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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Gearing Up for November!

Hello friends!  I'm back!  I can't believe it has been a month since I last blogged.  In that time, I went to Disneyland with my dad for a week and then enjoyed my second week of track-out at home enjoying sleeping in a little later, working on some fun projects, and doing a little shopping.
I've been back at school for 2 weeks and we are gearing up for Pumpkin Week this week!  My kids did the class "YAY!" on Friday when I told them this coming week was going to be Pumpkin Week!

But, with the final days of October looming, it's time to start gearing up for November!  I've been working hard to get some of my Thanksgiving products updated, plus some new ones!

First, I updated my November "Party Like a Pilgrim" math centers.  Last school year, I began creating monthly math centers.  As the year progressed, I got better at it, design and content wise, so this year, it was time to go back and revamp some of the early sets.

Come the holidays, I am all about reading holiday-specific books, but I also need to be able to keep my kids accountable for their learning and applying reading skills and strategies we have learned.  These activities are perfect for those short, holiday weeks where they kids are wired and antsy.  
This year, I added a new book to this set - The Great Thanksgiving Escape.  All of the books included in the set, I have gotten from Scholastic Reading Club in previous years.  If they are not available from Scholastic anymore, you can find them pretty cheaply on Amazon.

The Great Turkey Escape
The Amazing Turkey Rescue
The Silly Turkey Party

One is a Feast for a Mouse
'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving

Who Will Carve the Turkey this Thanksgiving?
The Great Thanksgiving Escape

After updates - it was time for some new Thanksgiving goodies!  I have fallen in love with making writing craftivities - that's for sure!  This Gobble Up! set includes 6 crafts plus writing prompts for each (some duplicates), and once assembled, the character that is made looks like it is holding the student's writing, wit the exception of the Mayflower craft.  These are perfect bulletin board activities!

Mayflower Boy and Girl

Native American Boy and Girl

Mayflower and Turkey

I think my favorite is the googly-eyed turkey, but I also love the Pilgrim and Native American ones too!  I can't decide which ones I want to use for my bulletin board for November. 

Speaking of my November bulletin math, we have finished double-digit addition, and just started double-digit subtraction with regrouping this past week.  So I'm thinking the first week of November is a perfect time to work on a review of both skills!  So I made this cute Recipe for Regrouping double-digit addition and subtraction activity that ended up as a forever freebie in my TPT store!

Students have to use the picture code at the top to write, and then solve the problem.  3 addition and 3 subtraction, all with regrouping.  I'm thinking I'm going to pair this with one of the crafts from my Gobble Up! set for my bulletin board.

And last, but not least, I created It's a Pilgrim Party - 5 ELA and 5 Math centers for Thanksgiving - these are also perfect for those short holiday weeks - keep the kids moving around the room and learning at the same time!

ELA skills include grammar, facts/opinions, parts of speech, ABC order, and phonics (making words from a word)

Math skills include double digit addition (with and without regrouping), place value, word problems, money, and telling time

The holidays will be here before you know it!  Our state fair finished up today, and with that the holidays just roll right in and don't stop!  Halloween, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas!  2 months till Christmas - that means its an acceptable amount of time to start listening to Christmas music right?!?! 

I'm already working on updates and new things for December!  I'll be back at the end of November to share with you what we will be up to in December.  Hopefully I'll be back before then with other stuff too!

Have a great week y'all!


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