo, we read lots of books on the Mayflower, Pilgrims and Indians. And we wrote all about it.
We made Squanto and Samoset and "became" an Indian boy or girl and wrote about their lives
during the time of the Mayflower and the First Thanksgiving...
When you open the Indian' "buffalo skin coat" here is what one student wrote...

LINK HERE  for a cute Turkey Crossword Puzzle.
Another crossword puzzle is HERE at Sunday School Kids.

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
~Author Unknown
We never had time to do these cute pilgrims and Indians...we made some others...instead... 

Here at Phillyfun4kids  is a cute craft for kids using paper towel and toilet paper rolls.  A utube for directions on the roll "village people" is
We also made these cute turkeys out of butcher paper loops...

And we wrote about what we are Thankful For....lots of kids were thankful for Turkey Dinners! 

Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie
I'm glad I'm not a turkey, a turkey, a turkey
I'm glad I'm not a turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
They'll cook you and baste you
And then they'll all taste you!
I'm glad I'm not a turkey on Thanksgiving Day!

Darling turkeys (in disguise) made by some of my 3rd grade former students.....

Can you tell these are Pirate turkeys?  So CUTE! They are in disguise so they won't be EATEN! 

Albuquerque, he's my turkey- Anonymous
(Sung to the tune of 'Clementine')

Albuquerque he's my turkey
Oh he's feathered and he's fine
He wobbles and he gobbles
And I'm awfully glad he's mine.
He's the best pet
You could ever get.

Better than a dog or cat.
Albuquerque he's my turkey
And I'm awfully glad of that.
Albuquerque he's my turkey
He's so cozy in his bed
Because for Thanksgiving dinner
We had scrambled eggs instead.

HERE at Family Fun.  is the link to make this cute pilgrim.  It is made with toilet paper rolls too.

We had fun playing Thanksgiving Bingo with our class after we had written down things we were Thankful for.  I hope everyone had a fun time on their family's Turkey Day.  Soon I'll some journal entries we did Today called our Thanksgiving Weekend News. In the meantime, we did a weekly graph asking this question; What is your VERY FAVORITE Thanksgiving Food.  Guess which one was the winner?
I'll post the pictures of our graph and the answer tomorrow.

HERE is a cute BINGO  game from Family Fun that is FREE and downloadable.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Fall ACROSTIC Poetry and Scarecrows

Fall Books We have Read This Fall! :

Fall is Here by Pamela Jane

When Autumn Comes by Robert Maas

It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall

The Little Scarecrow Boy

by Margaret Wise Brown

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

Nuts to You! By Lois Ehlert

A Season for All Trees by Robin Bernard

Apple and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Barn Dance by Bill Martin Jr.

We did this door knocker as a fast finisher....

I like to take a few days and talk and write about the seasons....just before they are going to change... So last week we made these GINORMOUS Scarecrows! And we did some AUTUMN Acrostic Poems. This week we are just about seeing the end of fall and the beginning of the winter season.
Poem on the back of our scarecrow art....

 Here are some books, and poems that I share with my class.  And we sing a few of the songs too.
We read lots of books about fall....


 Here are my students getting into their scarecrows! 

We made 3 foot tall scarecrows!  

Giant Scarecrows were lots of fun....

We put extra rafia on the back of the arms and legs of our Scarecrows

"Five Black Crows"
("Five Green and Speckled Frogs" tune)

Five crows all shiny black,
Sat on a scarecrow's back
Eating some most delicious corn.
Yum, yum!
Scarecrow winked and shouted, "Boo!"
Scared a crow and away he flew
Now there are four black shiny crows.
Caw, caw!

*Repeat verse until no crows are left.

We wrote some cute Acrostic Poems about Autumn

 And here are a few of our AUTUMN ACROSTIC POEMS. 

Sloppy copy on the copy on the left....
 We always start with a sloppy copy, then they get edited by me, then they rewrite onto some nice paper...then last is color the illustrations. 

It's been a fun FALL! 

Fall Acrostic Poetry...

Scarecrow, Scarecrow 

("Twinkle,Twinkle, Little Star" tune)

Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground.
Stand up tall and blink your eyes.
Raise your hands up to the sky.
Clap your hands, then tap your knees.
Turn around and tap your feet.

Scarecrow, scarecrow touch your toes.
Scarecrow, scarecrow tap your nose.
Swing your arms so very slow,
Now real fast to scare the crows!
Tough your head, jump up and down.
Now sit down without a sound.

It is hard for me to see my favorite season go by the wayside. I love FALL so much. And I am not ever ready for a Utah winter. But alas, the seasons change. So I guess I will welcome winter anyway!  And I'll look forward to skiing on my new skis!  Woo Hoo!  


Friday, November 25, 2011

Native Americans

Last week just before the Thanksgiving Break we finished our Native Americans. We had studied about the Woampanoag Indians and Squanto and Samoset, who helped the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower assimilate into the New World.

2nd Graders wrote about Squanto and the Woampanog Indians
Writing about Fall
All about Fall
Native American Art Project 
We learned about what the Indian men and women wore, and what their homes were like, and what kind of work each did. Then we learned about the pilgrim children's chores and the indian children's chores and how different they were.

We love many things about Fall! 
Lots of kids loved Thanksgiving and the other Fall Holiday. 
They wrote as if they were a Native American Boy or Girl, Man or Woman.....

They decorated their "Buffalo Skins" 
We added feathers and a headdress to the Indian designs....made from cardstock mosaic pieces....
We decided we probably didn't want to be a pilgrim OR an indian child. They worked too hard!!!

They turned out neat....

I made some indian type designs on the board and they used those to make their "leather" outfits. The students were pretty proud of how they turned out....

And I think they learned a lot! 

Here are our Native American people. We wrote little introductions telling about ourselves as if we were living as an Indian during the time of the First Thanksgiving.

What do you think? 
Native American Bulletin Board....and Fall Writing....
Maybe they needed some arms and legs?  hmmmm? 
Squanto...he helped and lived with the Pilgrims for many years....
Have you ever seen a green eyed Indian....well here is one! 
Native Americans and Pilgrims....and the First Thanksgiving...
We also read Pilgrim Play about Squanto and some Weekly Readers and Scholastic News stories about the First Thanksgiving.  Now we are winding down November and looking forward to December! I can't believe how this year has flown by already!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Turkey Craft and Thanksgiving Writing

Our Thanksgiving Turkey Craft  and Thanksgiving bulletin boards.....

The kids brainstormed things they were thankful for...

Then we did sloppy copies....

Then I edited them for spelling and punctuation....

Then we made this CUTE Thanksgiving Turkey Craft
We made EASY turkey feathers from strips of butcher paper in 9 colors..
And then we wrote them on cute "Let's Give Thanks" paper...

I added a sparkly sticker to them...

We are thankful for lots of things...

pets, teachers, family, video games...home, school...

Giving Thanks Bulletin Board....Happy Thanksgiving! 


Lots were thankful for turkey dinner...snicker....

My friend Jan's bulletin of the most colorful and cute I've ever seen! 

Thanks to Ty's mom for putting up our Thanksgiving bulletin board....she did a great job! 

Thanksgiving Bulletin cute! 
Well, it will be very nice to spend a few days off with my family and my kids and grandkids. Happy Thanksgiving BREAK! I'll be busy making pies and homemade rolls. Check out my Thanksgiving recipes at my other blog Weekday Chef! In the meantime, enjoy those Take Home Reading Backpacks!

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