Here were our plans for our Thanksgiving theme:
And here are the details for each activity:
Madelynn is a bit young to really get to into the story of Thanksgiving, so I kept it simple with The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy Skarmeas. Then we worked on a quick vocab matching activity. I chose the 5 words from the story that will best help her understand Thanksgiving in the future. I emphasized the beginning sounds to help her choose and match the correct word to the picture.
Our next read aloud was I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson. After reading, I taped a picture of the little old lady to a wipe container then gave Madelynn pieces from the story. She fed them to the little old lady while retelling the story in order.
For our journal this week Madelynn chose to draw and label a turkey. She drew a large turkey with colorful feathers.
For our next sorting activity we focused on sorting by color. I set up bins with colored turkey labels on each one. Then I gave Madelynn a bin full of different colored play food and she fed each turkey the correct color food.
For our last sorting activity, we practiced sorting in 2 ways. First Madelynn sorted feathers by size.
Then, she sorted the same feathers by color.
Turkey Number Mats:
On this tray: brown play dough, pipe cleaners, foam shapes, googly eyes, colored feathers
Texture Paint Turkey:
For this turkey project we started by painting a paper plate brown. While that dried we painted each feather different textures by stamping it with different fall materials (pine cones, small branches, and leaf stamps). After all of the pieces dried, we added paper cut outs for the turkey face and attached the feathers behind the paper plate.
I’ve been wanting to try directed drawings with Madelynn for a while, so this week was the perfect time to give it a try with a simple turkey. For the directed drawing I drew one part of the turkey at a time on my paper, and Madelynn followed along by drawing the same or similar shape on her paper. She is quite the perfectionist, so I had her use a pencil in case she wanted to erase try any part of the turkey again. Then I quickly outlined the entire turkey with a black crayon. (You could definitely skip the pencil and start with a black crayon to save time.) To finish off the project, Madelynn used watercolors to paint her turkey.