In keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, students listened to all these great read-alouds about Thanksgiving in Reading:
- Thanksgiving Graces by Mark Kimball Moulton
- The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing
- Thanksgiving for Emily Ann by Teresa Johnston
- Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Elliott
- A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus by David Adler
- Turkey Surprise by Peggy Archer
In Language, we listened to stories from the Core Knowledge Language Arts Curriculum on pilgrims traveling on the Mayflower and “The First Thanksgiving.” They gained and built up their background knowledge on the history of the pilgrims, native Americans, and what life life was like on the Mayflower, where the pilgrims were headed, and why.
In Math, students practiced counting objects 0-5 on the numbers chart. We also discussed the concepts of “more” and “less”. We talked about what each number represents and how that can be more or less than another number. For more practice and reteaching, students worked on their Envision Math workbooks.
Pre-K students played the “Roll and Color” math game. To play, they roll a dice, count the dots, and color in the correct number on their picture. Kindergarteners worked on a “What Comes Next” worksheet. They practiced counting and filling in missing numbers, and cut and pasted objects.
In Writer’s Workshop, pre-kindergarteners matched picture words to their letter sounds. Kindergarteners worked on completing patterns and finding sight words in a word search.
In Virtue of the Month, we talked about the virtue of kindness and gratitude. To reinforce the lesson, we listened to the read-aloud “Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley” by Lane Frederickson, a rhyming picture book that makes its point with humor. We have all heard the words, “Don’t make that face. It might freeze that way!” Well, that is exactly what happens to Cecily who starts out as never being polite, but then gets her comeuppance when a bird builds a nest on her tongue and she ends up learning a lesson!