Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Pilgrims and Indians

This week we read a few reader's theaters on the Pilgrims and Squanto and the Indians. Here are a few puppets HERE I found to make to go along with the readings. We also usually do a few Scholastic News' on the subject of the Pilgrims and Mayflower too.
These Social Studies books will show kids of today how much more we should appreciate what we have in our lives and how much easier they have it than the Sarah Morton's of the time of the Pilgrims.

Great Social Studies BOOKS on Pilgrims
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters
Samuel Eaton's Day:  A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters
Story of the First Thanksgiving, The by Elaine Raphael
Story of Thanksgiving, The by Nancy Skarmeas
First Thanksgiving, The by Linda Hayward
Thanksgiving Is… by Louise Borden (This is a good one for a writing project)
First Thanksgiving, The by Garnet Jackson
If You Sailed on the Mayflower by Ann McGovern
Story of the Pilgrims, The
 by Katharine Ross
Thanksgiving Day by  Gail Gibbons

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Make up these finger puppets (BELOW) for the kids to color, cut out, and then sing this tune while they move them around and dance to the music. 

By the way, LOOK what I found at the Dollar Store!  Dancing SOLAR Pilgrims and a Turkey! Super Cute! They are solar powered so they dance to the light of a lamp. The kids loved them. 
Solar Turkeys I found at Dollar Tree....SO I put them on my kiddie table. 
The nearby lamp had them dancing the whole dinner through. We laughed and laughed at them! 
My grandkids loved them too. I'll have to show them to my 2nd graders too! 

Oh Dear Pilgrims (Oh Susannah Tune)
Oh they left their homes in England and prepared to take a trip.
And they climbed aboard the Mayflower and sailed upon that ship.
The year was 1620 on a cold November Day
By the shores of Massachusetts they arrived in Plymouth Bay.

Oh Dear Pilgrims
Did seek to worship free
So you came here to America for Opportunity!

The first year was the hardest, but your neighbors all helped out
They met Native Americans with Squanto as their scout.
They helped the Pilgrims plant their crops, of pumpkins beans and corn.

They all shared in a harvest feast and Thanksgiving Day was born. 

You could also do the Turkey Trot. (Hokey Pokey with different words) 

Turkey Trot(Tune:  Hokey Pokey)
You put your right wing in.
You put your right wing out.
You put your right wing in,
and you shake it all about.
You do the turkey trot
and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
Additional verses:
Left wing,
Stuffing (Stomach)
Wattle (Head)
Tail Feathers (Bottom)
Turkey Body

A fun choral reading about what kinds of foods they ate on Thanksgiving is HERE at Scripts for Schools. Another activity I did last year was making Indian girls and boys and writing about what their day was like. Check them out. Another puppet idea I found with BOTH pilgrims AND Indian boys and girls was Here at Making Learning Fun. 
Native American children and how they worked and played....we did these last year. This year we ran out of time since we only have a day and a half this week before our Thanksgiving 3 day break. Woo Hoo! 
We decorated them with fringe on the paper and symbols and chevrons and lots of dots and triangles to make them look like Indian pictograms. 

Scholastic has a few good lesson plans for K-2 and a printable compare and contrast HERE. Just scroll down to the bottom for Thanksgiving Then and Thanksgiving Now sheet. We did this just as a whole class brainstorm. Another one to use for individual students is this flip book HERE from Lakeshore Learning. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Activities and Multiplication Turkey Feather Arrays

Well this week is Thanksgiving. I like to have the kids do a cute turkey art project and write about what they are thankful for....usually.

Multiplication Array activities using art turkeys. 

 So as we are just learning the beginnings of multiplication, I decided to use the rainbow turkey feathers (rectangles of colored butcher paper off the rolls) to do multiplication "ARRAYS".
Artistic turkeys and ways to use the feathers for more than just some colorful art! 
Stuffed Turkeys with multiplication "array" feathers.
So I cut out 16 inch strips of 6 colors of the rainbow in butcher paper. We had red, orange, yellow, green blue, purple, pink.  The kids had to draw columns and rows and make a rectangle, like I did on the doc camera. Then they had to count the resulting squares and come up with the 2 factors for their arrays.
The Thanksgiving Cupcakes for a party we hosted at school. I made Scarecrow Cupcakes and Turkey Cupcakes and topped them with some candies and paper toothpick toppers. They were so cute! 
 Turkey and Scarecrow Cupcakes. More TURKEYS! Yay!
These turkey cupcakes were easy to make. They were pretty tasty too for our Teacher Holiday party last Friday. If you want to see more check out my cooking blog called Weekday Chef.

Here were some more turkeys another 2nd grade teacher made for our party. These are cute too with white chocolate chip eyes.
Here are some of my class Making their Multiplication arrays on our turkey's rainbow colored feathers! 
We started with pretty easy arrays, 3 x 3 and 4 x 1.

Then the kids just did their own multiplication arrays  after we did 3 together......some they did were simple, some were more advanced. (Differentiation at work!)
The kiddos got pretty good about coming up with the factors and products on their arrays using our turkey feathers.
 Then after we were done making 6 arrays on rainbow colors, we rolled them into a raindrop shapes with the arrays inside, then glued them to the back of our brown stuffedturkeys and added the things we were thankful for on the top of the feathers.
 Cute Thanksgiving turkeys with "reasons why we are thankful" written on tops and multiplication arrays inside the colorful loops!

Then we glued the feathers onto a stuffed (with newspaper strips)8 inch brown circle of butcher paper which was the turkey body.Then we colored turkeys and glued them onto the brown bodies. They turned out darling! They made such a colorful bulletin board too. And the kids had an easy time gluing on the feathers.
You can barely see the arrays on the insides of the colorful feather "loops". Then on the outside we wrote 1 thing we were thankful for on each feather. 

Then we glued the "stuffed" brown butcher paper circle bodies to these colorful turkeys we did for art and saved them. Here is a particularly artistic one. I loved it! 
Then we wrote some Turkey Acrostic Poems to go with our artistic multiplication turkeys.....
 Then we did an acrostic poem with the topic of Turkey. They had to come up with anything that reminded them of Thanksgiving Day. We had a big brainstorm on the board of all of the ideas the kids had for first words to make up T-U-R-K-E-Y poems.
After we brainstormed beginning words for our Thanksgiving Time Poems....
I was pretty impressed with words like TRADITION, RELATIVES AND EXTENDED FAMILY. Yup! These kiddos are very creative writers!

Turkey Day Acrostic Poems......
Kids are all doing multiplication arrays on the "turkey feather" papers for our Art Turkeys. 
I think they love this little Thanksgiving Turkey Art project. What do you think? 

We turned the arrays to the inside of the loops  and on the outside wrote one thing we were thankful for on each feather. (so original...I know!)

We made little pinecone turkey placecards last year when I had a small class. If you want the tutorial it is HERE. They sure are a cute craft too! This year I didn't get very many pinecones dropping off my tree. Maybe I'll just have to make them with the 3 granddaughters age 3 to 7.

  This is a fun song to sing on TURKEY MAKING DAY!  

Albuquerque, He's My Turkey!    
(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.

I thought later how fun it would have been to "become" the turkey and write a persuasive essay on why you should NOT be eaten for Thanksgiving.  For Read Alouds We read funny books like
And....A Turkey for Thanksgiving. Then we will do the Hokey Pokey (Turkey Pokey) for P.E. How do you think they will like THAT? hehe....

TURKEY TROT (Tune:  Hokey Pokey) Great for P.E. Thanksgiving Week! 
You put your right wing in.
You put your right wing out.
You put your right wing in,
and you shake it all about.
You do the turkey trot
and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
Additional verses:
Left wing,
Stuffing (Stomach)
Waddle (Head)
Tail Feathers (Bottom)
Turkey Body

MATH.....HERE is a Turkey Roll and Cover Multiplication Game from Fourth and Ten at TPT that's a freebie. Another one that was addition using 2 or 3 dice was Gobble Bump HERE at TPT.   We also played a Turkey Trivia SCOOT game which was HERE. I learned a lot and so did the kiddos! 

Another funny Turkey book that all the kids kind of sing along to is 10 FAT TURKEYS by Tony Johnston. 

"Ten Fat Turkeys are we....we spent all night in a tree....when cook came along, we couldn't be found, and that's all there is you see! I love that silly song.

At PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES 2 weeks ago I had the parents write up a little letter on a turkey feather saying why they are THANKFUL for their little 2nd graders. The kids LOVED reading them and I found them in the hallways looking at them on the way to recess and lunch every day.  Everybody loves a love letter! 

I found some cute Stationery HERE we might use for an activity if we don't run out of time! 
Finished Thanksgiving Bulletin Board....Turkey Acrostic Poems and Thanksgiving Turkey Art.  

MATH A Great game I put out for math stations was this one. It's a Roll and Cover with turkeys and it goes up to 18 so my kids can use 3 dice. You have to Like Faith Wheeler's FB page to get it but she has so many cute things it's a great place HERE. 
We chose our favorite Turkey Day food for our Weekly Graph today. What is YOUR favorite Thanksgiving Food?
The top winner in our class was.....Pumpkin Pie! I bet you are just floored by that!  Well....My favorites on Turkey Day are....wait for it.....


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Weather, Clouds and Water Cycle Activities for Kids

We are about done with our Weather Unit this week. Here are some of our fun activities we did....
A song we sang about Clouds to the tune of "Itsy Bitsy Spider". 
We made Cloud Flip Books. We wrote facts underneath each type of cloud picture. Then we added the cotton balls underneath the flaps and then wrote about each cloud type.
 Here are the cotton ball clouds and the definitions of each type.
 Cloud flip books...they turn out really neat.

This poem I typed up and we put one on the back of our Cloud Flap Books. I always do poems on the back of art for shared reading and we try to sing them to a familiar tune like ABC song, Jimmy Crack Corn or Row Row Row you Boat. 
. Check out the Scholastic News website for great info and pictures on Clouds. I order the Scholastic News every year. A lot of times I save the science ones to use with my units.
Poster I leave up on the board during our Cloud activities. 
We read this Cloud Choral Reading and these 2 books on Clouds and the Cloud Poem too! 
The Weekly Reader/Scholastic News have a product called Science Spin. I order that every year for an extra dollar or so  per student. I use them because I have no science textbooks. I also order a lot of science reading literature and always keep it at the SCIENCE CENTER. It is the most populated center every day. 

The Cloud Book By dePaola, Tomie

Cloudette By Lichtenheld, Tom 

I've accumulated quite an array of weather books over my 20  years of teaching. Here are a few.
Some of the Weather Books and Scholatic News on weather we read this week.....
Another thing I usually do is have the kids make a wind pinwheel as part of learning about tornadoes and hurricanes. It is just made with a square, and we curl up each triangle and pin it to the top of a pencil eraser. Then we go outside on a windy day and watch our creations twirl. This one had some cute stars and swirls on it.
The next day we did some Water Cycle Activities. We Read a Weekly Reader on the Water Cycle that had a cool diagram.
We made these Water Cycle Wheels too...I like the vocabulary listed ...we test on two of these words; evaporation and precipitation on our weekly vocab quiz. A Cloud and Weather Vocabulary word sort can be found HERE  free at TPT.

I loved this water cycle activity pack that I found FREE from TPT. Check it out HERE. It was easy for my kiddos. The water cycle wheel I got from another teacher I believe she got it from a book.

Pinwheels are a fun way to start the day learning about wind and all the types of windy weather and the damage it can do.

Some free weather stationery is HERE. And HERE is a printable of all types of weather in a cute blackline from Scholastic that you could use to make your own magnet matching game like mine below. You do have to subscribe to Scholastic and pay a small fee to get these though. I bought my game below from a teacher supply store.
This was a  WEATHER center game. I had added velcro to the back and they used the carpeted wall to match the word to the weather picture. I left all the weather books at the Science Center along with this game. 

I have an auto harp I play and the kids love singing songs to the music. HERE was a water cycle song we sang to the tune of "IT'S RAINING IT'S POURING".  I also have  about 2 dozen types of instruments and some drums and xylophones so we never lose interest in singing to science texts. Check out my store above to see some great deals on musical instruments. I especially love the blue boxed xylophone. It was only $20.00 and I bought 3 for my classroom. The kids love to get them out when we sing and 2 kids will pay them to keep the rhythm with bells. Here is a pack of freebies from TPT Check it out!
The Water Cycle poster I keep up while we are doing our water cycle wheels and singing our songs.

Here is another Water Cycle Song:
Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Here we go round the water cycle, water cycle, water cycle.
Here we go round the water cycle, each and every day.
The ocean water evaporates, evaporates, evaporates,
The ocean water evaporates and makes tiny drops.
The clouds condense to make a raincloud, make a raincloud, make a raincloud,
The clouds condense to make a raincloud, and some feel really heavy!
The heavy drops precipitate, precipitate, precipitate,
The heavy drops precipitate, to make water accumulate. (puddles, lakes, rivers, and underground wells)
Then it's time to start again, start again, start again,
Then it's time to start again, the never ending Water Cycle!

We make a rotating water cycle wheel on a brad, coloring it and cutting it out. On the back we have a Water cycle poem or one of these songs I've typed up.
 We read lots of books on the results of Wicked Weather. And the Phillipines Typhoon came right along when we were discussing weather damage.
 This is a Tornado Tube. I put 2 empty 2 liter bottles together with one of them filled with water. The kids loved coming up and twirling it around till it made a tornado. You can get the Tornado Tube from Steve Spangler Science. I think it is about $3.00 plus shipping.

 We made a puzzle with the 3 types of violent weather types (lightening, tornadoes and hurricanes) and glued them down after discussing safety during each one.
I had the kids put together a page of  3 cool puzzles; tornadoes, hurricanes and lightening. This is what it looks like before .

The last thing we did was making a thermometer with paper.Check it out HERE. We talked about hot and cold, cool and freezing weather and what temperature each would be. Then I showed them lots of coats, sweaters, bathing suits etc. and asked what temperature each would be.

We made thermometers and learned what temperature spring, summer, winter and fall weather would be....

A few more worksheets are at Superteacher Worksheets.. Then we did some temperature worksheets like these Here at We had a great time learning about WEATHER!

A weather crossword I use in my weather unit is HERE at Some years I have them also do a WEATHER ACROSTIC POEM or we write a story after reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
A cool reader's theater script I found on the story of the water cycle can be printed free HERE at Grandview Library. It is from Enchanted Learning. It's cute and would make the kids use their imagination. These are some cool Youtubes I found that the kids like. I have a hard time choosing between them but I usually show one or two during the 2 week unit.
Weather videos from Youtube great for learning Water Cycle. 
Water Cycle Youtube with some fun singing.
Another cute song....on CLOUDS! In the book CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS there were lots of bad weather where food rained all over the city. If we have time we will use our short week next week to write funny stories about our favorite foods raining on our city in Sandy or Draper, Utah. That will be pretty interesting to read about!
Some Weekly Readers and Language Arts writing we did....
We used THIS STORY WEB to begin with problem, solution, setting and characters. A fun website that has lots of fun online graphics and activities is at Webweather's site.  
water vapor 
cirrus cloud
 stratus cloud
nimbus rain cloud
 cumulus cloud
 violent weather
Here were some of the WEATHER vocabulary words we studied for the week and added to our science pocket chart too. Weather is one of my favorite units to teach. The kids all love learning about it.

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