Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Web Quest

I like to begin my Thanksgiving activities by reading Turkey Trouble!  We usually do this a week or two before Thanksgiving.  Then, I send home Tom Turkey.  This is a family project that I have the students do.  They have to disguise Tom so he won't be eaten and then write about his plan to escape.

When I send home the letter to the parents, I also send home a turkey template and this writing template.

This year I decided to make a web quest for our Thanksgiving activities and I really loved it!  My initial idea was to just have the students use the Blendspace that I create and go at their own pace.  However, I later decided that we would do it together.  I projected the Blendspace and we went through it an activity at a time.  I made a Thanksgiving packet with some coloring pages and other Thanksgiving themed activities for the students to do while waiting on others to finish activities.

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Here are some of the activities that we did:

  • Making a Thanksgiving journal
  • Creating headbands 
  • Watching short movie clips
  • Comparing Thanksgivings
  • Reading articles
  • Making Mayflower munchies snack bags
  • Making Native American pictographs
  • Answering questions about the first Thanksgiving
  • Going on a virtual tour of the first Thanksgiving and the Mayflower
  • Doing a comparing sort
  • Making a word cloud
  • Writing an acrostic poem
  • Creating a Pilgrim journal of the Mayflower voyage

Day of the Dead Update

It has been awhile since I have blogged, so I thought it was about time to get back into it.  Dia de los Muertos is one of my favorite holidays to teach about!  Since my original Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead post I have made a few changes.

Here are some of the changed:
  • I have created a Day of the Dead presentation.
  • I also have the students make paper versions of an ofrenda.
  • I bring in cookies with skeletons on them.
  • I do skeleton color by numbers.
  • I have added some new videos.
If you want to really go all out, you can dress up!  Our school does positive book character day around this time, so I dress up as Maria in "A Book of Life". 

You can purchase this unit at my TPT store.