Thanksgiving Ideas

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  1. CRD3

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    Hello, I can't believe it is November already! I am looking for Thanksgiving art, lessons, etc. If you have any, I would love the ideas for my 1st grade classroom! Thanks!
     
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  3. JenPooh

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    Apple Turkey

    1 large apple. Stick raisins and small marshmallows on toothpicks and use for feathers, stick them into the apple to look like feathers. Use in large marshmallow for the head and stick that in front. Poke two raisin into the large marshmallow for eyes, and a candy corn for the beak. Wala...an apple turkey.
     
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    Have them write/dictate Thanksgiving recipes to you, they can illustrate. Make into recipe books. So cute.
     
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    At my school we do "familiy feathers" We give each child a feather to decorate with his/her family and display them on a big turkey in the hall. You could do that in your room and call them first grade feathers or something. They use all types of art materials
     
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    Large cornucopia (sp?) and inside students show and write things they are thankful for.

    Corn patterning/painting- get blackline corn on the cob and have students use Q-tips to paint a pattern within the cob

    Pinecone turkey
     
  7. CRD3

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    Thanks for all the ideas! They sound like a lot of fun.
     
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    We do like havan, except with a Turkey. The kids get really creative (I should probably say "sometimes parents").
    Here are some more:
    art projects
     
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    Like Miss W i send home turkey's w/ 3 feathers. I have them write what they are thankful for and decorate. The families have always liked doing it in the past.
     
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    Some more ideas

    I just found weaving mats on Oriental Trading that I am going to purchase and do that with the kids too.
    When we learn about the 1st Thanksgiving I like to have the kids compare and contrast how Thanksgiving is different today.
     
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    We have made the turkey but instead feathers we let the kids trace hands and write what they are thankful for. Each class did a different color of hands and then layer them.
     
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    There is a cute scarecrow pattern here at the AtoZ store. They simply follow the pattern pieces to cut out the various parts from paper, then glue. Good for following directions.
     
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    Hi!
    I am a first grade teacher, and think Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday to celebrate with the kids! One thing that we do, is we celebrate Thanksgiving by doing a Stone Soup activity. One classroom is in charge of making the soup and cornocopias (brown sugar cones filled with cereal, candy and raisins) and the other classroom teacher acts out Stone Soup and she goes to GoodWill to get costumes for the kids, and the other teacher does an art acitivty with a cut out kettle and adds vegetables-and all of the first graders switch and have the opportunity to do all of the activities. We do this the week of Thanksgiving.
    Also, we make boy and girl pilgrims after reading Sam Morton, Sarah Morton: Lives of Children Pilgrims. Let me know if you want the pattern!
    Have fun!
    Gobble! Gobble!
    PS: Also, we ask each family to send in an old tie from Dad or Grandpa, and they make a terrific feathers for our classroom turkey on our bulletion board!
     
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    (Sing it to the tune of “Oh, My Darling Clementine”)

    Alburquerque, he's my turkey,
    And he's feathered and hes fine.

    And he wobbles, and he gobbles,
    And I'm awfully glad he's mine.

    He's the best pet you can ever get.
    Better than a dog or cat.

    Albuquerque, he's my turkey,
    And I'm awfully glad of that.

    Albuquerque, he's my turkey,
    he's so cozy in his bed.

    Because for our Thanksgiving Dinner
    We had scrambled eggs instead!

    (this is the one I know if you google the song you'll find more versions)
     
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    Cool song!!!!!!

    We are going to sing that this year. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Your welcome. My mom sings it with her students every year and makes a book. I love the song.
     
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    Thanks again for the neat ideas. I love the song!
     
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    Today(already decorating our room!) we made crayon shavings and ironed them between two pieces of waxed paper. Then , take a turkey pattern and cut out sections of the tail and body wherever you want and place the melted crayons behind it and tape it on.......very pretty effect in the light.
     
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    I got a dot to dot book from my mentor teacher when I student taught and we did a page of that a day. It's only about 5-6 pgs,but it goes up pretty high and has a lot of coloring. So for morning work I asked them to the dot to dot and then when they completed their work to work on the coloring.

    We did Native American canoes. We also did hats, a quick worksheet of what the pilgrims/native americans had and didn't have.
     
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    Diznee teach........I like your avatar. I have those run through my yard a lot. Too funny!!
     
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    The avatar reminds me of my in-laws backyard. They have families of turkeys all over, and deer as well.
     
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    The avatar reminds me of my in-laws. They are a family of turkeys.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! :)
     
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    LOL! Glenda, you silly girl!

    Anyone got an avatar of some donkeys? Then I'd be reminded of my in-laws...he he!!!:) Just kidding...kind of ;).
     
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    You could put a bunch of unpooped popcorn in your sensory bin (depending on the age).
     
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    I mean, unpopped. Oops :eek:
     
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    actually Jen, I think the unpooped version would be more fun! tee hee!!!
     
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    Thanks, ladies. These were only a couple of the 20 or more that ran through one day. But the pic was too long to use. We haven't seen them in awhile wonder if they're hiding!!!

    The popcorn would be great to do to connect with science. In one of my college courses we were given each a kernel and a sheet divided into the senses. We were given a time limit to write as many words in each sense as a kernel. Then we popped it and again given a sheet to write the same as before but with popped kernel. Could be fun to make big list and compare and contrast!!! Boy, you could really cover a lot of the curric.!!!!
     
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    Funny , I cleaned my cupboards and found a can of unpopped popcorn .......took it to work and put it in my sensory table today. We are using it to glue onto the letter Tt next week.
    Jen, I need the donkey for my inlaws too...seriously..
     
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    Decorate a potato with the turkey head, feathers, etc., using toothpicks to hold them in place.
     
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    I have that on our lesson plans for the week of Thanksgiving. Very cute project!
     
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    Off the subject-We're making applesauce today in a crockpot.
     

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