Raise your hand if you’re still teaching this week!! (Ooh, pick me! Pick me!)
Yep…While some teachers and students are already basking in the glow of Thanksgiving Break and cozy family time, many teachers and kiddos still have school this week, at least for a couple days.
And if you’re anything like me, your main goal this week is to keep your students busy, engaged, and happy as we count down the hours till the glorious break.
Here’s a peek at what I plan pack in with my classes for the next two days, plus a few freebie gems that I spotted in today’s TpT Newsletter. Click on each picture for links to the products!
First up, my first grade Book Club is enjoying one of my all time fave children’s classics, “The Important Book.” After a read aloud, this writing extension is intended to be compiled into a class book as students reflect on what’s TRULY important about Thanksgiving. This FREEBIE is freshly updated with new fonts and clip art, so make sure to download!
Since one of my Book Clubs has already completed this activity, they’re doing a variation of “Find it in a Book” from my Gobbletastic Thanksgiving Literacy Centers. They’re using Thanksgiving and fall themed books to search for -ing verbs and adjectives, then use each in a sentence.
My third grade math enrichment groups are finishing up their symmetrical, geometric turkeys this week. All you need for this activity are some shape templates, rulers, and compasses. Students create their turkeys out of construction paper. For more mathematical art activities like this, I’d HIGHLY suggest the book: Mathematical Art-o-Facts. It’s one of my usual go-tos for second grade and up.
My second grade math enrichment groups are finishing up their Thanksgiving Brain Teasers from Games for Learning. I put 3 teaser cards on each table, and they rotate with partners to try to solve them all. These are WONDERFUL because they not only keep the students engaged and thinking critically, they take at least an hour for students to solve all twelve cards. It’s a great way to pass the time in a more meaningful way.
And y’all KNOW that of course, we are squeezing in all the STEM we can this week.
A Cook-o-Bot, Homeless Helper, Caring Car, and Cat-o-Tac (helps cats, doesn’t harm them!) are just a few of my second graders’ original inventions! 👷🏻♀️👷🏾♂️👨🏾🔬👩🏽🔬
This STEM challenge is a WONDERFUL way to stretch their creative thinking and discuss “small problems” and “big problems” that we can fix in our world! It also pairs beautifully with the book What Do You Do With an Idea? (August Storybook STEM) ... See MoreSee Less
The only thing that brings me as much joy as spending my days with kids is spending my days with incredible teachers like these.💗Such an amazing weekend at Teach Your Heart Out Miami sharing my passion for STEM and Makerspaces, meeting sweet teachers, and getting inspired by rockstar presenters. Can’t wait to do it all over again on our Bahamas cruise!! 🚢😎❤️ . ... See MoreSee Less