Get Ready to Teach in NOVEMBER {resources, books, and ideas}


If you are looking for fun November activities that are also educational, I have some great math and writing lessons that I did with my own students as well as some favorite November books for kids that I think you will enjoy. 
How to Cook a Turkey
It doesn't matter what grade you teach...if do not have your students write "How to Cook a Turkey," you are missing out. It is so much fun to read how kids think Thanksgiving dinner is prepared.

Favorite Thanksgiving Food
Speaking of Thanksgiving dinner, do you have a favorite food? Is it the mashed potatoes or the stuffing? Perhaps it is the cranberry sauce. Favorite foods make great topics for descriptive writing practice...and it pairs so well with a math activity graphing that data as a class.














Surprise your students with a fun treat at snack time: 
{source:Child at Heart}

Love the idea of making this wreath as a class project to display on a classroom door.
{source: MPM School Supply}
I plan to make this a choice activity for the many indoor recesses I anticipate we'll have this month. I think the best way to do this would be to make ink pads and baby wipes available to keep the mess to a minimum.
{source: Scholastic}

This 3D turkey would be the perfect addition to a November bulletin board. I plan to have each student create one of their own and will attach their How to Cook a Turkey writing project to the top.

{source: Martha Stewart}


Below are some images and details of the products featured above from my classroom.

The Turkey in Disguise Project is always a favorite with the kids. You can read more about it on the original blog post.



We integrate some math (graphing) with writing when we complete a My Favorite Thanksgiving Food activity. The students graph their favorite food and together we analyze the data. Each child then writes a descriptive piece about their favorite foods and we create a paper pieced craft project to display with the writing on a bulletin board.



A good portion of the month of November in our classroom is spent learning about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. Historically, (no pun intended) we make lapbook portfolios to document student learning. You may want to visit the original blog post for that as well. You can access that post here.

Plimoth Rock Around the Clock - A Performance Based Time Telling Activity


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