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Activities for Thanksgiving

Hey Everyone!  Once again I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' to share some activities for Thanksgiving.  This is going to be a LONG post because November is one of my favorite months so I have lots of things to share.

We have been learning all about the first Thanksgiving.  Click on the picture above to download the free book pages from TPT.

Cover of the book

 I love how the student above drew King James so big and the Pilgrims so small.  Although, my little sweetie probably didn't do this intentionally I'm sure that is exactly how the Pilgrims felt. 
Teamwork....the Pilgrims building the house to prepare for the winter.

Pilgrims and Thanksgiving

I just love how these adorable Pilgrims turned out!  Each one is unique just like the child who created it.  :)
They are big... but I'm from Texas y'all!  

For the writing they wrote about what they would take with them if they sailed on the Mayflower.  I just love Kindergarten writing.  Don't you?  The last one is my favorite!

My cat Zoe because she is sweet.

My American girl doll because I love her.

My Ellie because I love her so "mush".

And my favorite..... cock your head to the right.... I don't know why Blogger does this!  GRRR....

My granny's billy goat because she loves the billy goat.  But first I would have to find it.

Isn't that sweet?  She is thinking about her Granny instead of herself.  Children have the sweetest little hearts!

You can check out my best selling Thanksgiving unit by clicking on the picture below.

 We read,  If I Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 .  We are charting some of the things we are learning on our Mayflower Voyage tree map.  I hope to finish it tomorrow.

The kids made their own Mayflower and unscrambled a sentence.

Turkey Trouble Freebie!

We read the story,  Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and made Wanted signs for our turkeys.
The students decided on a disguise and drew their turkey.
Then, they had to decide what they would give as a reward.  The students had to choose a reward that they could actually give.  For example,  2,000 legos.

OOPS!  That one should say,  One I Pad.

Love how she spelled one.  :)

Click on the picture below to download the free printable for this activity.  

I also have to shout out this unit by my sweet friend, Michelle!  
This is the perfect unit for teaching the kids about punctuation.
It is obvious from the writing above that they need a little additional help in this area!  LOVE it!


  1. Your blog is so resourceful.. Your students must love you!!!!!!

  2. I love the cut part sentences! I hadn't thought of making a book with them though! Great ideas!


    Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners

  3. I love seeing your children's work. It is so precious. Thank you for the freebie. The kids will have a ball with that. I love how you included samples with the freebie to give the kids ideas. That helps so much.
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

  4. I love this post! I shared your cut apart sentences as one of my favorite thanksgiving freebies on my blog!
    Just Reed!

  5. Are the Pilgrim People included in about of your TPT packs? I'm in love with them

    1. Hi Melissa, The patterns are included in the Thanksgiving unit. :) Thanks so much!

  6. Hi Deanna, I just LOVE your products! I am holding a 100 follower giveaway on my blog (you commented on there last week.....the "Stop Sign" at the Guided Reading table.) It would mean the world to me if you'd consider donating a product towards my giveaway. After a year, I am just starting to break through that brick wall :) If you're interested, you could e-mail me at Thanks for your consideration!

  7. Hi Deanna,

    You are such an inspiration for my new TpT account "Coach Academics".

    Your blog inspires me to be a better teacher too!



  8. Please post some info on assessments/grading! As a kg. teacher, I really struggle... is this too easy/hard? What do some of your current assessments look like in both reading and math? Do you have any type of common core checklists to keep track? What do your report cards look like...standard grade (a, b, c, d, f/ ESNU) or checklist type? HELP!!!!!!!!

  9. Love the writing.....Makes me wish I were still active in my own classroom!!!
    Looking forward to sharing at the Mississippi Conference in December :)



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