4 Favorite Thanksgiving Freebies

Hope you are surviving the long haul until Thanksgiving Break.  In my district, we do parent-teacher conferences the Tuesday before Turkey day.  So on one hand you are excited for those much deserved days off. On the other, it is stressful to think about all the work that goes into prepping for and holding 20+ conferences in one day.

If you are looking for some activities to get you through, here are my 4 favorite Thanksgiving Themed Freebies!

"The best part of Thanksgiving is shopping for the food." said no person ever.  I saw all the fixings for Thanksgiving when I went shopping today and, even though I love to eat it all, seeing it in the store made me overwhelmed! I am just not at the stage in my life where I could handle all that prep! #thankgoodnessformyparents

Shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner {A Math Activity}

BUT kids do enjoy it! Even if it is just for pretend.  This shopping for Thanksgiving activity by Blair Peterson gets everyone hungry and practicing real world math so it is a win win!  Students have a budget for shopping and get to choose what to buy.  Then they must add it all up and make sure they didn't go over.  It is always so funny to see what they buy.  You always have the one who doesn't get any turkey-ha! #nomeatthanksgiving #nothankyou

One thing my team does to stay sane is Thanksgiving rotations.  We each (5 of us) pick an activity to prep then rotate our classes which usually takes the whole day.  I pretend I teach middle school and do the same thing 5 times throughout the day! It's fantastic and the kids love it.  Last year I did this roll-a-turkey by Cori Bloom which you can find for free here---> Roll A Turkey

Next up is from my talented friend, Lauren, at Teaching in Stripes.  I am ALWAYS looking for engaging ways for students to show their place value knowledge.

How stinkin' cute is that turkey?! What I love is how you can so EASILY differentiate this activity for all levels of learners! Just assign different numbers and BAM--fits all the needs. 
Cute craft with a purpose--my fav!
You can never have enough turkeys! Pick this one up here in her TpT store for FREE!

This last freebie won't necessarily help you before Thanksgiving but it is definitely a great activity to reflect afterwards!  We all know the kids want to share all about what they did so it is a perfect time to encourage some writing!  I really enjoyed reading all about their breaks last year and it made me giggle when I read that the best thing one of my kiddos ate was pizza. #obviouslynotafanofturkey

Click here or on the picture to grab this freebie!

Well I hope you found something you can use! I'd love for you to share your favorite pre or post Thanksgiving activity!

Happy Teaching!


5 Ways to Stay Sane until Thanksgiving Break

This school year has been Tough with a capital T so far. 
And it has been a long, long time since a 3 day weekend (see: Labor Day).
I asked the following question a week ago...

{the answer is NO}

If you feel like you are on a treadmill going too fast and also that treadmill is underwater and you are drowning, you are probably a teacher and here are a few things you can try to make it to Thanksgiving break alive ; )

1. Find your anthem and play it as many times as it takes to make you feel better.  This has been mine: "Garden Party" by Ricky Nelson.  You are welcome to borrow it.

2. Binge printing. Since I bought an HP Instant Ink printer, my life happiness has increased 6.8% (The average is 5%.)  Now I print like there is no tomorrow.  The best part? Printing has no calories!!  There is just something about no limitations on everything I want to print that makes me happy.  It is almost like retail therapy but cheaper.

{sometimes I even print my plans in color #becauseican #sorrynotsorry}

If you want to know more about HP Instant Ink, read this awesome post from A Teachable Teacher.

3. Do some team bonding.  Go out to dinner with your colleagues.  Buy matching shirts to flaunt on dress down Fridays.  Send a ridiculous amount of group texts griping or celebrating about anything and everything school and family. Get your troubles off your chest and have a laugh.  Bring a special treat for lunch. ANYTHING to show your school family you care and also to commiserate with the ones who understand the most.

{I purchased these from Spiritopia on Etsy}

4. Start a new whole class incentive.  Have the reward be a movie and make sure they earn it.  Plan it for the day before Thanksgiving break and then everyone wins.

{Find the materials for this incentive here}

When all else fails...
5. Match their excitement. Stop fighting it and join in.  #ifyoucantbeatum Jump up and down to countdown to turkey day.  Plan FUN, engaging activities {see my plans for this week here} and remind yourself why you are losing your mind.  You are a teacher and it is Tough with a capital T. But you will have everything to be thankful for this Thanksgiving break.

Happy Teaching!


A Peek at my Election Week Plans

After 9 LOOOONG 5 day weeks in a row, I am so ready for a "short" week. AKA the kids are off on Tuesday and we have PD (that may not seem ideal but I will take what I can get!) We were originally supposed to have off Friday for Veterans Day but now it is a "mold make up" day.  #dontask

This week is all about comparing 3 digit numbers, reviewing adjectives (all of the below adjective activities are free!!) and comparing/contrasting story elements.  I just LOVE when there is a cross over of skills between subjects.  When anyone brings up something we did in math while I am teaching science, I go a little crazy from excitement! Connecting learning is what it is all about!


Truth: I do not even want to bring up the election in my classroom.  Yes, they are still sweet, innocent 2nd graders but man do they regurgitate the things they hear with preciseness (even if they have no clue what it actually means)!  So originally, like 10 months ago, this week would've been planned much differently.  Instead, we will read a close reading passage whole group.  I wrote it to focus more on the process and less on the political candidates.  Hoping that cuts down on any unnecessary drama. *crosses fingers*


If you would like to read more about the block of time which is WIN/Guided Reading and Reading Centers, check out my post here. 

In Social Studies, we are studying communities and I cannot wait to use some new S.S. materials because we are without any curriculum resources! That communities unit has EVERYTHING you need plus more!!! The centers will be a great review for assessments.

     And I couldn't make visual plans without setting unreasonable anchor chart expectations for myself.  In all honesty, I am lucky if I make 1/2 of what I set out to do.  #goalsetter

You can click here or on any of the above pictures to access the free Google Doc Download of these plans.  Once you download and save, you can click on the pictures to find the resource.  If you have any questions about my plans, leave a comment and I will get back to you : )

Happy Teaching!