Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gobble........Gobble...A Thanksgiving Post

I enjoy teaching the kiddos about the Pilgrims and the 1st Thanksgiving.  I am a total sucker for themes.  One of my biggest frustrations as an intervention specialist is TIME!  I never have enough time get everything done that I would like to accomplish.  Unfortunately it seems to be a common problem for all teachers.

To begin:

Student's wrote their schema about the Pilgrims before we began our reading.  This chart is not that pretty but it works!! 

**Looks like we still need to take time to add our new learning to the chart:)  That is my favorite part.  I love it when students are pumped up about their learning!


Many of you know that I am a firm believer in using visuals when teaching concepts.  I believe our school psych calls it visual and verbal pairing of information.  I created vocabulary cards with visuals and definitions to accompany them to enhance my students learning.  The kids love to match the definitions to the correct word.

I get frustrated when I want to teach about a concept and I can't find material that the students can READ!  This year I decided to create three different levels of Thanksgiving books to use with my various groups.  Then I realized that I needed a sight word reader for my kinders so I created a fourth book. This way I can still get my kiddos to learn some factual information and also work on decoding skills.

Below are examples from the 4 different versions.

As with anything we read, written responses are a critical piece.  The students and I do a ton of oral discussion while we are read but I also require them to put it in writing to prove to me that they can put their responses on paper.

This pack is available you still need a little something for next week!
It is half off until after Thanksgiving!!

Also if you didn't get my updated Thanksgiving word wall pack and visual writing cards click the picture below.

The first 5 people to comment can get my newest Thanksgiving pack for FREE!


  1. Love the pack! Thanks!

  2. I already have it but just wanted to tell you I absolutely love it! Thank you so much!!

  3. I already have it but just wanted to tell you I absolutely love it! Thank you so much!!

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  5. Cool...

  6. I'd love to win the pack too!!

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  8. I would love it!

    1. Very cool....I just woke up from putting my boys to bed. I probably fell asleep before them.