Classroom management in November right after Halloween and before winter break can be super hard! If you loved our October “Fill the Pumpkin” printable, we have another great one for you! Use this “Fill the Turkey” printable and activities for a simple yet effective way to motivate students to follow directions, stay on task, work together, and MORE! Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade!
So you survived October with all of the extra candy and excitement, and think November should be a breeze, right? Unfortunately, this month can pose its own unique challenges. Students have been in school a few months now and they are ready for a break (as are you!) They start to get a little antsy and might need some help getting focused and back on task. Get practical ideas for your classroom and a free printable for November below!
This activity goes well with these resources:
Turkey Rhyming Books – Kindergarten Center$3.00
Turkey Sight Word Snap Block Center$5.00
Kindergarten Thanksgiving ActivitiesProduct on sale
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TIPS
By November, you’re probably a pro! But if you’re feeling a little frazzled (like most of us), just remember these basic standards:
- Keep the rules simple, easy to understand, and clear
- Model the procedures you want the students to do
- Follow up reminders throughout the day
- Communicate with parents/guardians
Focus on the positives! Students thrive on positive reinforcements. They love to be told when they’ve done a good job, no matter how small it may seem to you. Creative a positive environment leads to better relationships and students who will thrive in the classroom.
Some ideas of positive reinforcements:
- “I see that you asked ___ to come play with you. That was such a great way to be a friend!”
- “I noticed how quietly you were walking in the hallway. I’m so proud of you!”
- “What a good choice you made by coming to the carpet the first time I asked!”
Keep building those relationships! It’s so important to build strong relationships with your students. A classroom that feels like a family or community will run so much smoother, and your students will feel like they can really depend on you. Ask them about their weekends, their holiday plans, any fun vacations they have coming up, etc. They will feel so special knowing how much you care about them outside the classroom!
FILL THE TURKEY ACTIVITY
One way to keep students motivated during November is to use this fun printable, Fill the Turkey!
You can choose to print out the turkey and individual feathers to have students physically hang up or use one of the options to simply color in for even easier management!
This is so cute, fun, and easy to do- just fill the turkeys back up with feathers to earn a class reward. You can have students earn feathers for whatever you think works best: quick transitions, being good friends, being quiet in the hallway. The sky’s the limit! It’s important to set the expectations ahead of time though, so your students know exactly how to earn those feathers.
When the turkey is fully feathered you can choose a fun reward that all the students can enjoy as a class (further building that positive community feeling!) Some examples could be:
- Extra recess
- Short movie
- Pajama day
- Bring a stuffed animal day
- Free time Friday
It would be fun to have the students help choose what their reward will be. Take a vote, count tallies, get students excited and make that part a learning activity too! Remember to remind students that if their idea isn’t chosen this month, they can try again next month when we have a printable for December!
Have a classroom discussion on positive behavior choices! Remind them of your classroom rules. (Need a set? Check out this editable set here)
This FREE printable comes with a variety of differentiation options so you can pick what’s best for your students!
- 6 feathers to color
- 10 feathers to color
- Cut and paste feathers on the turkey’s body (Comes with 8 to a page but you can print as many pages as you want!)
Another differentiated idea is to do this activity with tables working together. Or maybe just a couple of students need this as an individualized plan? This could even work well with your own kids at home haha!
Free Fill the Turkey Printable
This free fill the turkey printable can help you this November! Make sure to grab it by entering your information below. You’ll unlock the freebie (even if you’re already a subscriber). Our freebie fairy (currently dreaming about all the great Thanksgiving food she’s going to eat) will fly that over to inbox immediately!
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Most Importantly, let us know if you love this November turkey printable so we can make a different themed one each month for you!
If your students love this turkey printable, they’re sure to love this turkey thankful flyer! You can find that here!
This post was written by Johanna, an experienced early elementary teacher who loves learning about new teaching ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade!