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! :)

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