I was looking back at some old pictures from when I student-taught in college and came across a picture of a gigantic leaf I had constructed out of cardboard. Isn’t it so fun? I made this while I was student-teaching in kindergarten.
It was pretty easy to construct. I used a large piece of cardboard for the bottom. For the sides, I bent cardboard into the shape I wanted and then taped the bent pieces to the bottom. To make it more “fall-ish,” I painted it yellow and green. Then, I filled it with hay, gourds, mini-pumpkins, and a scarecrow.
In the classroom, I placed it on the floor in a corner and let two students read and act out Thanksgiving stories inside of it. It was a FABULOUS little treat for them. Who says we can’t have a little dramatic play here and there? Right? I may make another one similar to this for my little firsties this year. I know they’d LOVE ME FOREVER, ha!
The past two years of teaching first grade, I’ve had my students record a little video of themselves saying what they are thankful for. At the end of the video, we all come together and say “We’re STUFFED with thankful thoughts!” We share the video during American Education Week and I e-mail it to the parents. The kids and parents LOVE it!
This year, I thought it would be fun to make a little craft that goes along with it. Students can assemble the craft, and then “stuff” their turkey with thankful thoughts by writing what they are thankful for. The writing pages goes behind the turkey to create a little booklet.
To get everyone into the Thanksgiving spirit, I have also created a few fun literacy and math centers for my kiddos to work on over the next few weeks. I’ve combined the craftivity and all of the activities into one big 60 page Thanksgiving packet.
In this packet, you will find:
-Thanksgiving craft templates and writing activity ("I'm Stuffed with Thankful Thoughts!")
-graphic organizers that compliment many different Thanksgiving texts
-literacy centers that focus on grammar, word building, and writing complete sentences
-math centers that focus on conducting surveys, addition and subtraction, and word problems
-Turkey Trot Math Hunt
- Tasty Bingo (addition and subtraction)
You can find it in my TPT shop for $5.00.
What thankful thoughts are you STUFFED with? The first person who leaves a comment with their e-mail address will get this packet for free!