Thanksgiving Book Favorites

Here is a list of my favorite books to read to my class for Thanksgiving.

1) The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz 

This is one of my all time favorite stories to read to my kindergarten class. This is a wonderful story that you can read between Halloween and Thanksgiving. It is about the troubles an ugly “pumpkin” come across when no one wants him for Halloween. This book is great for social emotional conversations about feelings and acceptance. My students also love the ending and are repeating it all week. 

2) The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

This is also a class favorite. The book is written in the perspective of a little boy named Gavin and his cousin Rhonda trying to escape all the obstacles you find at a family Thanksgiving to get to the swing set outdoors. 

3) Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedmen 

Join Percy Isaac Gifford (P.I.G.) as he explains the rules to have a successful thanksgiving for loved ones. This story is cute and funny; one of my classes favorites! 

 4) Thanksgiving Is… by Gail Gibbons

All of Gail Gibbons books are amazing! I always include one of them in every unit. Thanksgiving Is.. is a wonderful book filled with facts and information on all everything Thanksgiving from the Pilgrims and Native Americans  to todays traditions.

5) Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

This book is always on my list to read to students around Thanksgiving. This book helps students understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving… giving thanks! This book has simple text and colorful illustrations portraying a family that gathers together to share in a Thanksgiving meal

What are your favorite Thanksgiving books to read in your classroom?

Thanksgiving Favorites

5 New Thanksgiving Freebies to Check Out

TpT Products for Thanksgiving

These are some new and FREE products I just love that would fit perfectly in your k-1 classroom.

Love this poem from the Curious Hippo

Turkey Sight Words from Eye Popping Fun Resources

This adorable craft from Little Kinder Bears

I LOVE this song and this book is great from Mrs. Perez

This science STEM project is great! I love adding S.T.E.M. in my classroom – From the STREAM Team

Here is my favorite Thanksgiving Freebie from my store

What are some of your favorite new and free items on TpT lately? 

Community Helper Week in Kindergarten

One of my all time favorite units to teach in kindergarten is community helpers. Below you will find resources and ideas you can use in your own classroom. 

Something that I do during my community helpers unit is to reach out to the parents. I asked parents to bring in “tools of their trades” for us to use doing free play and centers. We had an overwhelming amount of donations from my classroom parents. 

I have a lot of parents in my classroom that are doctors or physicians. They gave us some hairnets, gloves, and face masks for the students to keep. they also lent us some stethoscopes, a reflex hammer, and a lab coat. The students enjoyed playing doctor and listening to each other’s hearts. I also gave the students Bruce (my classroom bear) to use as a patient. The students loved playing doctor and veterinarian. 

We also had a lot of parents bring in materials for baking. The students loved using our play kitchen materials with the real kitchen tools. We had a parent lend us a chef hat and an apron. 

The students really enjoyed playing with all the materials that the parents brought it; however, the science materials brought in from a parents Lab job was the biggest hit! We had them practice mixing colored water using lab tools. The students loved watching the colors change while practicing their scientist observation skills. 

Now you cannot have a community helpers unit in kindergarten without inviting a member of the community into the classroom. On the last day of our unit, the Salt Lake City PD came into both kindergarten classrooms to talk about their jobs and their responsibilities to the community. 

The World Is in My Hands ~ Earth Day Freebie

 Earth Day is right around the corner. Decorate your classroom or your halls with this fun writing activity.

Take pictures of your students holding an inflatable globe or with a small globe. Print the pictures out and have them cut their silhouette. Have students write one or two sentences on how they can help the Earth. Have students color the background paper with blue and green. Students glue the paper and their picture on the background.

Click the image above for the freebie!

Healthy Hearts ~ NGSS Science for Valentine’s Day

My school has adopted the NGSS science standards and I have been busy trying to figure out the best way to incorporate them into lessons I already implement and have created. I have come up with a few science labs/experiments to do with the students. Here is one of my new ones that I am extremely excited to work on this week. I will update my post once I have conducted the experiment with the students.

NGSS Standard for Kindergarten: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals need to survive. Organization for Matter and Energy Flow. We are going to talk about how we need exercise to help keep us healthy. Next week we are going to talk about how we need healthy food to keep us healthy, and our teeth healthy.

Lesson Objectives: 
Students will conduct an experiment to determine what is the best means of exercise to increase our heart rates. 
Students will test out their heart rates with the following activities: dancing, running, jumping rope, and yoga. 
Students will construct and create stethoscopes to use during their experiment. 
Students will use real stethoscopes to listen to their heart beats during their experiment. 

Engineering of Stethoscopes:
Students will create their own stethoscopes out of the following materials:

Draw 1 1/2 inch lines around the tube. 
Cut the lines
Fan the tube over the tunnel. I cut off that little nubbin to help with taping 
Start to wrap the tub with tape around the funnel.

What it should look like when it is finished. 

 Now the students will have to do this on their own. This is very important when implementing the NGSS standards. The students need to come up with the best way to create this on their own. I am going to draw the lines on the tube and cut the tape for them, other than that…. they will need to make it on their own. Bonus: fantastic to help those fine motor kids!

Now on to the experiment

I will be using my science lab report poster that I created. I have created these science posters that you can print off with a plotter.

Problem: We know that exercise is great for our heart, but which of the following exercise will increase our heart rates the most. 
Hypothesis: The students will write down their hypothesis to answer what they think will increase their heart rates the most. The four exercises we will be testing are – jumping rope, yoga, dancing, and running. The students will record their hypothesis on these tickets. On the reverse is the conclusion that we will fill out later. 
Procedure: We will spend 5 minutes on each exercise. After each exercise we will use our stethoscopes to listen to each others hearts. We will also use real stethoscopes to listen to each others hearts. The students will record their heart rates on the following recording sheet. The first step to to have the students lay down, or rest their heads on their desks for 5-10 minutes. Tell your students that this is your resting heart rate and this will be the lowest on our recording sheet. We will compare what we think the speed of our heart is to our resting heart rate.
Observations: We will record our observations during each activity. 
Conclusion: We will take our hypothesis papers and on the back and fill out the conclusion. We will determine which activity got their heart rates up the fastest. 

I will update this post after completion of the experiment!

Hibernating Hedgehog Craft

Hibernations is one of my favorite units to teach to my students. The students love learning about all the different hibernating animals. One of my favorite activities is making hibernating hedgehogs.

The students made these awesome hedgehogs out of clay and sticks. They formed balls of clay and placed sticks to represent the hedgehog quills. The clay was made by a parent for volunteering hours following these instructions and the sticks were collected by a parent as well. The poem is from my Hibernations Centers

After we made the hedgehogs, we let them sit out for two days to completely dry. The students then painted their hedgehogs and glued in their eyes. The students LOVED making their hedgehogs!

Here is what the hedgehogs look like when they are finished, well almost finished. This is my hedgehog missing an eye!

Tricks and Treat Blog Hop

Welcome to Tricks & Treats Blog Hop!

I am extremely excited to be participating in this Tricks and Treat Blog Hop. There are so many fantastic sellers participating. I am going to keep this short and sweet.

For my Trick:

I have been trying to find the best way to store my clip boards. I use my clip boards for numerous activities in my classroom. I was scratching my head trying to find the perfect way to make them accessible, and have them stored in an easy to grab place.

Most of the items I purchase for my classroom, as well as, my personal life comes from Amazon. I love my Amazon Prime membership! If you use Amazon you will know that once your oder items, it tracks your purchases and gives you suggestions. I was looking on Amazon and purchasing items for around my kitchen. The next week, Amazon suggested several kitchen items from their store that I might want. Well… right there on my homepage was exactly what I was searching for to store my clipboards!

 I purchased 4 of these dish drying racks and I couldn’t be happier! I now have my clipboards in an easy grab location and each clipboard has a spot to sit.

For my *Treat*

I have two treats to give away for this blog hop. I have one of my favorite activities I have to use with my clipboards ~ Write the Room Centers! I am making my Fall Write the Room center free for the duration of this blog hop.

Click this image for Fall Write the Room

I am also hosting a giveaway for a 15$ gift card to Amazon so you can purchase a rack and try it out in your classroom!

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To enter this giveaway, visit my Facebook. Click the “Giveaway”tab to enter to win a 15$ gift card!

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Fabulous Fall Link-Up

The leaves are starting to change and the weather is getting colder, fall is here! 

I have been feeling inspired to create lots of fall themed products. I’ve been finding new ways to incorporate some fall themes. I’ve collected tons of acorns and am excited for my kids to use them as math manipulatives this week. 
Now for the link-up… add your favorite fall product!

Apples, Apples, and more Apples!

Our kindergarten classroom just finished our apple week and to celebrate we had an apple party!

Here are a few of the centers we worked on this week.

Rainbow Apples ~ Color Word Center
Students pull different color apple cards from a deck. They then select that color marker to trace “The apple is” for hand writing practice. The students then copy the color word from the card to fill in the blank.

Apple Lacing Center
Students worked on their fine motor skills this week by pretending to lace wiggly worms through different apples. The apples are labeled 1-6 with 1 being the easiest with the least amount of holes to 6 being the hardest with lots of holes.


Let’s Cook! ~ Apple Center
This was one of my favorite centers this week. Students used our pretend cooking set to “bake” different apple items. They followed recipe cards for apple pie, apple crisp, applesauce, and apple butter. They then record down how much of each item they used to make the apple dishes. The students loved pretending to cook delicious apple dishes. This was also a great math and following direction center.
Planting Seeds with Johnny Appleseed Center
Students used Gator Grabbers to work on their fine motor skills and math skills. Students glued apple seeds (I had a parent spray paint popcorn kernels black) unto their paper. They glued the number of seeds that the Johnny’s sign had posted.
Apple Write the Room
This is one of my student’s favorite centers. I hid cards around the room and they have to go on a “scavenger hunt” to find the cards and write down the secret clue on the back of the card. Because this is the beginning of the year I made the worksheet that correspond with the cards have a traceable print. The students LOVED this center.
Apple Letters
I created this center to help students with their writing and alphabet recognition. Students pull apple alphabet cards from a deck and use thin markers to trace the letter on their recording sheet. They trace the letter in the color that the card has the letter represented. They are the colors of apples, of course! Red, yellow, and green.
Apple Jacks Sight Word Center
To help practice the sight word “the” students used apple jacks and kid tongs to fill in the letters. Students loved the smell of their finished craft!
Apple Tasting
Of course we could not have an apple party without any apple tastings! We tried apple butter on crackers, apple juice, and made our own applesauce!





You can find all of these centers and more in my apple unit on