Traditionally, my first graders get a little (let just say) spirited the week or two leading up to a holiday/break. Being prepped and ready with plenty of engaging learning activites is super important. Here's a peek some at a few Thanksgiving inspired math and literacy activities we stayed busy with this week.
We started off by making our Pilgrim Writing Craftivity. Our class cabinets have been embarrassingly bare for the past couple of weeks and these little Pilgrims look great.
On the backs of the Pilgrims, students wrote about what they are thankful for.
Some of our literacy time has been devoted to Thanksgiving themed literacy centers. I am so happy to see how much independence most of my students are gaining as we work through our year of math and literacy centers.
Speaking of math centers, those have been Thanksgiving themed as well. Math centers are an awesome way to provide ongoing review and to lay the ground work for upcoming instruction. The fact that they can be seasonally inspired makes them even better.
Another Thanksgiving related resource we used during our math time was my It's Turkey Time Math Mini Book. I made this book a couple of years ago and have been using it ever since. It includes word problems that review several of the skills we've been working on so far this school year.
If you would like to have a FREE copy of this math mini book, click on the picture below.
We wrapped up our week with a fun round of scoot. When I say fun, I mean FUN! My firsties think scoot is awesome. They love moving around the room or in this case switching from desk to desk. They get a huge kick out of scoot.
Since we have been working on subtraction the past few weeks, our scoot focused on basic subtraction equations.
If you would like a FREE copy of my Perky Turkey Subtraction Scoot, you can click on the picture below.
I addition to using this freebie for scoot with your students, it also works great as a math center or as a write the room activity.
Hope some of these activities are helpful to you during these last few days before Thanksgiving. If you are among the lucky teachers that have the entire week of Thanksgiving off...enjoy your well deserved break.