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15 Nov, 2012. 3 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Autumn, First Grade, First Grade Holidays, Holidays, Kindergarten Holidays, November, Preschool Holidays. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Oh my! Does anyone else feel like there is SO much to do and NOT enough time??!! We have our big Thanksgiving feast on Friday and I am hoping we will get everything finished!

We have been writing “If I were a Wampanoag” stories and they are coming out so cute! I love how much my students are retaining from this unit.

If you haven’t checked out Scholastic’s webpage, do yourself a favor and head over there! They have a few really great, educational videos to show your class about the voyage on the Mayflower, the Wampanoag homestead and Plymouth Plantation. (make sure you also visit that website: http://www.plimoth.org/)

Here is one of the videos that is available!

Wampanoags:

My class has really taken a hold of what it was like to be a Wampanoag child and have been talking, writing and reading all about them. It makes this teacher’s heart VERY happy.

We have been working on graphing lately in math so I created an activity where my students had to spin a spinner to see what the Wampanoag got on his hunt and then how many of that animal he got. My class seriously loved this. They really wanted the Wampanoag to get a deer just like Chief Massasoit brought to the feast.

We also read my friend Heidi’s Thanksgiving book and then put it in order. It was such perfect timing since we were focusing on sequence of events this week! If you would like this fun, easy to put together packet you can get it here! 
My class loved working on their fluency as they read about Thanksgiving and really enjoyed putting the story in order. It was a great way to introduce sequence of events. 

Tomorrow we are finishing our writing pieces, writing thank you notes to our family members who are coming to our feast, making friendship necklaces, and practicing our reading skills while playing Quiz, Quiz, Trade with sentences. For this game each student will be given a Thanksgiving themed sentence without punctuation. They will then mingle around the room while I play some music. When the music stops, they make eye contact with a friend, point to them, and pair up. Once they are in pairs they ask their friend to read the sentence and what type of punctuation should go at the end of it. Once both students have quizzed each other, they trade cards and put two thumbs up to signify they are ready for the next round. Once I see all thumbs, I turn the music back on and they mingle again.

We play this game a lot and it’s a big hit!!

Friday is our big feast day so we have to fit it all in tomorrow!!

I hope you’re having a good week!! 
Kristen :)

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  1. Thanks for the tip on the videos! And, super cute pics of your kiddos!
    Growing Firsties is having a Pete the Cat Giveaway that benefits Hurricane Sandy Relief!

  2. How cute are your kiddos so hard at work! That is fantastic to see. Love the tip on the videos-so great to show to make it “real” for them. Great idea, Kristen! Hope your feasting is fabulous!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  3. Love the video! Thanks so much for writing about my activity. Your too sweet girly :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

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  • Thanks for the tip on the videos! And, super cute pics of your kiddos!
    Growing Firsties is having a Pete the Cat Giveaway that benefits Hurricane Sandy Relief!

  • How cute are your kiddos so hard at work! That is fantastic to see. Love the tip on the videos-so great to show to make it “real” for them. Great idea, Kristen! Hope your feasting is fabulous!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  • Love the video! Thanks so much for writing about my activity. Your too sweet girly :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

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