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Today, I’m sharing TWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core […]

20 Thanksgiving Books and Activities

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Educational Activities, ELA, Fall, first grade, holiday, Literacy, November, Read Alouds, Read-Alouds, Reading, Second Grade, Teach, Thanksgiving, Vocabulary, writing

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If your students LOVE nonfiction, then they will absolutely eat up a thematic study of BATS! These little creatures have lots to offer your curriculum, from life cycle to echolocation to special features and abilities. I love to make class posters for whatever theme I might be doing. This gives my students a chance to […]

Bat Activities for Primary Students!

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Bats, Fall, Halloween, holiday, Lesson Plans, Science

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Hey, y’all! Just wanted to pop in for a quick second on this busy Wednesday to show you all this fun little directed drawing activity. It’s SUPER simple, requires very little skill, AND can be made using only six letters from the alphabet!  Best news? You can snag the FREE directions in my TpT shop […]

Bat Directed Drawing

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I have a love-hate with the month of November when it comes to being a teacher. On the one hand: conferences.  I love getting the chance to tell parents how much I enjoy teaching their children, but dread the extended days and all the planning that goes into it.  Thank goodness they’re only once a […]

Thanksgiving Activities for the Primary Classroom

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crafts, Educational Activities, ELA, Fall, first grade, holiday, Kindergarten, Literacy, November, Second Grade, Teach, Thanksgiving, writing

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I’m convinced you can make a theme around anything, so this week Becks and I are doing a thematic study of CORN. This may sound completely uninteresting, if not flat out boring, but CORN IS COOL, y’all. Here’s a snapshot of our week. You can click the graphics to HERE to download. Cover graphics within […]

A Thematic Study of Corn

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adjectives, corn, Educational Activities, ELA, Facts, Fall, first grade, Home School, informational text, Kindergarten, Literacy, November, Second Grade, Teach, Thanksgiving

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Today we read The Ugly Pumpkin today by Dave Horowitz.  It’s a great book to transition from October to November and can lead to a great discussion about kindness, differences, and how characters can change throughout the course of a book.  Because the story line is so simple, it’s easy for firsties to recognize the […]

The Ugly Pumpkin Activity for Primary Students

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book review, ELA, Fall, first grade, Halloween, Literacy, November, Read-Alouds, Thanksgiving

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Okay, so, since I’ve had so many inquiries about my apple activities, I’m going to try my best to make a little mini-unit with them.  It will be random, but I’d love to share! ETA 9/19/14 : All activities up to this point are uploaded in the resource pictured below.  Click the pic to check […]

Apple Week Activities for the First Grade Classroom: Day 4

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You all.  I have my GROOOOOOOOOVE back.  ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !  Seriously, teaching Beckham this week has been an absolutely joy.  And, as you know, it’s kind of an epiphanic moment for a teacher when you have that little kick in your step and are excited […]

Apple Week Activities for the First Grade Classroom: Day 3

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I have to be honest – this is the first week of home school that I was pretty excited to teach.  The weeks leading up to this haven’t been bad, just kind of mundane and repetitive.  No complains from Beck, but my teacher heart just wasn’t feeling it.  Something about the changing seasons, open windows, […]

Apple Week Activities for the First Grade Classroom: Days 1 & 2

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