Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thanksgiving and Veterans' Day

This week we began a two week unit on Thanksgiving.  This is one of my favorite units of the year.  The students always enjoy learning about the pilgrims and the indians and the many traditions that began at the First Thanksgiving.  

The students played literacy games that were Thanksgiving-themed at the computer center this week.

 Next Friday we are hosting a feast in our classroom.  We made some decorations for our classroom.

 We read the book, "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush", this helped the students understand about the Native American culture.

 An indian flower based on the book, "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush". 

 Indian crafts

 On Thursday, the cafeteria made a Thanksgiving feast for us to enjoy.  The students all wanted to enjoy the feast dressed as the Wampanoag Indians, just like at the first Thanksgiving.

 On the way to the feast.

 We spent much of our week learning about the first Thanksgiving.  We read books and used great Internet resources, like and, to help us learn.  We learned that the Pilgrims came from England on the Mayflower.  There were 102 pilgrims and the journey lasted 65 days.  The students are full of Thanksgiving facts!

We made a Mayflower of our own!

 The Mayflower is sailing outside of our classroom, all the "pilgrims/students'" are taking the voyage to Plymouth Rock.

 The letter of the week was Bb!  What a Brillant letter!
The students wrote a sentence in their journals about things they liked that began with the letter Bb.
"I like baboons."

 "I like bacon."

 "I like my brother."

 Bb "Show and Tell" - fooBall, Butterfly, BaseBall

 Bow and Arrows

 The first grade students performed their Thanksgiving themed-musical for us on Friday.  We enjoyed watching them, they did a wonderful job!

 We also celebrated Veterans' Day on Friday.  We had a wonderful veteran, Mr. Howell Purvis, visit our class.  He served in the Navy as a pilot and was also a secret service agent for five U.S. Presidents!!

Watch the video to see some of this special visit. 

 Happy Birthday, Austin!

 Student of the Week: Houston

Coming Up...
Phonics: Uu
Math: Larger Numbers, 11-20
Thematic Unit: Thanksgiving

Friday, November 18 - Thanksgiving Feast - Our class will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast in our classroom on this day.  The students have also been practicing a short play about the first Thanksgiving.  The fun festivities will begin at 12:00 PM.  We hope to see you there!

November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Holidays, No School

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