Thanksgiving: Schedulin Sunday

Happy Schedulin’ Sunday!  This week we are kicking off our Thanksgiving Research Project!  And we are continuing with the next component of our TKS BOOTCAMP curriculum:  Word Family Bootcamp!  And we’re also working on addition story problems!

Lesson Plans For Word Family Bootcamp, Thanksgiving and Addition Story Problems 

Here are our lesson plans for turkeys, pilgrims and more!    Click the image to download my lesson plans!

thanksgiving lesson plans

Morning Meeting

This week our morning greeting is Hello Neighbor.  It’s a whole group greeting where we use a chant to greet each student.

You can find all of the details in our Morning Meeting Greeting Resource.

morning meeting greeting ideas

Our morning meeting activity this week is Quiz Quiz Trade.  This week we will be reviewing beginning sounds.

You can find our Quiz Quiz Trade resource here!

quiz quiz trade

Word Family BOOTCAMP

This week we are continuing WORD FAMILY BOOTCAMP!  Word Family Bootcamp works a little differently than ABC BOOTCAMP.  We still create circle maps for the word families, but we do a word family for 2 days.  Day 1 is the circle map.  Day 2 is building, reading and writing the words!  This week is -op and -ot words!


During small groups, we’re using the Word Family Bootcamp Decodable readers to work on our decoding and blending skills!  These books have been a huge hit with the kids and have really boosted their confidence in reading and writing words!

word families kindergarten

For more on Word Family Bootcamp, check out this post!

Thanksgiving Research Project

kindergarten social studies lessons

This week we’re starting our Thanksgiving Research Project.  NOTE:  This research project is all new!  It’s much more ink friendly and teacher friendly!  Includes art ideas, food ideas, book suggestions and centers!

As with most of our research projects, we start with our schema map.  Students provide the schema (or what they know) and we add to our schema map.  As we learn about Thanksgiving, we add new learning to our schema map.  This year, we’re changing up our Thanksgiving unit.  Instead of a week on turkeys, a week on pilgrims, and a week on Native Americans, we’re doing a 3 week Thanksgiving unit where we incorporate all aspects of Thanksgiving.  The idea is to give students a better idea of how all of these aspects of the holiday connect and to provide them more context.

That means only one schema map about THANKSGIVING!

This week we will do a turkey tree map, a pilgrim tree map and a Venn Diagram to compare ourselves to the Pilgrims.  We will also label the parts of a turkey.


Of course, we are also doing some fun Thanksgiving art projects!

turkey craft ideas thanksgiving art ideas

For more Thanksgiving fun and learning, check out these posts!

Sight Words

This week our sight game is turkey in the bag.  We put our words in a bag along with a turkey card or two.  We pass the bag.  You choose a card.  Read the word.  If you read the word, you keep the card.  And if you can not read the word,  return the card to the bag and pass.  But if you get the turkey you get GOBBLED and have to put all of our your cards back!  Check it out in action:

Math:  Addition Story Problems

In math we are working on addition story problems.  We have already introduced the idea of addition means put together.  Now we’re extending that into concrete story problems.  It’s pretty simple.  I’ll tell a simple story and we will use manipulatives to solve the equation.  Here’s my plan:  

I will draw a large turkey with no feathers on bulletin board paper.

Then I’ll make some large feathers from construction paper.

I’ll tell a story of a turkey with some feathers.  And how he got more feathers.

We will add and solve.  And on day 1, I’ll write the equation on the board.

On day 2, it’s the same thing.  But the students will write the equation.

Day 3 will be a hands on addition task that the students will solve with a partner using manipulatives.

Day 4 will be small group work using the idea you can find above called Turkey Subtraction.  But we will be adding feathers!

And I will be wearing my turkey costume.  Mic drop.

Mad Science Thursday

This week our  Mad Science science experiment is Exploding Ghosts (or turkeys)!  This is a new mad science experiment for us so i’m excited to see how it runs out.  It uses water bottles, vinegar, baking soda and balloons!  Stay tuned!

kindergarten science

Foodie Fun Friday

This week we are making a turkey snack using cups, a turkey face, peppers and ranch.  Because everything is better with ranch!

turkey snack idea

These are the creations we are using in our classroom this week!


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