So many fun and exciting lessons, projects, and activities happen in the month of November in kindergarten, preschool, and first grades. And the Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook Group has over 7000 dedicated early childhood teachers (representing preschool, kindergarten, and first grades) who have a ton of ideas to share.
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Ms. Weaver from Boston, Massachusetts used real cranberries to make shapes and structures with her students. It was a great way to tie in nature, realia, and add some fun to your holiday lessons.
Ms. Stern from McKinney, Texas did this adorable turkey anchor chart. I love how she had the kids write the labels and they even colored them! And if you look closely you will see some turkey projects where they are holding signs to persuade everyone to not eat them! You can tell from the output that this was an amazing lesson.
Ms. Moore from Dallas, Texas started by making a great anchor chart capturing some adjectives for Thanksgiving. Then she had her students write some describing words about turkeys on brown bags, stuffed them, and stapled a bone in them to make these adorable turkey legs!
Ms. Kuty from Fredericksburg, West Virginia – “We made turkeys with sentences saying what thankful for. We drew and wrote about having the freedom to do our favorite things for Veterans Day. We will be reading Stone Soup and will create a recipe for it. We will then make it in our classroom. Students wrote invitations to parents and the principal to attend. We will Venn diagram different versions of the stories we read. We will also make block pattern turkeys and tally different blocks used.”
Ms. Kim from Simi Valley, CA had the Turkeys in Disguise in full swing in her classroom. This is a fun family project that is so simple for teachers to manage. Just send home a blank turkey with a little letter asking families to decorate the turkey however they wish! You will be amazed at what you get in return!
Ms. Taylor from Ann Arbor, Michigan did these directed drawing turkey paintings with her students that are seriously the cutest! “They are LARGE (almost kid size). We did them in 2 days, after talking a lot about turkeys. We did “a round body, a neck, and a round head.” Then the second day I put out orange and black for feet/beak and eyes then lots of pretty colors for the feathers. By the time they finish, the beak is dry enough to add the “snood.”
Ms. Gipson from Dallas, Texas had her students write stories about turkeys. Check out this adorable story:
Ms. Tolfson’s class made these fun American flag hearts with her class to celebrate Veterans Day. They are so easy to make with just construction paper. Assemble the hearts, trace a giant heart on the back, and then cut!
Ms. Kuhn from Calvary, Canada made these free Simply Kinder Veterans Day Thank You Cards with her class. They are a great quick way to say thanks and have your students practice writing.
Ms. Aten from Elm Creek, Nebraska made this fun bulletin board with her kindergarteners. Fun self-portrait projects and a little note from her and her class to all the veterans visiting – so easy.
Ms. Jackson from Ellston, Iowa made Yuck Soup with her kiddos in November. This is a fun snack-tivity that when used with the book reinforces reading and writing skills.
Ms. Jones made these amazing building block centers for her in-home preschool. Uhm – please send your kiddos to my classroom next year! These would make a great center for kindergarten and first grade too. And what I love is that they are SO STEAM and so developmentally appropriate!
Are you a member of the Simply Kinder Facebook Group? Lots of amazing ideas are shared there daily and it’s just a great support space for teachers and parents of early childhood kids!