Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Thrills

Hello Everyone!
I am so sorry for the lack of posts the past few days, but this has been one crazy busy week!  I am soooo thankful for having the next week off!  My home and family have been neglected and I can't wait to spoil them!!
I wanted to share a couple of fun things we did in class this past week. One big project we have done for the past 8 years is our Mayflower Book, "The First Thanksgiving." After studying the history of the Pilgrims coming to America, we began making our books out of large paper grocery sacks. tracing a ship pattern onto the flat side of the bag, we cut out three bags per book. We had to glue some of the "flaps" down, and then staple them together. The kids retold the historical events and illustrated on plain white paper. They glued the pages into the grocery sack books (a total of 8 pages!), made a sail, decorated the front page to look like the wooden Mayflower, added a title, water, and tah-dah! All set to sail!!

I also wanted to share some pics of our wonderful First Grade Friendship Feast.  It's our annual event where  all 100 of our first graders eat together at one long feast table. They made placemats earlier in the week and they choose whether they want to wear Pilgrim or Native American head dress. The kids munch on a delicious lunch of turkey, ham, and all the sides!  This year the teachers made sugar cookies for dessert! Yum!!  A great time was had by all!!  A huge thank you to the moms and dads who helped organize, set up, serve, and clean up!!!  We couldn't do it without you!!

100 First Grade Friends Feasting!

The last thing I wanted to share was the treat we made with our Third Grade Book Buddies. (Yes, we're eating again!) We took Oreos, chocolate frosting, candy corn, a Hershey's Kiss, and a Hot Tamale and created our own version of the infamous Turkey Cookie Treat!! So easy, and so YUMMY! :) thanks for enjoying these with us, Buddies!!

Gobble, Gobble!!
I sincerely hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families and friends.  I know that I have so much for which to be thankful!  My life is so full and gratitude fills my thoughts daily!
(Stay tuned for my "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies" unit! :)) 


  1. This is wonderful! I am a first year teacher and you and your site have given me SO many great ideas! I love the thematic units and how they are cross curricular. Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas and for being willing to share! Shawna

  2. The Mayflower books are fabulous! I am going to attempt them this year. Do the children do their own research or is their a particular assignment for each page? I would love to hear more:)

    The Resourceful Apple


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