Monday, November 12, 2012

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Hello Everyone!
We started the day off with one of my favorite books to read this time of year.  Have you ever read "'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving?" It is a fun little story written by Dav Pilkey about a class of little kids who go on a field trip to a turkey farm the day before Thanksgiving. Well, when the kids find out what Farmer Mack Nugget plans on doing with the ax, they cook up a plan to help the turkeys escape!  
They stuff the turkeys under their shirts and get back on the bus!!  Toooo cute!! This was the perfect book to write about what they would eat instead of turkey as a reader's response.  Making those connections brought us to brainstorming a list of yummy "turkey-free" foods!  the kids wrote amazing lists and then created a turkey stuffed character to go along with it!

We also used the book to help us with our "counting on" strategy to compose numbers in math. We made a giant Farmer Mack Nugget over-all pocket on the floor and learned a new song about putting the big number in your pocket and counting on on the second number.  the kids then got to work independently in small groups to practice this strategy.  this will be part of my math SOLVE tubs this week!

For your free 16 page mini unit using the book "Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving" click here!

The unit contains patterns for the cute little craft connection and reader's response writing activity, the poem, math tub materials and recording sheets.The unit also includes a site where you can go to see and have the book read to your kiddos, just in case you can't find the book!!

I love this little book so much!  I wish we had more time to spend on it!! 

Now on to our study of the Mayflower!!