Building Thanksgiving Traditions With Young Children

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From memories from my own childhood, to memories I have made with my own children (and now grandchildren), to memories I have made with thousands of kindergarten children, celebrating the traditions of Thanksgiving will never get old.

"Build a Turkey," an alphabet fluency game.

"Build a Turkey," an alphabet fluency game.

Playing a game from our Thanksgiving Unit, "A Feast for All!"

Playing a game from our Thanksgiving Unit, "A Feast for All!"


Make it More Fun With Music


I love the great Thanksgiving songs that are intertwined with those memories such as these: 

HMK Thanksgiving 2013


Thematic Fun!


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There are so many great activities, videos, books, and songs that make the season a memory builder as well as a great vehicle for teaching academic and life skills.

Our Thanksgiving Unit is stuffed full of great ideas. This Thanksgiving unit is divided into areas of literature, media, music, art, literacy activities, math activities, worksheets, science activities, creative writing, word wall words, and guided reading. The activities are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation.

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Contents Include: 

Literacy Activities:
Hop To It: Identifying Letters and Sounds
Turkey Lurkey: Producing and Generating Rhymes.
Turkey Twist: Kinesthetic Practice With Letter Recognition
Dinner Rush: Naming & Generating Beginning Sounds
Thanksgiving Races: Developing Fluency
Rhyming Worksheet


Math Activities:
Turkey Guesses: Making Estimates
A Feast For All: Counting Objects to Show Physical Representation of Numbers
Thanksgiving Feast: Counting Forward From a Given Number in a Set of 10
The Turkey Dance: Identifying Numbers and Recording Results.
Thanksgiving Parade: Ordering 1-10 Ten Frames
The Turkey Bowl: Comparing Groups of Objects

Songs:
Gobble Gobble Gobble
5 Fat Turkeys
I Like Turkey
A Very Fine Turkey


Writing Prompts/Word Wall (Style Choices)
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I am Thankful For
Thanksgiving Word Wall

Art Projects:
Handprint Turkey
Easy Construct Pilgrim
Construct Indians
Tangram Indian
Draw a Turkey

Guided Reading Books:
Happy Thanksgiving

Social Studies:
Pilgrim Kids: Compare and Contrast Facts


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