Printable December Journal and Writing

Hello there! I have  been a busy little elf fixing up some of my very first products. In just 3 days it will be my “One Year TPTiversary”, and I’m a little embarrassed about some of my earlier packets, so I am busy working on revising, as well as uploading new things!

My newly revised today is:

December Writing!

I have revised this pack to be much more like my other monthly packs! (The only month left to update is January and then i’ll be able to bundle the whole year :-) )

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Turkey and Thanksgiving Fun Activities!

These fun Turkey and Thanksgiving activities are perfect for the days prior to Thanksgiving!

Turkey and Thanksgiving Fun!  blog.printableprompts.comInside, you’ll find web and All About writing pages for Native Americans, Squanto, Pilgrims, and Turkeys.

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I have lots of books about Thanksgiving, but really like the video about Thanksgiving, which is currently one of their free videos!

Then, I have included an original poem and a Turkey in Disguise project!

The students read the original poem, and then disguise their turkey using paper, pom poms, whatever you want to pull out of the closet for them to use.

Then, they write a letter to someone convincing them that they are NOT a turkey, but actually the thing they are disguising them as.

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Also included is an “I am Thankful for the small things” activity. Materials and instructions are provided for students to write about some of the small things they are thankful for (scissors, paper etc). It’s a fun way to think outside of the box. I like to follow up my studies of the Pilgrims and Mayflower with this activity, when the students realize how different life was for the Pilgrims.

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The writing pages shown above would also be great for doing any kind of Thanksgiving writing.

Thanksgiving Word Work!

Included is a practice page, and spinner/ bump game for each of the short vowels. They are all CVC words for this portion, which makes them great for kindergarten or first grade. I have also included a spinner and bump game for digraphs.

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Finally, I have included some more spinners,  but with numbers! These are great because the spinners are differentiated with numbers, and the recording sheets are also differentiated! This way you can choose the spinner and recording sheet just right for your students!

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Creating Together!

Mystery Bag Challenges!

Twice during the week, I gave my students Mystery Bags! Inside, there were a number of arts and craft type materials. Their challenge was to create something together using the materials.

All throughout the week, we added to a list of “What Makes A Good Friend & Partner”.

We were able to add things before and after each activity.

For the first activity, I gave students pipe cleaners, tin foil, and cotton balls in a paper bag.
They had 10 minutes to create something with their partner. I didn’t expect them to use the bags, but many of them did! Pictured below is Rainbow Town, Spider Hut, and a fishing boat with a shark.

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I LOVE how this activity encouraged the children to negotiate with each other. They decided to add “Patience, Listening, and compromise” (after I taught this word to match what they were describing) to our list of Good Friend/ Good Partner work.

We did another challenge with clay, a paper plate, and a mystery object (different for each group). I didn’t take any pictures, but they worked together even more smoothly this time. It surprised me how many students didn’t know what to do with clay though.  I think next time i’ll give each group a little more time to explore their materials before getting started.

All of this was combined with our informational study of owls. At the end of the week, after learning and writing all about owls, the students used these wonderful Nocturnal Animals books by Pebble publisher to research and make a poster about a nocturnal animal. We took out the list of Good Friend/Good Partners behaviors before getting started which reminded them to use their working together skills when completing academic tasks too!

Here is some of their work!

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Creating a Collaborative Creative Classroom

“Teach the whole child..” they say. What they often mean is teach the kid to read, write, add and subtract. And coloring? Well coloring might be a waste of valuable “learning time.”

Well, this week my main goal in the classroom was Creating and Kindness, and ironically creating kindness.

There were 3 major goals for this week and all of my language arts (and a new Team Time)

1.Help my students appreciate each other

2.Help my students communicate with each other

3.Help my students learn to work together/ create together

My rationale:

It has become clear in the past few weeks, whatever the underlying cause, that my students are lacking the creative  inspiration that has come more naturally to my students in the past. They “don’t know what to write”. They “don’t know what to draw” and they “don’t know what to say”, when the answer is not directly in front of them or clear.

They have also had some trouble getting along kindly with one another. There are lots of “That’s not fair!”comments coming from them instead of celebrating accomplishments of one another.

So here we go with part-by-part- ways to help build this community and “the whole child.”