It’s hard to believe that in just a few more days we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and getting ready for my FAVORITE holiday…. CHRISTMAS! Doesn’t it feel like just the other day we were ringing in the New Year… so where has 2014 gone? Now’s the time of year where our children get rambunctious, our schedules fluctuate (due to special performances), and where we teachers begin a countdown of our own! So if you’ve been a little hectic these past few days and haven’t settled on what to do next week, THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING (yes, it’s already here), I may have something for you… just keep on reading. For the past several weeks my students have been learning ALL about multiplication and division. So in order to practice these skills in a fun and turkey-licious way, we are going to be making these… The best part about these turkeys besides the fact that I think they’re just SUPER CUTE is that each feather has a different word problem written on it. I actually made a set of feathers with word problems focusing on multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction so that I can differentiate instruction with my kiddos.. WIN WIN!!! This craftivity is FREE in my TPT store: The patterns are all there for you. All you have to do is decide which skill you want to target and then print the corresponding feathers. It’s that easy!!! Yay!!!! If you’d like to read my post from last year and take a look at a few more pictures of this resource in action just click here. Another resource that I’d like to share with you that I discovered late last year is Mrs. Goodwin’s Pilgrim Reading and Writing Playlet. In her FREE packet I found a FABULOUS reading on the life of a pilgrim child. My students absolutely got a kick out of reading all about the pilgrim CHILDREN. It’s not the usual information that we expose the children to around this time of year. They’re used to reading about the big feast and the Indians, and I think that it’s important for our students to know this. But I also think it’s great for them to see what life for Pilgrim children was like. Another thing I love about this resource is that it comes with comprehension questions. Check it out, you’ll be glad you did! Lastly, I’m making copies of my… with the following writing papers… We’ve been learning about Point of View so I’m going to let my kiddos choose to write a story about Thanksgiving from a turkey’s point of view or a story about a child from a Pilgrim child’s point of view. After reading about Pilgrim children and what life was like back then, I’m sure I’m going to get some interesting stories…. I can’t wait to see what they come up with because I have a creative bunch this year! Before I sign off I’ve been wondering… how many of you actually have a Thanksgiving feast with turkey, mash potatoes, and pie with your class?