Sunday, 19 October 2014

And We All Turned Into Turkeys!

Our Thanksgiving is over here and so are our Thanksgiving themed activities. This year I had student turn themselves into turkeys. Well not literally :)
While I was procrastinating on Facebook I saw a post by Mrs. Beattie with this activity for Thanksgiving and I knew my class would love it.

I started by reading them this humorous book. The turkeys are quite the partiers. 
http://www.amazon.com/Silly-Turkey-Party-Steve-Metzger/dp/0545060613/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413759334&sr=8-1&keywords=silly+turkey+party

After we read the story we talked about what it would be like to be a turkey at Thanksgiving. We created this anchor chart to help with writing time. They were pretty creative.
Now it was time to get to turning ourselves into turkeys. My criteria for the turkeys was that the feathers must be in a pattern (we were working on patterns in math) and they need to do their best colouring. While students were happily colouring their turkeys, I was taking their pictures. I wish I could show you the turkeys with their little faces. They are super cute, especially those who are missing their front teeth and smiled to show it. Toothless grins are the cutest.
After the turkeys were completed, students started working on their writing. This was our first major writing project so it took a bit to get them to write more than a few sentences. A goal for this year is to write multiple paragraphs!

After the first day working on this project I got the flu and 3 Teacher on Calls had to finish with my class (Our district is short on Teachers on Call and that was why I had a different one each day). My standards are a little higher so the printing wasn't as neat as I wanted and there were some responses I wouldn't have allowed but I was so sick (3 days away) I didn't care at the time.
To get the template for this activity, visit Mrs. Beattie's store here.

My students also had fun completing my Thanksgiving Syllable Sort literacy center.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thanksgiving-Words-Syllable-Sort-974061
 Now it is time to pack it all away and gear up for Halloween!!!!

Cheers,



Saturday, 4 October 2014

October Currently

I cannot believe it is October already but with that comes my FAVOURITE holiday....Halloween! I love everything about it :)

Well since it is the beginning of the month here is my Currently. 

Listening: It is after dinner and the dishes are being washed. I am so thankful we have a dishwasher because I am not too fond of doing dishes. I like washing better than drying but I like letting a machine do it even better.

Loving: Yup I am a reality TV fan and Survivor is my favourite. I am in a Survivor pool at work so hopefully I will win. Go Jon Go!!!

Thinking: I have been slacking on the blogging lately. Sorry, I will try and post more often :)

Wanting: Because of our teacher strike we got a late start to school and in the 2 weeks we have been back I have had 3 different groups of students. We got an extra teacher to help with class composition and size so we had another shuffle and I finally got my class part way through Thursday. I have been with my students for a day and a half only. I think they are going to be a great (and busy) group of 20 second graders. 

Needing: Yikes my split ends are out of control.

Treat: Here's the best part. For the next week I will have my best selling Halloween product on sale for 20% off. This is great for getting a head start on planning! It is 75 pages of Halloween fun!!!!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-Worksheets-and-Activities-101242

Don't for get to check out Farrah's Currently link up on Oh' Boy 4th Grade for some other great Tricks or Treats!

Cheers,

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