We started by wrapping up my Thanksgiving word work/spelling contract freebie. I require my students to work the activities in order on the holiday sets, so most of them were ready to draw Thanksgiving pictures and hide their words inside.
By now it was time for reading workshop. I saved my turkey mini book for last because I knew the students would love it. They were so impressed to read a book written by me, a real live author. ;)
After lunch and recess, we came back in to dessert. We used my cookie recipe to make these super cute turkeys. I love that students have to follow directions and visualize to make it come together.
We folded those ideas up and put them inside brown paper bags. Then we turned the bags into turkeys by folding them over and stapling the bags shut. I had students trace their shoes as the turkey body and then decorate it with markers and construction paper scraps. (My foot was a little too big, so I just went with a free-form shape.) They were adorable! This was a new project that I'll definitely be doing again. I'm also going to update my turkey unit to include patterns for it to use next year.
Finally, we finished the day with a mini-snack Thanksgiving. I made polka dot pancakes for my class the day before and then invited them to bring in a favorite snack to share with the class. We had tons of cookies, Combos, pumpkin bread, popcorn, candy, and even pickles. We shared what we were thankful for and enjoyed our snack feast together.
Wednesday will definitely go down as one of my favorite days because it was full of educational thematic fun. I can't wait to do it again! I'm already planning another one for Christmas. Elves? Reindeer? Penguins? We'll see... =)