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12 Nov, 2012. 9 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Autumn, First Grade, First Grade Holidays, Holidays, Kindergarten Holidays, November, Preschool Holidays, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Remember how I said I was excited to put up Thanksgiving decorations in my classroom? Well… I may or may not have overdone it a bit. Regardless of that fact, my students LOVED doing all of the fun activities we did last week.

We started the week making “I’m thankful turkeys.” I have been doing this craft for nine years which unfortunately means that it was totally old school style. Remember when we used to have to buy clip art books, xerox them, blow up the image and then copy it onto construction paper to make a craft? Well, I was kickin’ it 90’s style last week and made one of those projects. (My kids never knew the difference. ) 

 The next day I brought it back to the 21st century and used one of my friend’s crafts. Susan over at TGIF (Thank God It’s First Grade) made the most adorable turkeys. My kids were in craft heaven with this one. Seriously, they talked about it at recess that’s how much they liked it.

Look at how cute they came out!

We added little signs that said, “Eat more _____” to them. My class really liked brainstorming what we should eat instead of turkey on Thanksgiving! (candy, snow cones, rice anyone?!) If you would like this craft head over to Susan’s blog or to her TpT store! It is available in her Turkey Pack! 

 Later on in the week we created a packing list for the Mayflower and wrote why we would have or would not have wanted to go on it. My whole class said they would take the 60 + days at sea to escape from King James and to be able to pray to God. It really was endearing to hear their thoughts on the voyage.

This student is sure to be an engineer someday. What did he want to bring on the Mayflower? Oh, you know, wire, a generator and a propellor. LOL!

If you would like that recording sheet you can get it here!

Further on in the week we created one of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts. I have been making these quilts for 9 years now and each year I love how they turn out. This year I went with a “fallish” theme with the fabric and taught my class a few different quilting patterns. (Yes, this is coming from the girl who doesn’t know how to sow…. that’s why I like this project, all you have to do is cut out the squares and then glue them on!)
First you lay out the pattern you want.
Then you glue the fabric pieces to the black card stock.
Then I put all the pieces together on a bulletin board! 

 And last but not least, we finished the week with our weekly science experiment. This week was a cooking week and we made crockpot pumpkin bread with homemade butter. OH MY AMAZING.

Here is the link if you would like to try it: http://www.letsgetcrockin.com/2012/04/crockpot-pumpkin-bread/ 

It’s quick and easy to make and it tastes GREAT!

After you mix all the ingredients, you put it in your crockpot (put 10 paper towels on top of it to trap the moisture), cook it on high for 3 hours and leave it alone!
Three hours later you end up with a delicious treat!
We topped it with the sweet butter we made…
…and enjoyed it!
My class gave it a silent two thumbs up because they were so busy eating it!! 
I hope you had a good weekend! 
Kristen 

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9 Comments
  1. Your class looks like it is so fun!!! The quilts are AWESOME!

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

  2. That pumpkin bread looks AMAAAZING!! Such a cute idea! Thanks for the shout out Kristen :)

    Susan

  3. I am so making that bread next year…great idea!
    Vickie

  4. I want to spend some time in your classroom. You do the “funnest” stuff! The bread looks so yummy!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  5. I LOVE that turkey and suitcase! And the pumpkin bread looks delish!

    Gladys
    http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

  6. Everything looks fabulous!! I have got to try that pumpkin crockpot bread! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  7. I am your newest follower!
    Stop by sometime. I also teach first grade!
    :)
    Tamera
    MyHeartBelongsinFirst
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

  8. I am with everyone else. I want to be in your class. I am sure that kiddo from the beginning of the year is loving having you and not dreading school. Love me some new crock pot recipes :) And those quilts…LOVE THEM!!!

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  9. Im so glad to see that you made the crockpot pumpkin bread!! I came across this receipe and wanted to make it next week! I love all of the Turkey’s! Have a great Thanksgiving:)

9 Comments

  • Your class looks like it is so fun!!! The quilts are AWESOME!

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

  • That pumpkin bread looks AMAAAZING!! Such a cute idea! Thanks for the shout out Kristen :)

    Susan

  • I am so making that bread next year…great idea!
    Vickie

  • I want to spend some time in your classroom. You do the “funnest” stuff! The bread looks so yummy!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

  • I LOVE that turkey and suitcase! And the pumpkin bread looks delish!

    Gladys
    http://teachinginhighheels.blogspot.com

  • Everything looks fabulous!! I have got to try that pumpkin crockpot bread! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  • I am your newest follower!
    Stop by sometime. I also teach first grade!
    :)
    Tamera
    MyHeartBelongsinFirst
    Kaizactan2001@yahoo.com

  • I am with everyone else. I want to be in your class. I am sure that kiddo from the beginning of the year is loving having you and not dreading school. Love me some new crock pot recipes :) And those quilts…LOVE THEM!!!

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  • Im so glad to see that you made the crockpot pumpkin bread!! I came across this receipe and wanted to make it next week! I love all of the Turkey’s! Have a great Thanksgiving:)

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