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A Thanksgiving Table Just for the Kids


Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house tomorrow?  Well I am, and I had more fun setting the kids' table than any other part of the hosting responsibilities.  The table is full of random assortments to keep our little pilgrim and Indians occupied and happy!
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Elf on the shelf Classroom Activities and Ideas

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Most teachers are winding down their Thanksgiving festivities and starting to plan for the few weeks of school before the winter holiday break. Let's face it students come back after Thanksgiving with Christmas on the brain and it's hard to regain their focus once the S word has been muttered....SANTA! Everywhere you look Christmas is already arriving, from Target to the Mall the halls have been decked and the toy shelves are stocked. So if you are looking for a fun way to keep your students on task and learning why not try introducing a little Santa's helper into your classroom. Whether he is store bought or handmade all you need is a little elf that can perch himself around your room. Each day he will report back to Santa whether your students have been naughty or nice, oh and of course he might cause a little mischief here and there in your classroom. We have found lots of fun ideas to keep your elf entertained while he visits your class, check out our Pinterest boards for some fun and creative ideas.

With our Activity kit students can write a daily report as part of their morning routine, creating a report that includes the date time and location where the incident occurred and documents your class elf's behavior while he visits. Students can also get creative and use the writing prompts to explore a little further. The kit also contains holiday word work and sentence activities where students will cut out letters and recreate holiday vocab words in the see, write, draw spell method.

Help the Elf on the shelf come to life with this cute kit. Keep track of your Class Elf with daily reports and journal activities. Keep students engaged and working during independent time with cute holiday word work or holiday sentence activities.
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http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/Simplysprout/elf-on-the-shelf-classroom-fun
 We would love to hear how you use the elf in your classroom, chat with us on facebook!


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Turkey Leg Anyone?

 
 
 
 
While the rest of the world already seems to be singing Fa La La La, I'm in  the midst of getting our home and my classroom ready for Thanksgiving.  We made these paper turkey legs today at home for the Thanksgiving kids' table, and I'm sure they will be a hit. 
 
Here's what you need to drum up some excitement with your little guests:
 
Brown paper lunch bags
White copy paper cut in 1 inch strips
Scissors
Glue
Pencil
White cardstock paper (for tags)
Twine (for tags)
Zipper top sandwich bags
Yummies to fill with: We used popcorn and candy corn (it's what I had in the pantry!)
 
Cut the bags about a 1/4 of the way down from the opening at the top.  Make some kind of yummy treat to put inside the bags.  We put our mixture into a zipper top sandwich bag first so that the popcorn grease wouldn't make our drumstick paper greasy.  Stuff treat inside open brown paper bag.  With your hands, crumple the brown bag to make it somewhat look like a drumstick.  Gather the open in and twist in closed.  Then glue the strips to the open on the bag and wrap around.  Use your scissors to cut slits in the white paper.  I used a pencil to roll the paper back a bit.  Make it real fancy  you know!
 
If you want to get real cute, print the tags below by right clicking on the image.  Copy and paste it into a Word document.  Print, cut, and tie! 
 
Now you just need some little turkeys to rip open their drumsticks and enjoy a fun treat! 
 
 
 
Turkey graphics by My Cute Graphics
 
Make this idea Simply Sprout in the classroom:  Type out a variety of different Thanksgiving themed words.  Cut into strips and drop 5-8 words in each drumstick.  When your students open their treat challenge them to write a Thanksgiving story using the words they found.
 

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Setting Sail on the Mayflower





I apologize for the horrid phone pics, but I had to share this fun impromptu activity we did today in preparation for Turkey Day next week.  We've been on a LONG learning expedition about explorers over the past 5 weeks.  We've had a lot of fun with it, but a couple of weeks ago we had a pretty lengthy discussion/debate whether or not we felt that the pilgrims were explorers or not.  Some students argued that you are an explorer if you set off into the unknown to you, and others said you had to be the first to journey somewhere.  This was a perfect jumping off place to discuss the pilgrimage to the New World, the pilgrims themselves, and of course the Native Americans that they encountered once they reached Plymouth. 
 
So this morning we started off our day "packing our bags" for our 65 day journey across the Atlantic.  We wrapped our mock journey up in one day...I get sea sick easily!  We talked about what a pilgrim might have packed, what necessities are, and what luxuries are when it comes to possessions. 
 
 
Love that this student packed her stuffed dog, brother (I taught him too and he's worth packing!), shelter, water, food, a LOT of books, and of course Trader Joe's.
 

 
Our science activity for the day was a lesson in buoyancy.  Students were given a small piece of modeling clay, a straw, and an index card.  With no teacher direction they had to design a ship that would stay a float.  I loved seeing how their designs differed, and the creativity that they put into these three simple materials.  After a bit of brainstorming time, I set up a few "Atlantic Oceans" around the classroom.  From there they were given the chance to set sail.  Many of them had to go back to the drawing board to design a boat that floated.  A great lesson in science and engineering!
 
For a free copy of the Pack My Bags printable visit my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.

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A Little Elf will soon be arriving to a shelf near you!


We're not ones to skip over holidays such as Thanksgiving, we're more inclined to milk holidays for all that they are worth around here.  However, with all this Christmas music on the radio already it got us daydreaming about our little Elf on the Shelf.  Whether it's in our classrooms or our homes, our elves make their debut right after Thanksgiving each year so that we can relish in all the holiday fun! So we thought we would help you out with a FREEBIE and a giveaway. It's never too early to start gathering those stocking stuffers and unique gifts, so be sure to go to the end of the post and enter into our Catching Fireflies gift certificate giveaway for a chance to win a $43 gift certificate.
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We just love the tradition of The Elf on The Shelf, and each year we try to come up with new and fun ways to keep it fresh. We hope you will give our little cards a try with your elf, use the blank one to add your own text. Be sure to see our friends at Frugal Coupon Living to see this and more ideas to bring those elves to life!

http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/Simplysprout/freebie-elf-on-the-shelf-cards

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Catching Fireflies Giveaway!

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Does your little elf leave stocking stuffers behind?  Well if you're looking for the perfect one of a kind stocking stuffers for your family, Catching Fireflies specializes in creative gifts and whimsical goodies that are sure to be a crowd pleaser Christmas morning.
Enter below for the chance to win a $43 gift certificate to Catching Fireflies.

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Simply Sprout Fans Get those stockings stuffed and enjoy 20% off  your purchase at
Catching Fireflies
use coupon code:SPROUT
for 20% off your purchase (expires December 15th, 2013)


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