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My Favorite Thanksgiving Activities for The Classroom During November

November is such a great time to be a teacher. I feel like at this point you are in the groove. You know your students, your students know you, full steam ahead. Interestingly, of all the holidays I have created content for, Thanksgiving has the most options, many of them FREE. Even better many of these Thanksgiving-themed resources are appropriate for the elementary, Middle School, and even High School Grades! As you plan for November, I hope you enjoy these activities and that they help bring an attitude of gratitude into your classroom. After all, if you can teach students to be grateful, you have truly given them one of life’s most important skills.

 

FREE Grateful Through the Alphabet

Like most blog posts, I LOVE to include Freebies for you! This Thanksgiving Round-Up is no different. November has a HANDFUL of Freebies available to you, keep reading for access to some fun, FREE downloads like these!

FREE Thanksgiving Trivia Crossword

Before we dive in, I want to let you know that ALL of these activities are available as a BUNDLE! Why choose when you shouldn’t have to right??? You can now purchase the Thanksgiving MEGA Bundle at Teachers Pay Teachers, and eventually in my shop! When you purchase the Mega Bundle you are able to save BIG and snag the following activities for a little UNDER $1.99 each! TPT actually warns me about listing my bundles at too steep of a discount… but I can’t help it! I would love for you to be able to justify trying all of these in your classroom! ***I’ve also included the November Morning Meeting Slides as a FREE Bonus with this Bundle 😀 

Click Here for More Information on the Mega Thanksgiving Bundle

Project-Based Learning: Plan a  Thanksgiving Dinner

Digital & Printable Version Available!

I had to start with my favorite. This Plan a Thanksgiving Dinner activity is based on the Project-Based Learning method, and it is FANTASTIC. The idea and need for this project came when I was doing a bit of planning our actual meal. I. HAD. NO. IDEA. The amount of math involved is staggering, let alone the analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating… Mr. Benjamin Bloom would be so proud.

This activity includes over 20 pages, click on the arrows to preview a few!

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This project involves a lot of math, critical thinking, and even incorporates some writing and design. All 100% real-world application. I know there are other products out there based on planning a Thanksgiving dinner, but this one goes a step further.

To see this product explained in detail, click here, or watch the brief video below!

This activity is extremely adaptable, and can be/has been implemented across a wide span of grade levels with ease! Just check out the reviews on Teachers Pay Teachers! With the activities, extensions, and versions I’ve included, this activity has been a new favorite in 4th grade all the way up to 12th grade, and because of my use of REAL recipes/ life skills… This fun little project has even found a home in many Family and Consumer Science Classes!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Digital Version of the Thanksgiving Plan a Meal PBL

I’ve also created a digital version of this product and added a few fun activities/ modifications that digital products lend themselves so well to!

Some of the modifications include:

  • Designing an Invitation using clipart & Text
  • Inserting ACTUAL images of what you will be serving to the menu
  • Links to shop ACTUAL Grocery Ads
  • Make A Plan Writing Page
  • Add pictures of your guests to the guest page
  • Create a Digital vision board of your tablescape inspiration

Both the printable and digital version of these products have their benefits and are sure to be loved by your students. This is one of my favorite products to read your reviews on. Hearing about how engaged your students are makes everything SO worthwhile. You can purchase these individually or save BIG by bundling!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

 

Disguise a Turkey: Digital & Printable Version

You & your class are going to LOVE this Disguise a Turkey activity! I have always loved the classic Disguise a Turkey project. However, I wanted to put a digital spin on this November classic that would be adaptable for your younger grades (where you typically see this activity) but I also wanted to create a product that would be appropriate for your Upper Grades. I could not be happier with how it turned out. Use this Digital or Printable Thanksgiving Activity as a whole-class, as a send-home project, or in your November Centers. This can easily be implemented in your traditional classroom setting, an all-virtual, hybrid, or even socially distanced classroom. If you are looking for a fun fall activity, Thanksgiving Craft, or November Project, this is a great option!

All of the pages in this Google Slide product are editable, & can be printed. This product includes both your traditional Disguise a Turkey printables, AND my new digital, EASY to use templates that allow you to build and customize a disguise for your turkey using pre-made shapes, picture placeholders, and a wide assortment of accessories to complete the look! Complete only the Turkey for an Awesome Thanksgiving Art Project, or pair it with the writing extension slides and write a narrative or persuasive essay for an engaging and effective ELA Thanksgiving Writing Project.

Parts of this activity (Like the Traditional Disguise a Turkey Printables with large dashed lines, and the Simplest Digital Template can be used in grades as young as 2nd grade! While at the same time I feel confident that the materials and templates I’ve provided will be a hit and new favorite in your upper grades as well!

This Product Includes:

  • 3 Completed Examples
  • Student Instruction Page
  • Google Search Word Bank
  • Digital Planning Page
  • 3 Digital Templates
    • Shapes: Students will click and move shapes to build a disguise, and change their colors by using the paint bucket in Google Slides. Also helpful but not required for students know how to arrange layers (Simplest Template)
    • Placeholders: Students will click and move placeholder shapes to build a disguise. Students will use placeholders to EASILY insert a picture from Google Search into their shape. Also helpful but not required for students to know how to arrange layers.
    • 3rd Template includes both Shapes and Placeholders.
  • Narrative Essay Graphic Organizer (Write a story about your turkey and their disguise
  • Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer (Write an essay about why the turkey should pick your disguise over your classmates, or write from the turkey’s perspective and convince your reader to have a different main course come Thanksgiving.)
  • Draft Page
  • Final Version Page
  • Digital Rate and Reflect Page
  • Printer-Friendly Versions (All slides can be printed, these are more ink-friendly)
    • Planning Page
    • Full-Size Turkey with Feather
    • Full-Size Turkey with No Feathers
    • Half-Size & Full Page Templates with Dashed Writing Lines for Younger Grades
    • Half-Size & Full Page Templates with Regular Writing Lines for Upper Grades
    • Editable Letter To Home
    • Editable Rate & Reflect Page

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

November Turkey Art Project &  Sensory Poetry Template

This is such a great Thanksgiving Art Project for both younger and Upper Grades. I love to use the Holidays as a time to review figurative language and focus on Poetry, Thanksgiving is no exception. These two projects work as a great and complete activity with the Art Project and Thanksgiving writing project! If you haven’t tried a Zentangle art project in your classroom. This is the perfect opportunity. The process is simple, however, based on the skill level of students the project can become as intricate and detailed as they choose. Another benefit is the supply list is SHORT. Literally, paper, pencil to lightly sketch, and a pen, or marker if you really want to make a statement. All of these can be found in your basic classroom with basic supplies.

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I’ve included a brainstorm page as well as a few examples to jumpstart and inspire your students. If you love Zentangles in the classroom make sure to check out:

Once the turkeys are done, I have students cut them out and mount them on construction paper. We display our turkeys and poems in the hall for November. More on the poem below:

This product also includes a poem template that supports students in writing a really fun sensory-driven poem. Students use a brainstorm page to think of emotions, sounds, sights, smells…etc related to Thanksgiving. Using what they’ve brainstormed they start experimenting with figurative language. From that point, they will move onto the poem template. The template will scaffold them as they create a really beautiful and rich poem that describes Thanksgiving from their point of view and individual experiences. The results are really delightful.

I’ve updated this product to include a couple of different options for students to write their finalized poems on. If you use Google Classroom I’ve also uploaded a FREE option that students can use to type and display their finalized poem. Click here for access to the Google Classroom Thanksgiving Poem Templates. Remember access is exclusive to members of On Lemon Lane. Not a member? No problem! Click here to sign up. Becoming a member is FREE, Fast, and Easy, Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

Grateful Gobblers: Digital & Printable

I call this activity Grateful Gobblers! A simple, yet fun and effective activity on gratitude that’s perfect for Thanksgiving, November, or even Fall! Students complete either the printed worksheet or digital activity to customize their turkey and its feathers to list the things they are most grateful for.

Use the templates to have students list:

  • What they are most thankful for in general
  • What they are most thankful for in relation to Thanksgiving
  • What they are most thankful for during Fall
  • …ETC!

If using the printable, students can simply draw or write on the feathers. If using the digital version students will use my EASY to use templates to insert pictures from the web, or pictures of their own! This product also includes a Digital Notebook Layout PERFECT for starting a Digital Gratitude Journal for the Month of November! You can also use this as a place where students explain and expand on the whats and the whys of their customized turkey.

This Product Includes:

  • 3 Different Digital Turkey Templates to pick from
  • 1 Digital Gratitude Journal Template
  • 2 Printable Turkey Options
  • Printable Lined Paper
  • Printable Dashed Lined Paper
  • Student Instruction Page
  • Completed Examples

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

The Thanksgiving Heroes You’ve Never Heard of Reading Comprehension

Thanksgiving, historically speaking can be a (and should be) a sensitive concept in the classroom. I think a great way to approach it is by using historical documents that offer different points of view. Specifically, the views of both the Wampanoag and English settlers. As an educator, you have a responsibility to educate yourself and your students from a place of accuracy and representation. This reading passage focuses on the letter written by Edward Winslow, as well as the friendship that was formed between him and Chief Massasoit. After all, if there was a message that should be known and celebrated today, it would be one of two unlikely individuals coming together under difficult circumstances and forming a friendship. This comprehension reading passage is great for November and a great way to open the classroom to a discussion about the actual history behind Thanksgiving today. If you would like to become more informed about the history of Thanksgiving and how the “celebrated” history differs, the resource linked below, along with this passage is a great place to start!

Harvest Ceremony Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth: A Study Guide

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

In My Corner Thanksgiving Edition (Digital Would You Rather)

Looking for a FUN Digital Thanksgiving Activity that’s Perfect / Appropriate for Upper Grades or your older students? This Digital Thanksgiving Activity Would You Rather Game is the Perfect Virtual Activity that can be used in the Distance Learning Classroom, Social Distanced, the traditional classroom, or even a hybrid! Students will LOVE creating their own “In My Corner Slide” A fun Digital spin on the classic Four Corner Game. In this, Digital Activity students will also enjoy interacting and CONNECTING with their other classmates using the questions that THEY thought of!

This product also includes 30 READY TO GO Thanksgiving/Fall Theme questions that students can respond to. This digital activity is editable through Google Slides. Not only is this spin-off of 4 Corners a fun way for students to get to know each other, but once you or the students complete the slides these can be a fun way to take attendance quickly each morning, a great way to start your morning meetings, exit tickets, OR use this as a game or center for your Class Thanksgiving Break  or Fall Break party.

This also can be such a fun way to practice and introduce opinion or persuasive writing as well! Pick a favorite slide, then let students list reasons and debates to back their opinions. Take notes and then try writing a brief essay!

This product was created for Upper Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, or Secondary Students. It can be completed in one class period, then stretched out and enjoyed. When teaching this lesson you can model each step thus allowing your students to get to know you, and form connections with you in the process! I’ve created a template that allows students to simply use a place holder for the image meaning they won’t need to worry about croppings or sizing their pictures to fit the slide! SO EASY AND FUN! This product was created in Google Slides and can easily be edited or assigned in Google Classroom or canvas. *** If using Canvas instead of making a single copy for each student to complete you will share the link to the presentation. This assignment was intended to be completed as a collaborative slide, not individually.

If using as a traditional Four Corners Get to Know you Game, use the pre-made slides, OR have the students create a slide with a question of their choice (I’ve included examples to help students brainstorm). You can then project the slides in your classroom and students will move to the corners of the room to show their response. I’ve included number pages you can print and hang in each corner!

If using as a strictly digital product, students will create a game piece and a “In My Corner” Slide. Students will use their game piece to show their response to each question by where they place it on the slide! Such a fun way to interact and connect digitally.

You can assign this as a collaborative slide and have students interact and comment with each other. Have students present their slide with a brief explanation of their question and a brief defense of their response. This can be done in the classroom or over a Zoom Call or Google Meet. Students can even meet as a small group in a breakout room during a zoom call with their other classmates that answered the same as they did! No matter what type of classroom setting you are teaching in, this activity integrates seamlessly.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • 1 completed example
  • 30 Ready to Go Pre-Made Questions
  • 2 versions for Student Game Pieces
  • Class slides up to 36 students (Let me know if you need more added)
  • Printable number pages to use in actual Classroom

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

What Actually was Served at the First Thanksgiving Dinner Reading Comprehension

This one is SO fun. In this informational text, students learn just how great the meal they enjoy today differs from the meal consumed during the first Thanksgiving feast. In fact, you may be surprised to see just how different they are! This is a fun and interactive, informational text reading passage. Students will enjoy learning more about the history of Thanksgiving and get a better glimpse as to what the colonists and Wampanoag people ate, as well as the impact the Wampanoag had on that meal. Take it a step further by downloading the free Tangram activity below! The two were created for each other and together make a wonderful and complete activity.

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Make a Meal: Digital & Printable Thanksgiving Activity

 

This project turned out really fun! Make a meal is where students create either a digital or printed representation of what they would like to see on their plate come Thanksgiving day! Maybe it’s the traditional Thanksgiving staples, maybe it’s a slice of pizza with a sprinkled doughnut to the side. Either way this is a fun project and a great way to connect with your students, while they connect with their peers. (Hello S.E.L.) This product also includes fun suggestions for extensions in addition to their digital (or printed) art.

Have your students write a poem about what they would rather see on their plate, or use the persuasive graphic organizer I’ve included to write a persuasive or opinion essay about why their picks are best and should be served every Thanksgiving!

Like in Grateful Gobblers I’ve included the digital notebook template. Use this template for student response, as a digital gratitude journal…etc!

I’ve added a few fun little details to the digital templates to make them extra fun. Notice on the tablescape there is a Food cover dome! I thought this would be a fun way for students to present their choice. With any student presentation I would suggest doing this in small groups, or even through breakout rooms over Zoom. ***Do not have ALL of your students present ALL of their meals in one sitting. Engagement will TANK. Instead spread them out over a few days, OR do them all at once in small groups.

As students present consider taking a running tally of the favorite foods. Use this tally to write out fractions, ratios, calculate percentages…etc. Then in the end rank the class favorites, or come up with the top favorites and have students group write a persuasive essay. Determine which is the top food to be served based on how convincing their essays are!

If you have other ideas about how to use this product or any of the others in the classroom, PLEASE leave a comment, I’d love to hear what you came up with!
This Product Includes:

  • 5 Different Digital Make a Meal Templates to pick from
  • 1 Digital Notebook Template
  • 3 Printable Turkey Options
  • Printable Lined Paper
  • Printable Dashed Lined Paper
  • Student Instruction Page
  • Completed Examples
  • Digital & Printable Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer
  • Digital & Printable Draft Page
  • Digital & Printable Parent / Assignment Letter

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Snapshots of Thanksgiving: Digital or Printable

Works as a Fall, Gratitude, Thanksgiving, or BACK FROM BREAK Activity

In this, Digital Activity students will also enjoy interacting and CONNECTING with their other classmates! This product mimics the idea of a social media profile, and is based on my best-selling back to school resource, “My Life in Pictures!” **Read the Reviews on this best-seller!

This digital or printable activity is great for Fall, the month of November, the week of Thanksgiving or even as a day after Thanksgiving Break craft. It was created for Upper Elementary, Middle School, Junior High, or Secondary Students, and can be completed in one class period.

I’ve created a template that allows students to simply use a place holder for the image meaning they won’t need to worry about croppings or sizing their pictures to fit the slide! SO EASY AND FUN! This product was created in Google Slides and can easily be edited or assigned in Google Classroom or Canvas. *** If using Canvas instead of using this as a collaborative slide back to school activity it is my understanding you will instead make a single copy for each student to complete.

Students will insert 8 pictures plus a profile image and type a brief explanation or think of a relevant hashtag! These templates are so cool because not only are they SO SIMPLE to edit, but they are also BEAUTIFUL and age-appropriate. I’ve included over 12 styles and themes to pick from. Each one fit to a different type of personality. These technically all could be printed, however, I have also included an ink-friendly PRINTABLE version.

You can assign this as a collaborative slide and have students interact and comment with each others. Have students present their pages with a brief explanation in the classroom or over a Zoom Call or Google Meet. Students can even share as a small group in a breakout room during a zoom call, or have 2-3 students share slides each morning as a morning meeting! No matter what type of classroom setting you are teaching in, this activity integrates seamlessly.

This Get to Know you goes BEYOND the basic… What’s your favorite food? What’s your favorite color? and really allows YOU and your older students to get to know one another.

This Digital Product Includes:

  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in a Distance Learning Setting
  • Instructions & Tips for using this product in your classroom
  • A Collaborative Google Slide etiquette & Page that students must initial before starting activity
  • A student instruction page with tutorials on how to complete the activity
  • 2 completed examples
  • 11 Different Digital Theme Templates for you or students to pick from (15 including ink-friendly versions)
  • 1 Digital Notebook Extension (Use as a Gratitude Journal…etc)
  • 4 Printer-Friendly (Ink-Friendly, Still editable through Google) Version

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

Harvest Moon: Digital Art & Poetry Project 

One of my favorite Autumn Art Projects was to have students create a beautiful watercolor sunset behind black silhouettes, This Harvest Moon Craft is a classic, and now available as a beautiful digital activity, through Google slides! Students create a scene by adding the black silloettes to their slides. They then make the picture come to life when they add the gradient filled digital sunset to their Google Slide. These make look complex, but this project is SIMPLE and would lend itself well across a WIDE span of grades. I’d even dare recommend this to grades as low as 3rd and as high as 12th!

If you are looking for an activity more Fall / Autumn themed as opposed to a STRONG Thanksgiving theme, The Snapshots activity above or this one would be your best contenders! This activity turned out really beautiful. I continue to be surprised with the type of digital art students can complete through Google SLides with EASE.

The template I’ve included allows students to create a Fall themed work of art with ease. The beauty of these types of projects is that not only are students able to foster their creativity, but they are also learning and reviewing KEY digital skills in the process.

Because Art pairs itself so well to poetry and ELA, I also decided to include templates to help your students write a fall \ autumn-themed cinquain poem. These turn out exceptional and are a great no-stress way to introduce poetry to your students. Cinquains are also a GREAT language review! Also included is narrative writing graphic organizers to help your students write a story that could take place in the digital illustration they’ve created. This product is a really wonderful and complete art project for your upper grades.

This is available in my shop, as well as Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

FREE The First Thanksgiving Dinner Tangrams

This activity is a wonderful stand-alone or follow-up to The First Thanksgiving Meal described above. Students will try to recreate 4 of the different foods that either were or according to historians, most likely were served during the first Thanksgiving.

Tangrams are believed to have been invented in China thousands of years ago. The traditional Chinese Tangram puzzle is a single square divided into 7 specific shapes. Students will use all 7 shapes to try and recreate the tangram puzzles on the challenge cards. Simply cut out the shapes and begin! This activity is perfect for centers or rotations or even as a fast finisher activity for November.

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FREE Thanksgiving Trivia Crossword Puzzle & Note of Gratitude

Gratitude is an action, and I am grateful for you! This Freebie includes an awesome Thanksgiving Trivia Crossword Puzzle that contains fun history and facts. As well as a coloring page, and a thank you note template. Students can identify someone they are thankful for and have an outlet to express that gratitude. Both activities are perfect for Thanksgiving Day. It would be great for Thanksgiving Bell Work, or November center or rotations!

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FREE Grateful through the Alphabet Activity

This activity gives me all the feels. This Freebie includes an awesome Grateful through the Alphabet activity where students are required to write something they are grateful for that starts with each letter. The more detailed and specific to them the better. Also, included is a thank you note template so students can identify someone they are thankful for, and express their Gratitude. Again this is a great November activity, Thanksgiving Day activity perfect for centers, rotations, or simply morning work!

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I hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite activities for the classroom for November and that these ideas alleviated some of your lesson planning! I’d LOVE to hear from you, comment below, what do you do in your classroom?

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On September 12th we were one nation under God.
Indivisible.
Seeking justice for all.
Love this beautiful depiction by @paigepayne_creations see her thoughts on September 12th below.
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“ And on September 12th, we all came together. We were one. My family was living in Scotland when 9/11 happened. It was everywhere, all over the news. In school the day after, we had a long moment of silence in remembrance of those who were lost. We continued to have an annual moment of silence every year after that. It was incredible that even thousands and thousands of miles apart, we were mourning with those that mourned. We were one. At that time, we all displayed what we are capable of. Even in the face of incomprehensible tragedy, humans are capable of immense love. Capable of setting aside differences and coming together as one. As we remember and pay tribute to the thousands of lives the were lost that day, let us also strive to be more like how we were on September 12, 2001. Full of love, understanding, and compassion for each other. “

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Just like @adifferentiatedclass (shown in picture) I made sets using Gallon ziplocks.
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If you are in a developing community with new housing I recommend a minimum of 4 bags 🙀
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How satisfying/ beautiful 😻 is this #classroomorganization tip by @the_organized_classroom
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Use paint swatches as a visual to help students sort supplies! Keep this is mind as you set up your classroom for the school year!
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This product is available in both a printable and digital version that’s completely editable through Google. If you have a student or child interested in Digital Design, this is a fun way to introduce and experiment with different design tools. Because there are so many different types of situations and circumstances when it comes to a father the words father or dad are never actually used. Which makes this the perfect card to give to any figure that has taken on that important role. Whomever that is, they should be celebrated!
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My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
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I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
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Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛
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Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
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Think March Madness + Fantasy Basketball + Lots of Math + A sprinkle of ELA = Engagement & Excitement & Learning 💛🏀💛
Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
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Also if you think your too late to the table, the only thing you are late for is brackets! The dream team activity can be started before any round! Second round would actually be ideal 👊🏻👊🏻 LOTS of FREEBIE extensions for this product that can stand on their own! Head to the website for more details!
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The most beautiful illustration by @paigepayne_creations Keep reading for some of the most powerful quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King’s powerful, “I have a Dream,” speech:
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“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.”
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“I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”
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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed — we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
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“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”
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“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.”
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“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
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🎉🎉VISION BOARD G.I.V.E.A.W.A.Y
YOU GUYS!!! This one turned out better than I expected 😍😍😍 EVERYONE NEEDS A VISION BOARD.
🍋 TEACHERS
🍋 STUDENTS
🍋....EVERYONE
This became more and more apparent as I created this product and researched the value in having one. Due to it’s late debut in the #goalsetting season you can snag it at 50% off (the lowest price it will EVER be).
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In a nutshell, you and your students will create a digital vision board that will act as a daily reminder when you set it as your computer, tablet, or smart phone’s new wallpaper or lock screen! I’ve created 26 EASY to use templates that create completely customizable and BEAUTIFUL designs, along with over 150 moveable “stickers” to make something truly eye catching (one of the requirements of an effective vision board) If that weren’t enough, I wanted to make sure you had the support materials to provide a really complete and educational project. So I’ve also included over 30 support activities, video tutorials, and extensions. Students will learns about vision boards, what makes them effective, the elements of a wellness, their circle of control, SMART goal setting.... and MORE! I know you are going to love this and so will your students. Even more, I know this has the potential to make a difference and lead to growth, and that is pretty satisfying. I’ve been working hard on this beauty and I NEED to get it in some classrooms!
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Each year our family gives a favorite Christmas book to some of our loved ones. (I wish I was able to get my hands on more of them!😭) With the passing of author Tomie dePaola, it seemed appropriate to give one of his. Reading this book, THIS year, made me cry. I struggled to make it through as it highlighted my weaknesses and put into words what I've been trying to set aside and not deal with. Last year I had great intentions of celebrating a more Christ centered Christmas, December arrived and again my intentions remained only that. Reading this story struck a cord in my soul. I'm old Befana. There may only be a few days left until Christmas, but I'm going to be intentional with them. On that note, I'll be taking a break from social and working to reground myself with the foundation that matters, and refocus my attention on Him. Love you all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Head to my story for a swipe up of a reading of, ”The Legend of Old Befana, ” by the late Tomie dePaola
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Excerpt from a personal post 💛 Thank you all for your patience as we welcome the newest member of our little family🍓
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2020 the Year of the Poppies
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“... You may not know this about me, but I love gardening, especially flower gardens. I'm no good at it, and again my good intentions out do any action on my part, leaving an often neglected and overgrown sight, however, I still love it and love learning, reading, and experimenting with different blooms. One of my favorite flowers is a poppy. I think there is so much to be said about and learned from these flowers. From the alien-like tubers you plant, to the fury foliage it produces, one would NEVER think that something so weed-like could ever produce such a gorgeous sight... And then... It does. Is that not life? Is that not 2020? This year has been hard for everyone, especially for some that I love the most, and yet despite everything, there has been beauty.

I truly believe that some of life’s most beautiful moments are produced after the hard or ugly. Is that not the Gospel and Hope found in Christ? Through His Grace the hard and ugly things we go through can actually be the source of something really beautiful, something better than we could have imagined, even a better version of ourself? 2020 has been hard, it’s still hard. But because of that hardness I’ve seen growth and light and beauty that I never would have expected. From repaired and renewed relationships, to a new focus on family and what’s really important, to things working out when they shouldn’t, to a beautiful new addition to our family... The increase is through Him. I think for me 2020 will always be the year of the poppies.
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EEK! You guys, I’m SO excited about this one🍋😍🍋 Introducing the Morning Meeting you NEED in your classroom. This one does it ALL.

🍋Digital Daily Attendance
🍋SEL Learning & Awareness
🍋Grit & 🌱 Mindset Challenges
🍋Daily Interaction & Connection
🍋Build Classroom Community
🍋Improve Organization
🍋Daily Challenges & Class Games
🍋Set-Up Routines & Structure
🍋100% Paperless
🍋100% Virtual Classroom Ready
🍋100% Any Classroom Ready
🍋EDITABLE
➕➕➕SO MUCH MORE➕➕➕
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I’m SO sure you’re going to LOVE it, I’m giving ALL of the August slides away for FREE! If you want more information on how and when you can download ALL of August, comment below! Don’t forget to spread the love by tagging a teacher friend that NEEDS this!
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Guys. I don’t even know where to begin.... Except be on the lookout for this fun little DIGITAL project to be added today!
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🍋Students come up with a One Word Goal for the school year/ first term...
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🍋Students then create a “quilt” piece of their 1 Word, using figurative language and pictures to illustrate.
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🍋Students will then upload their piece to a COLLABORATIVE Class “quilt”
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🍋You can then use this Collaborative Class “Quilt” to create a DIGITAL Bulletin Board for your Virtual Classrooms, OR print it off and assemble in your actual classroom!
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🍋More details coming soon! Comment below if you have a Virtual classroom you would like to try this out with!
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