Monday, November 7, 2011

The most wonderful time of the year...Thanksgiving

My favorite time of the year is almost here.  I love Thanksgiving like most people love Christmas.  I love that it is unselfish time to spend with the ones that you love simply enjoying each other's company.  I also love all the the fun activities and meaningful conversations that happen around this time in Kindergarten.  We have been working on several different units.

Addition Turkeys

The students were asked to choose a number combination that equaled 5 and had to represent it with the turkey's feathers and write the number sentence.  They always turn out so cute.

Turkey Full of Thanks

We each made a feather detailing what we were thankful for this Thanksgiving.  We later added our addition turkeys (seen above) to the fence.

Native Americans and Pilgrims

We do a week and a half long study of Native Americans and Pilgrims right before Thanksgiving.  It is pretty basic stuff, but these two activitiesI really love.  First, is a fill in the blank saying about how the Native Americans and Pilgrims helped each other.  They make Native American for one corner and a Pilgrim to match themselves in the other corner (girls make a girl and boys make a boy).

Next, we talk about the difference between a Pilgrim boy or girl's life was different from their lives.  The students make a Pilgrim and fill out a little label for the bottom- I can______, but a Pilgrim cannot.  They turned out really cute.

Feather Turkey

These are just for fun, but I love them :)

Turkey Votive

Each year the students make a turkey votive out of baby food jars, tissue paper squares and a tea light candle.  They are easy and fun.  We just paint glue onto the jar, stick on the tissue paper, make the turkey body and hot glue the tea light in the jar. 

Fall Trees
We studied the parts of a tree and how the trees change with the seasons. 

With Veteran's Day coming up, we have been learning about our country.  We have created a book of national symbols, the American Flag and the Alabama Flag.  We have discussed the freedoms that we have in this country and we have had my husband, Sgt. Jonathan Cates USMC come to speak to us.

Pictures to come...

We have so many things to be thankful for and we have only hit the tip of the iceberg as we begin working our way towards Thanksgiving.