Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Festivities!

Hi friends!
I am back to share some of our third grade fun that has been going on in Room 24! With the holidays quickly approaching, we have been doing many hands on activities to keep the students engaged in their learning! I will be back soon to share our Christmas happenings, but this week I am going to share with you our Thanksgiving activities.

It all started with an activity that I absolutely love. Our classroom motto is "when you walk into our classroom, you are part of a family." We did an adorable community building activity in which each student was given a leaf to write his or her Thanksgiving family tradition on. Then, each student got to come up to the front of the class and share his/her tradition with the class. Together, we created our own turkey with our different leaves! The kids loved it, and it was a great opportunity to discuss how each of our families and traditions are unique, but that we still can come together as one big family! It also was really fun to watch the students strut their stuff to the front of the classroom and share their traditions. They loved telling the class, and it was so interesting to hear all the different traditions. We sure are an amazingly diverse group!

The kids also loved our Thanksgiving ELA activities. I absolutely love the story Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. We studied this book in great detail through sequencing, comparing and contrasting, describing characters, and through describing cause and effect representations. Check out these adorable 3rd grade Common Core aligned activities that go along with the book. You can find them here! 

 And of course, we had to do some fun pumpkin pie tasting during the Thanksgiving season! We practiced the steps of the scientific method through answering the investigation question "Can you tell the difference between tasting a homemade and store bought pumpkin pie?"

And the verdict was... yes. Yes, you can tell the difference! At least, my kiddos could! I love of all the Not so Wimpy's activities. You can find this one here!

And last but not least, we reviewed our multiplication models with these adorable turkeys! The kids absolutely adored this activity!

It's almost Christmas!!
Have a great rest of your week!

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