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Friday, November 9, 2012

Veterans Day and Thanksgiving

Today, my students made these really cute soldiers, courtesy of Miss Kindergarten. They had so much fun making them! One of my first graders suggested I make name labels for them. I blackened out their last names, but, you can still see what I did.



Before they made the soldiers, the children learned all about Veterans Day by completing some fun activities in this Veterans Day packet by Gladys, from Teaching in High Heels.


We also began talking about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I always begin by reading this book by Ann McGovern.


I started my Thanksgiving stations in kindergarten. One of my stations is to make this cute, long-legged turkey.


Sadly, I can't remember where I got this idea from. Last year, someone posted this idea using painted paper plates, but, I used construction paper, instead. If anyone knows where I got this idea from, please let me know so I can credit this talented teacher.

My students are also having fun playing a beginning sounds game:

Matching rhyming words:

And, unscrambling sentences.

These activities can be found in my Kindergarten Thanksgiving Activity Pack, by clicking on the image below.

I noticed I made a small mistake on the answer key for the scrambled sentences. I apologize for that. I've been trying to re-upload the fixed answer key to TpT all day today, but, it's not working. If you purchased the product already and would like the fixed answer key right away, just shoot me an email and I'll get it right to you. For my students, it made for a great lesson on editing! They noticed right away that one of the sentences had two extra words! I was so proud of them, but, felt terrible that I let that slip by.

On a personal note, today, I had to say goodbye to my student teacher. I can honestly say that she is a wonderful person and will make a great teacher. My students and I were a bit teary because she has really become one of the family. One student was teary and another one told her not to cry, but, to remember the happy times. Right after the children went home, I received an email from a parent, letting me know that her daughter was so upset it was her last day and asking if I could email her a picture of her. How sweet! My student teacher knows I love yorkies and gave me this adorable stuffed yorkie. Here's what happened when I introduced one of my yorkies to my new furry friend.


It's hard to tell which one is real, right?!
Claudine, if you read this post, please know that I love you to pieces and will miss having you by my side. 

I'm linking up with Amanda at Teaching Madness!
Let's see your best photos from the week!

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18 comments:

  1. Oooohh I love the name tag idea! My kids are working on theirs Monday, I might have to just snag that idea! Your Thanksgiving stations look fabulous! Love!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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    1. Thanks so much, Nicole! Email me if you want to use my label template. It will be easy for you to change the last names.
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  2. I love all the projects!

    The turkeys are soooo cute. Love the real and stuffed yorkie!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher
    Endless Pinabilities!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tanja! The turkeys were a bit challenging to make, but, they really enjoyed the process.
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      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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    1. I can't thank you enough for making ANOTHER cute craftivity! Keep up the great work!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  4. Love the soldiers! We did ours today too. I think I need to go back and add those name tags- they are too cute!!

    Also, I believe the turkey's came from the fab Deanna Jump :)

    Color Me Kinder

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    1. Thanks so much! Email me if you want to use my label template.
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  5. I love all the things you do in your class, it always looks like such fun!!


    Aloha,
    Corinna
    Surfin' Through Second

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    1. You are so kind, Corinna! Thanks for visiting!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  6. I want to be a student in your class. You're having too much fun:) Love the ideas thanks!

    Heather
    The Busy Busy Hive

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  7. Today was my student teacher's last day, too!!! What will we do next week?? ;) Your soldiers turned out AH-DORABLE! LOVE! Your projects are always the cutest!

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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    1. So sad, right?! I am dreading next week and all the things I'm going to forget to do! Thanks for the kind comments and for the opportunity to link up.
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  8. Ahhh! Love the pup picture! Looks like you had a great week! Sad to see your student teacher go, though...

    On another note, I spy your name on all your pictures. Good job, girl (wink, wink!)!

    Megan
    www.mrswheelerfirst.blogspot.com

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    1. Megan, I'm finally remembering to label every picture and debating about whether or not to go back and label all of them.

      Tell Muffin that Max says, Woof!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  9. Lori-
    Those turkeys are SO cute! We are doing your scrambled Thanksgiving Sentences next week in our Literacy Centers and I am sure my students will love them!

    On another note, every time I see a picture of your dog I think, Hmmm, maybe I should get a dog... I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing!!

    Kristen
    A Day in First Grade

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    1. Thanks so much, Kristen! And, yes, you should definitely get a cute little furry friend!
      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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