Friday, December 2, 2016

10 Practical Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving has flown past us and before we know it, Christmas will be here! Even though this is a glorious time of year, it can be accompanies by elevated levels of stress. There's commitments at school and commitments at home. It can all add up!

Between the colder weather, school breaks, and the anticipated visits from the man in red...your students are excited and chances are you might see that come out in the classroom. Good news! The holiday season doesn't have to equal extra stress, if you're prepared!


Here are 10 practical tips for surviving the holiday season in the elementary classroom. Make sure to check them all out so you're prepared all of December! These tips will work for preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers, as well as middle school and high school teachers! Make sure to check out all 10 ideas, and then leave yours in the comment section too!

Here are 10 practical tips for surviving the holiday season with minimal stress. It's all about working smarter, not harder!


1. Stay Focused

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it's so easy to get caught up in the madness. One of the easiest ways to survive the chaos is to stay focused. I know it's easier said than done, but stay in the moment! Don't worry about things you can't do anything about at that moment. 

For instance, don't fret about holiday baking or gift shopping while you're in the classroom. There is nothing you can do about it while teaching, so let it go.

Continue your day to day routines and list any schedule changes visually so you don't forget. Set a reminder on your phone! When schedule changes arise, explain calmly right before an event is about to happen. 


2. Make Lists

Keep yourself organized by writing things down or making lists. Sticky notes are your friend. Trust me! Write yourself a note and then put it where you can see it. Set an alarm on your phone if you need to. Don't rely on your memory during this time of year. (Or any time if you're like me and find yourself forgetting things as you get older!) Make lists so you can prioritize and make the most of surviving the holiday season.


Here are 10 practical tips for surviving the holiday season in the elementary classroom. Make sure to check them all out so you're prepared all of December! These tips will work for preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers, as well as middle school and high school teachers! Make sure to check out all 10 ideas, and then leave yours in the comment section too!


3. Take Care of Yourself

So often we get busy with class projects, prepping materials, or socializing that we forget (or don't take the time) to eat. Being hungry makes it harder to concentrate and work effectively. It can make us cranky...and nobody likes a cranky teacher! Drink plenty of water and keep healthy snacks on hand that you can munch on when you feel hunger setting in. (This goes for all year long too!)


4. Be Firm

Be firm in your behavior expectations. Even though this is an exciting time of year, don't lower your expectations or change the way your classroom is run. 
  • Review classroom procedures. 
  • Practice following procedures the correct way and continue this throughout the season.
  • Be prepared to do this again when students return from winter break.
  • Look for students making positive choices and compliment them for their correct choices, thus setting an example for others. 

5. Be Over Prepared

This time of year can make for unpredictable schedules. Some projects will take less time than anticipated or scheduled events may be cancelled or cut short. Make sure you are over prepared so your kiddos are always on task and have something to do. It's a good idea to have some fun and engaging no prep activities that you can pull out at a moment's notice. You can always use what you didn't get to another day!

Here are 10 practical tips for surviving the holiday season in the elementary classroom. Make sure to check them all out so you're prepared all of December! These tips will work for preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers, as well as middle school and high school teachers! Make sure to check out all 10 ideas, and then leave yours in the comment section too!

6. Schedule High-Interest Projects and Activities

The last week before Christmas break have students work on activities or projects that are fun and will encourage them to stay on task. This is a great week to incorporate extra fun activities or partner games in your center rotations, create writing craftivities, have book talks, or do seasonal science experiments. You can even throw in a cookie decorating time or make Christmas trees out of ice cream cones.

7. Be You

Don't compare yourself to the over decorated classroom across the hallway. Don't wear yourself out stressing about what decorations you did or didn't get put up this year. It's ok, I promise! Your students will not remember the decorated classroom. They will remember the fun activities and the time spent with you! Your students love you for the awesome person you are, lights or no lights!

8. Get Parents Involved

You don't have to do everything yourself. If your school allows, ask parents to help with small projects. They can help with prepping materials or adding an extra set of hands during the project or activity. You can also invite them to come in and read a story to your class.

Don't just think about what parents can do in your classroom. Some parents are more than willing to help out, but they can't get to school during the hours you need. You can ask these parents to prep materials at home or to buy supplies for some of the classroom activities you'll be doing. Many parents realize teachers spend quite a bit of money out of their own pocket, and they're often happy to help you out!

9. Keep the Last Day Low Key

There's no need to have huge projects planned for the last day before break. Read a book, play a game, or do other activities that are low key and low stress. Kids LOVE when you get involved! Instead of watching movie after movie on the last day, get down and play board games, find easy Minute to Win It games on Pinterest, put puzzles together, color together, or simply let them choose! GoNoodle.com is a great resource for FUN, education related games!

10. Clean Up and Prepare

Before you leave for winter break, take down all of the holiday decorations in your room. Get your calendar ready for January. Plan out your first week back, prep any materials, and make copies. Nothing is worse (or more stressful!) than standing in the copy machine line on your first day back from break. I guarantee you will enjoy your break much more if you know your classroom is ready to go in January!

The holiday season is NOT meant to be stressful! It's a time to give thanks, relax, and enjoy family and friends (your school family included!!). Follow your procedures, stay focused, be yourself, keep it low key, and enjoy this magical time of year!


Here are 10 practical tips for surviving the holiday season in the elementary classroom. Make sure to check them all out so you're prepared all of December! These tips will work for preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers, as well as middle school and high school teachers! Make sure to check out all 10 ideas, and then leave yours in the comment section too!

They say the older you get, the fast time flies. I am now old enough to know just how true this statement is! I remember being young and thinking Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas would never come. There was at least a year in between each holiday. Now that I'm older...I feel like they are just a day or two apart! That's why I hope these 10 practical tips for surviving the holiday season are helpful to you as time continues to go faster and faster. 


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Kindergarten Thanksgiving Activities: Words, Counting, & Pie in a Cup!

Yesterday I shared some of my favorite Thanksgiving read alouds for Kindergarten. Today I'm going to share my favorite Thanskgiving dessert!

Pumpkin Pie. Mmm mmm mmm! I'm not a pie kind of girl, but I make an exception for pumpkin pie! I only have it once a year, so I really look forward to it at Thanksgiving. My favorite way to eat pumpkin pie is to warm it and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on it. Oh my goodness, it is so delicious.  Okay, all this talk of pie has got my mouth watering! I can't wait for Thanksgiving dessert. I'd be perfectly okay if we started our meal with dessert. 

The real reason for this post is not to talk about pumpkin pie and make you hungry. I promise! I wanted to share some Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities and my recipe for pumpkin pie in a cup {that part might make you hungry...sorry!!!}.

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

Here's a picture of everything you'll need for these DIY Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities {except a bowl...I forgot to put the bowl in the picture!}. You'll need orange and brown construction paper, white pom-poms (or cotton balls), scissors, a sharpie marker, paper plates, and rubber cement. 

I love rubber cement. I use it any time I have to glue something large. If you don't have any, you really should get a jar and keep it on hand! It's so much easier and faster than using a glue stick and it dries smoother than white glue.

You can use my affiliate link to get some rubber cement for your classroom or homeschool needs by clicking here

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

On 9 x 12 pieces of construction paper I drew large circles on the brown paper and slightly smaller circles on orange paper and cut them out. The orange circle is about an inch or so smaller than the brown circle. I made several of these at a time by stacking the construction paper. It was very quick. As you can see they are not perfect circles, but what pie is? I used the rubber cement to glue the orange circle on top brown circle. 

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

After the glue dried I cut the pie in quarters. For the sight word activity below you could definitely get away with cutting the pies in eighths. Those slices just need to be big enough to write letters on. 

Confession time: I did not laminate these. WHAT? You didn't laminate these? No, I did not. Ugh, I feel like I just said a bad word. As teachers, we laminate EVERYTHING!!! But I wanted them to look like little pieces of pie so I folded the edges of the brown paper up to give it a little crusty touch. They were so quick to make, it wouldn't be a huge deal to make them again. Plus with two pieces of construction paper glued together, they are pretty sturdy.

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

You can use this activity with as many words as your class is working on. You could use sight words or spelling words. To prep, just write each word on a paper plate and then write the same word on the pie slices. One letter per slice. 

Students read the word on the plate, find the letters/pie slices needed to spell the word and put them in order on the plate.

Now you could stop there and just have the kids spell the words.

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

Or you could give students pom poms {or cotton balls} and have them add "whipped cream" to the pie slices. I like adding this option because students have to count how many letters are in the word and it helps to make them more aware of the number of letters in the word.

And what activity wouldn't be complete without a recording sheet? Students record the words that they worked on. 

Click on the image below to download the FREEBIE.
You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

Here's a math version of our Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities...


You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

This activity is prepped the same, but I left the pie slices in quarters so that students can fit more whipped cream on each slice. Also, I didn't mention it above, but I added a spoon to scoop out the whipped cream for a little added fine motor practice. An ice cream scooper would also work too.

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

Add an aluminum pie pan for a more realistic feel...and it looks cute too!

Students pick a pie piece and identify the number. They use the spoon to add that many "scoops" of whipped cream to the slice.

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

Below is a recording sheet for the math activity. The pumpkins are blank so students write in the numbers that they worked on. This allows you can pick the number range that your students work on, numbers to 10, 15, or 20. Whatever range your class is working on. 

Click on the picture below to download the FREEBIE.

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

Here's an easy {and delicious} no bake pumpkin pie recipe. This is so easy that kids can make it themselves. It makes a fun Thanksgiving snack in the classroom or even in your own kitchen at home. 

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!
 Above is a picture of the ingredients you'll need to make pumpkin pie in a cup: graham crackers, pumpkin pie mix, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and some cinnamon sugar for the top. Of course you'll need a cup too! 

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

There's just three simple steps to this recipe: 

1. In a large gallon size Ziploc bag add some graham crackers and crush {make sure the bag is zipped tight!}. You'll need about one graham cracker for every pie. We like to crush the graham crackers into very small pieces or crumbs. You can also buy graham cracker crumbs in the baking aisle. Those would work too. Then pour the graham cracker crumbles in the bottom of the cup. It's up to you if you want a thin or thicker crust.

2. Open the pudding container and add a spoonful of the pumpkin pie mix. For kids, you'll want to put a paper plate underneath. Then gently stir the pumpkin pie mix into the pudding. {You can also make a large batch of pudding from a box and add pumpkin pie filling to that.} Pour the mixture into the cup on top of the graham cracker crust.

3. Add some whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon sugar...and enjoy! 

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

Here's one more pie activity...this one to practice beginning sounds. It is similar to the Halloween one from this post.

This activity is from Tom the Turkey {A Letter Sound Game}. It's an engaging and interactive activity to help students master letter sounds and letter recognition. You can use it as a large group activity, small group activity, or as a quick time filler. It would even be great for a homeschool game.

I charted the poem on large white paper. Do teachers still chart poems or am I old fashion and showing my age? I started teaching before Smart-boards so I guess that's why I still like to chart poems! Hahaha!

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

Students recite the chant while one student picks a letter from the container. Students can take turns coming up to the front of the room or sit in a circle and pass the container around. While the students are reciting the chant they can help by making a stirring motion or pretend that they are adding a "dash" of letters with their hands. The student picks a letter, identifies the letter and makes the sound. Then we all make the sound. This activity can continue for as long as time allows. 

Uppercase and lowercase cards are included. You can use all uppercase, all lowercase, or a mixture of both. I used rubber cement to glue on the pictures. The images are included in the download to help spice up your poem.

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

After laminating the poem, I cut a small slit in the cauldron and put a paperclip on it. This is where we display the letter that we are working on.

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

I added a pie pan for an extra festive touch. You can pick these up from the dollar store. If you don't have a pie pan, any container will do. 

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

If you're not wanting to write out the poem, don't worry! Also included is a typed up copy. This would be great for displaying on a Smart Board, document camera, ect. 

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

Also included in this packet are some follow-up pages. These work great as an easy but engaging small group activity. Or you could even use it as a whole group activity during the days leading up to Thanksgiving break. Just print the page and slide in a page protector. Or supply each student with their own copy.

One person will pick out a card and make the letter sound without showing the card to the other students. The students determine which letter makes that sound. They can use a snap cube to cover the letter or color the pie that makes the sound. 

You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

There's an uppercase version as well. You can have students use this the same way as the lowercase version. Or use this as a letter matching activity. Slide the page in a page protector and have students use magnetic letters to match the lowercase letters.

Click on the picture below to check out this packet in my TpT shop.
You're going to love these Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities! Your students will work on sight words, counting, and even create pumpkin pie in a cup! {Grab your FREE recording sheet!!} While these are great for Kinders, your preschool, 1st, and 2nd grade classroom and homeschool students may enjoy these as well! You can use these fun pumpkin activities for math centers, literacy centers, spelling, & more! Plus make sure to check out the "Tom the Turkey" poem and activities too!

I hope you're stuffed full of pumpkin pie and that you enjoyed these Kindergarten Thanksgiving Activities! For even more Thanksgiving activities and freebies check out this post.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving Read Alouds, DIY Crafts, and Activities for Kindergarten

Today marks the halfway point in November. I can't believe it! We are entering one of the busiest times of the year. There's so much to be done to prepare for the holidays, both at school and at home. Last week I shared some Thanksgiving centers and freebies in this post

But today I'm going to share some activities that will help to make planning a little easier {and quicker} for you. It's easy to add a festive flair to classroom activities without all the planning by using these Thanksgiving Read Alouds, DIY Crafts, and No Prep Activities for Kindergarten!

Let's talk Thanksgiving read alouds, super easy peasy art projects, and then a no prep packet that will make planning fun activities easy as Thanksgiving pie. 

First up, is a collection of my absolute favorite Thanksgiving read alouds.


Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!

You can use my affiliate link to grab any of the Thanksgiving read aloud titles through Amazon.


Last month I shared a DIY fire safety craft that is easy to prep and looks adorable when finished. These DIY projects are my favorite kinds of craft projects because they aren't cookie cutter. Meaning they don't all look the same when they're done. There's no tracers for the kids. Instead you show them by example, which means they have to listen and pay attention!

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!

Aren't these adorable? They are so easy to prep because nothing has to be exact. Just grab your paper cutter and start cutting! Each student gets two pieces of paper for the head and body, 6 pieces of paper for feathers, and small pieces to make the rest of the turkey.

For the head and body I cut brown squares. The head is about a 5" x 5" square and the body is about a 6" x 6" square. Earlier in the year when we practice scissor skills, we also work on rounding corners. So the students round the corners for the head and body. You could give the kids circle tracers if rounding corners is too difficult. 

Each student gets six feathers. They can pick the six different colors that they would like their turkey to have. I don't make the students all use the same colors. I use a paper cutter to cut the strips about 4" long and 1.5" - 2" wide for the feathers. 

They also get small pieces of paper for the eyes, beak, wattle, and feet. I just cut small squares about 2" by 2", there really isn't a correct or exact size. I model how to make eyes by rounding corners.

For the beak we fold the paper in half and make two cuts. The feet can be a rectangle or square. The wattle can be a rectangle or a squiggly type shape - it really is up to them. Which makes every project unique.

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!

And now for the easiest craft you'll find for Thanksgiving! You can use it in a writing center or as a fun activity before Thanksgiving break. {And it's on a single page too, so it's definitely copy budget friendly.}

Students will need a copy of the place mat page, a 9" X 12" piece of construction paper for the place mat and a 4" x 7"ish (nothing needs to be exact) piece of construction paper for the napkin.  Students color the pieces and then draw and label a picture of something that they are thankful for. Afterwards they cut out the pieces and glue them on the large piece of construction paper.

On the top students can write Happy Thanksgiving or another message or leave it blank. Laminate these and they make a super cute take home place mat to use at Thanksgiving. Or use them during your Thanksgiving celebration while you enjoy my pumpkin pie in a cup recipe!

Click on the picture below to download the FREE place mat page.

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!

And finally, here's a packet that will provide your students with loads of fun while practicing the necessary skills. It will save you loads of prep time, because there is none - just print! It contains over 35 pages of skills that are just right for Kindergarteners during the fall months. The pages are great for morning tubs, literacy and math stations, fast finisher activities, and even sub tubs! Students can complete the pages using crayons.

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!
Word Family Practice: Students read the CVC words and use two different color bingo dabbers to sort them by word families. They record the CVC words under the corresponding headings on the right.

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!
Secret Code CVC Words are a fun way to practice CVC words and here's a no prep version! Students identify the beginning sound of each picture and write it on the line to spell a CVC word. They dab the CVC word that matches the one they wrote.

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!
Students say the name of the picture and then dab the circle the to show where you hear the sound in the word: beginning middle or end. 

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!
Students will need four different color bingo dabbers to make their own color code. They use their color code to dab the sight words. Once they are finished, they count up each sight word and at the bottom record how many of each.

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!
Here's a fun way to practice the letter order. Students start at the letter A and dab their way through the alphabet maze to get to the letter Z. You could also slide this page in a page protector and have students complete the maze with snap cubes. There's also some number versions included in the packet as well.

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!
Students dab and then write the two numbers that make five. Those that need additional support can use snap cubes or themed erasers to practice making five.

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!
More making five practice. Students dab the turkeys and record different ways to make five. You can give students a dot cube and have them roll and record the first number and then determine how many more are needed to make five. {Be sure to cover the number six side with a dot sticker and have students use that as zero.}

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!
I love when we can practice two skills are one time! Students identify the number on the ten frame. They dab the number, record it on the line, and count on the record number that is one more.

Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!
Another fun way to practice ten frames. Students need two different color bingo dabbers. They dab the ten frame and the matching number the same color.

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Your Kindergarten classroom and homeschool students are going to love the Thanksgiving read alouds, easy DIY crafts, and no prep activities included at this blog post! You'll see 13 great book ideas, an easy turkey craft project, a FREE Thanksgiving place mat download perfect for Thanksgiving day, and no prep printables that help cover CVC words, beginning - middle - end sounds, alphabet recognition, numbers to five and ten, and more for your math or literacy centers, morning work, & more!

I hope these Thanksgiving Read Alouds, easy DIY crafts, and No Prep ideas make planning just a little bit easier for you. Thanks for reading along!



Friday, November 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Games and Centers for Kindergarten

Well hello there November! You snuck up on me. But I'm glad you're here! October, November, and December are my absolute favorite months in the classroom {and just in general}. For one, students have learned the class rules and expectations also procedures and routines are more second nature. And there's all the Thanksgiving festivites going on! You can read about them in this post and in this post...and pick up some read aloud suggestions, freebies, and DIY ideas while you are there!

If you've stopped by my blog a time or two you'll know that I love all things seasonal. I really enjoy making activities with a seasonal flair. You know what else I love? Walking in to Target to find a freshly stocked dollar section overflowing with seasonal goodies. That happened to me this week! I shared this picture on my Instagram page last week to show some of my treasures!

Today I'm sharing some fun Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. I hope you'll love these activities as much as I do!

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!

First up is this feather-y activity to practice beginning sounds. It's a DIY activity, so don't laugh at my attempt! We make a turkey craft with feathers and it got me thinking that I could turn the feathers in to a center. This activity is similar to the leaf DIY activities that I shared in this post.

You'll just need to make some feathers. I took several different colors of card stock, laminated it, and then cut strips about 2" x 4". Just round the corners and try to make something that resembles feathers. Don't worry, you're kids will love the activity. I don't think they'll judge your crafting skills. But, maybe you've got better scissors skills than I do! :) If you have a feather stencil for a die cut machine that would work too. A feather paper punch would work too. Here's my affiliate link for this one on Amazon.

On each feather write a letter to match the beginning sounds of the pictures. You'll need feathers with: r, b, n, t, s, w, f, m, h. Students select a feather, identify the letter/letter sound, and color the picture with the matching beginning sound the same color as the feather.

Click on the picture below to download the freebie.
Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!

Here's a fun craftivity for making 10. 

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!

Start with the work mat to practice making 10. This makes a great small group activity. Kids roll the dice and show that number on the work mat. Then they count to see how many more are needed to make ten. You can have them write the number sentence on a white board. 

This craftivity is a fun and festive way to solidify their knowledge of numbers that make 10. Maybe save it for Thanksgiving week when you need something new and fresh to keep their attention! Each student needs a copy of the feather page. To save on copies, there are two turkeys per page so they'll need to be cut apart before giving to students. You can have students use the work mat to visualize making ten before they color the feathers.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!

In this set of our Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten, students roll the dice and count the number. Then they determine how many more are needed to make 10. {That's where the work mat comes in handy for those that need additional support!} They select two colors and color the circles to show how they made ten. {Tip: I put stickers over the number 6 on my dice, that way the highest number a pair of dice will roll is a 10}

For students who aren't quite independent with making ten, you can have them use the same two colors for each feather so the concept is easier to see.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!

The recording sheet is optional. Students record the ways that they made ten. I like to have students use markers, crayons, or colored pencils to record the numbers matching the color from the feathers. 

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!

Here's what the assembled turkey looks like. Be sure to tell students to only put glue under the circles or only on the tip of the feathers. Do not glue over the circles! 

Click on the picture below to download the freebie. 
Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!

It's important to keep learning fun and engaging during the holiday season. You still have to teach but your students are thinking of Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving, Elves, Santa, and getting a break from school. So to help you keep learning in full swing in your classroom, here's a sneak peek at the November edition of It's All Fun and Games

These packets are packed full of fun activities and partner games. I promise your kids will have so much fun with spinners, dice, snap cubes, and more that they won't realize they are learning!

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
This activity practices one less. Students spin the spinner and count back to find the number that is one less. They use the color code on the spinner to color the turkey with the number that is one less. Included in the November packet is the same activity to practice one more. 

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
Turkey Ten is fun for practicing how to make ten. We put 10 two-sided counters in a small red cup {that I found at the dollar store}. The students cup their hand over the cup and shake, shake, shake! They spill out the counters, separate them by yellow and red and record their work on the paper. There's also a making five version included that has the same directions.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
There's also a couple of cube activities included, like the one pictured above. There's two different cube templates included. You can make your own cube by cutting and gluing the cube together {don't worry, instructions are included!}. Or use my affiliate link to get your own set of Differentiated Cubes by Carson Dellosa {pictured above, these things are awesome!!} and then use the templates that are included for those. Students roll the cube, count the turkeys, and trace / write the number using the color to match the turkeys. If you don't want to make a cube you can always use a pair of dice and cover the number six.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
Here's another spinner activity that works great for Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. This time to practice ten frames. Same directions as above! I like to keep directions similar so we're not constantly re-explaining directions! Students spin the spinner, read the number, and find the matching ten frame on their paper. They color the turkey to match the number on the spinner.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
If you're not familiar with how to make a spinner, here's a picture of what it looks like. Students put the paper clip in the middle of the spinner, they put the pencil inside the paperclip to hold it still, and then give a little flick! Isn't that fun?! To a Kindergartener it sure is! :)

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
Roll and Cover Shapes is a partner game to practice 2D shapes. Students each get a game board and they share a spinner. {They'll need a paper clip and pencil to make a spinner}. Students take turns spinning the spinner and covering a matching shape or picture. If the player spins a shape and all of the pictures for that shape have been covered, they lose a turn. The first player to cover their entire board wins. {You could also have students play to get 4 in a row or the outside borders}. If there is extra time, students can switch game boards and play again.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
Let's practice counting and one-to-one correspondence. Students spin the spinner and color that many feathers using the color from the spinner. 

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
Here's another activity using these amazing cubes! I love these things!!! Students roll the cube and count the number on the ten frame. To show their work, they record the number on the paper and color to show the number on the ten frame. Instead of using crayons or makers, you could have students use stickers, use my affiliate link to get these small bingo dabbers, or q-tips and paint to show the numbers on the ten frame. 

And now a peek at the literacy activities...


Just like in math, students have a wide range of skills that they have mastered, working on, or need improvement in. So in this packet you will find a wide range from uppercase and lowercase matching, rhyming words, beginning sounds, ending sounds, CVC words, and more.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
Here's a fun activity that could be used during October or November. Students spin the spinner and use the color code to color either a letter, word, or sentence.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
Students will practice beginning sounds with this activity. They select a card and identify the picture and the beginning sound. They find the turkey which the beginning sound letter. They trace the letter using the color to match the card.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
Some sight word practice...black cards are included so you can write your own sight words on the cards before laminating them. Students will spin the spinner to determine which color to write the sight word. Then they spin the spinner again to determine the next color that they'll use to write the word.

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!
Students will spin the spinner and find a sentence with the matching number of words. They will color the feather to match the color of the number on the spinner.

You can check out all 28 activities included by clicking on the picture below. 

Fall is a great time of year in the primary classroom! Click through to see the great math and literacy centers you can use with your preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students! This post has a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten. Click through to see the FREE downloads, and also check out the many skills covered - beginning sounds, making 10, one less, shapes, counting, 1:1 correspondence, ending sounds, CVC words, and more! Great for October or November!

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Thank you for reading about these Thanksgiving games and centers for Kindergarten! I hope you found the ideas practical and useful! :)