As real life has it.. I’m a little behind on getting my lesson plans for the month done. But, they are finally done and I have my road map to guide me for the next several weeks!
I love this time of the year. It seems like everyone is just a little nicer and a little happier as they get into the holiday spirit.
This month (for me) is all about Thanksgiving! It’s about teaching the kids about being thankful for all that they have in their lives.
This week, I worked on finishing up some pieces from my Fall Print and Go pack, since we’re getting into the last of Fall. In the upper grades I started doing some opinion and persuasive writing pieces related to Thanksgiving, that we will edit and revise next week.
Next week will be starting all the book companions! Turkey Trouble, An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, and Bear Says Thanks.
Turkey Trouble is one of my favorites for so many reasons. I love the way the book is written. It can be used for younger students with some simple discussion, but can also be used with older students because of the idioms used throughout the book and also the use of disguises in an attempt to not be eaten!
I snagged the companion for An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie my friend The Speech Owl. It’s perfect for my Kg and 1st grade students with lots of visual supports.
Bear Says Thanks is another great one (I mean, who doesn’t love Bear!). I just posted it tonight! I wanted to make sure I gave you all enough time to purchase, print, and use with all of your students!
Throughout the month I will be using Peachie Speechie’s Turkey Talk packet for my speech and language kids. It’s not prep, so it’s easy to print and go before each session.
The last week (since it’s a short week) I will be making my Thanksgiving placemats in Kg-3rd grade. The kids will color, but will save the activities for home. I will laminate each of their placemats and send them home with a skinny dry erase marker from the dollar store. Then, they can use it to spark some language and interaction with family members at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
For 4th and 5th grade students that may be too old to make placemats, I am doing an “I am Thankful” writing activity that will be sent home to give to their parents.
As, always I send my monthly newsletter home with all students!
I hope your November is a great one! I hope you can take time to reflect on all that you are thankful for! I know I am thankful for all of you!