Okay, thank you for letting me rant! I feel much better now :) Onto more important things... the learning we have been doing :)
I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving. I love the history behind it, the meaning, and everything that goes along with it! It ties PERFECTLY into our Ohio history curriculum, because we just wrapped up our early Native Americans unit (which I can't wait to share with you the students projects soon!) Speaking of their projects, here is a free download for a project I do with my fourthies every year! It is one of mine and their favorites! Students have to create a model of a Native American home, and complete a report with it. Click here to download the directions for this for free. Here are some pictures of past projects:
Every year they turn out grade and I LOVE seeing all of the new things students come up with!
Now back to Thanksgiving. When I was student teaching, I discovered this great interactive Scholastic website for the First Thanksgiving. Since then, I have been using this website to teach all about it, and supplementing with other books. This year, I decided to make a 4 day unit on The First Thanksgiving. I introduced the unit last Friday, and this week, since we have a 3-day short week, we are finishing the unit just in time for Thanksgiving. This unit has students predicting, inferring, researching, forumulating opinions, organizing writing and writing an opinion piece. Here is a preview of this unit:
Lastly, in addition to all this testing. I am up to my ears in reading chapter books! I decided to work into my Daily 5 a literature study. I grouped my students by DRA level, and we are reading a book on their level. Here are most of the books we are working with now (James and the Giant Peach not pictured)
Before I leave you I have to show you the yummy cookies I made for our staff Thanksgiving today.
That's all for now! Thanks for reading, folks :) Remember to comment to receive your Thanksgiving pack for free!