Some Thanksgiving Fun!

Hi everyone. I can not believe that Thanksgiving is next week already. I am gearing up for some family time and some relaxation.

Last week, I shared an activity with you from Digital: Divide & Conquer. I used his Turn into a Turkey activity and it was such a big hit. You can read all about it here

Click below to check it out.
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After working on Turn into a Turkey. I read the book T’was the Night Before Thanksgiving and Turkey Trouble. The kids thought both books were hilarious! 馃檪

Easy Teaching Tools has such a cute craftivity!! Turkey Trouble: Craftivity and Writing Activity where the kids have to disguise their turkey and write about it. I could not believe how create my kiddos were with their stories about How Not To Become Thanksgiving Dinner and how they disguised their turkeys.
Take a look at some of the turkeys they created.

Just look at this Princess Turkey! My student was so proud of her disguise. She used a barbie dress to disguise her turkey as a princess.
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Next, is the Super Spy Turkey. This kiddo didn’t have any material to use at home so he just used markers and crayons. My kids loved this turkey and thought it was very creative. 馃檪

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Another student disguised her turkey as a cat. I love the tail and the whiskers! Don’t you?

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One of my students shared his Cowboy Turkey! He read his story aloud and then shared how his turkey was in a rodeo. 馃檪

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Next, we have a Hula Turkey. This student went all out. His mom took apart a hula doll she had in their house. He story was fabulous about a turkey who disguised himself as a hula dancer because there was a party with dancers and the turkey was able to just dance right out of the house.

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Last, but not least is the Patriotic Turkey. My little girl was so cute when she shared her turkey. She said, “Of course we need a turkey disguised as the American Flag. Thanksgiving is an American holiday.” 馃檪

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I think the Hula Turkey and the Cowboy Turkey are my favorite! Which is your favorite?

Click below to check out the craftivity and writing.
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That Kind of Week…and a Friend Saves the Day!

Have you ever had THAT kind of week?? This week has definitely been THAT kind of week and it is only Wednesday!!

Last week I was observed by our Superintendent and met with my Assistant Principal on Monday so she could let me know what went well and what I need to work on. I was then informed that people from outside of the building were coming this Friday to observe me yet again. WHAT?

Before we left school on Monday, we were reminding that it was open house for parents on Wednesday morning and to make sure we had a great activity planned.

Tuesday was no school for Veteran’s Day!! I had the whole day to plan (not relax) my activity for the parents and for my observation on Friday. Did I mention that Thursday is our Parent Teacher Conferences until 8:00 p.m. and that my observation in Friday morning at 8:45? WHAT??

So I spent most of my day planning for my Friday observation when I realized that I didn’t have an awesome activity for my parents. In case you don’t know, I am neurotic!! I can admit it. I stress over everything and over plan for everything. It must be part of my DNA. For Meet the Teacher Night, I had a 32 slide presentation. Please tell me that it is normal!!

So I started to stress when I reached out to one of my favorite groups on Facebook for help. My FB friends were so great and so creative and they gave me so many great ideas!! 馃檪

I finally started to relax, a little. I had a great activity to work on when my parents came today. My kids and parents LOVED it SO much that I just had to share it with you.

A GREAT BIG THANKS to Matt from Digital: Divide & Conquer for saving my neurotic life! I used his Turn into a Turkey activity and it was such a big hit.

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I put the T U R K E Y posters up on my Smartboard and the parents and I discussed each letter and how the letter applied to their own life.

Then my kiddos went back to their desks and began their writing activity. They talked about the letters in TURKEY and what each letter stood for with their partner and parent. Then, my kids started to write. They were so excited. I love to see my students excited about writing.

The best part… The activity was already differentiated! I didn’t have to break my head and think of how to differentiate the activity for my 2nd graders.
My struggling students were given the letters in turkey without lines. I had my students write around the letter about how that letter applied to them.

This student is obviously an artist. 馃檪
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For my other students, I gave them the letters that spelled out turkey with lines. Students wrote about how each letter applied to their life and gave examples.

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When it was time for the parents to leave and for us to stop the activity, I heard moans and groans. They didn’t want to stop. So I had to give more time for the students to finish. It made my heart happy! 馃檪

You can click here to check out Turn into a Turkey at Digital: Divide & Conquer’s blog. I promise, you won’t regret it!

Besides having an awesome activity to work on while the parents were in the classroom, I was also given a great craft and writing activity that I sent for homework.

Easy Teaching Tools has such a cute craftivity!! Turkey Trouble: Craftivity and Writing Activity where the kids have to disguise their turkey and write about it. I can not wait until my kiddos bring in their disguised turkeys and writing pieces. As my kids were leaving the room, one student who has been reading about the solar system whispered, “My turkey will be hiding out as an astronaut.”

Click below to check out the craftivity and writing. I can’t wait to share it with you next week!
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Thanks for stopping by and saying hi,
Rachel

3 – 5 Educents Bundle

Hi everyone! 聽I hope you all are having a great few months back to school. 聽I can not believe that the holidays are approaching so fast. 聽I am looking forward to spending some quality time with my family and just relaxing.
I am always looking for some great activities to work on with my kiddos.
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For this bundle, I have contributed 3 different products.
The first character is my Character Traits Puzzle.
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Included:
  • 1 circle to connect the puzzle pieces with a space for book title and character name.
  • 1 blank circle to connect the puzzle pieces.
  • 3 pages of puzzle pieces with character traits
  • 1 page of blank puzzle pieces for students to write their own character traits.

Each puzzle piece has space for students to cite text evidence to support their idea.

Use this fun activity for a small group or as a whole class.

This activity can be used to compare two characters, just print out two sets.

In narrative writing, students can complete this activity to help them plan and show how their character will respond the major events and challenges.

 

My second product is my Division Scoot Factors Game. 聽What kid doesn’t love the game of Scoot?? 聽My kiddos love moving around the room any chance they get (even when they shouldn’t be 聽:))

This set has 40 division cards with 0-12 facts with a recording sheet.

iPhone Division Scoot can be played in different ways:

Play as a whole class, in small groups, for independent practice, or put this game into a math center.

 

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My third product in the Educents 3 – 5 Bundle is my April Showers Produce May Flowers Multiplication Pack. 聽I am super excited about this product and the kids just love it!

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This craftivity includes:

* A cloud with the title of the activity.
* Raindrops where the students write equations to show their product.
* A stem to write a word problem and show how the student solved the problem in 3 different ways.聽
* There are also 4 different flower templates (two flowers with 6 petals, one flower with 8 petals, and one flower with 4 petals) for your students to create their fact flowers.聽

There are many ways to differentiate this craftivity, or the interactive notebook activity.

Differentiation: Students can write more or less factors on the flower petals (4 petals to 8 petals.)

2. Interactive Notebook Activity: There are 4 different flower templates for students to create fact flowers. Students can use one flower to show one product or they can create a field of fact flowers. Students can include the stem and write a word problem for that product (The stem and flower fit on a notebook page.)

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Create a field of product flowers. There are 4 pages of product flowers with four flowers on each page. One page has flowers with 4 petals, two pages have flowers with 6 petals, and one page has flowers with 8 petals.聽

4. Multiplication/ Division Scoot: 36 mixed multiplication/division cards will have your students moving around the room while they practice their multiplication and division skills.聽

An answer sheet is also provided.

Check out the topics that are covered in this bundle!!

Academic Concepts Covered
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聽聽聽聽聽聽Finding common denominators
聽聽聽聽聽聽Multiplication and division
聽聽聽聽聽聽Multistep word problems
聽聽聽聽聽聽Regrouping
聽聽聽聽聽聽Research
聽聽聽聽聽聽Writing Process
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If you buy the Educents Bundle through my link, here and you can choose a product from my Teachers pay Teachers store, up to $5.00. 聽Just forward me with your confirmation email to RachelH@2ndgraderockstars.com with your choice and I will send you the product.

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi,

Rachel