Thanksgiving Activities for your Kindergarteners and Preschoolers (That are not problematic)
Here are some fun Kindergarten Thanksgiving activities that are centered around turkeys. If you are looking for Kindergarten Thanksgiving ideas or Preschool Thanksgiving ideas, I got your November lesson plans covered.
Play Dough Turkeys
My students love this play dough center. In a tray, put brown play dough, feathers, goggly eyes, pipe cleaners, straws and gems. Then, let the students create. It is a great play based center that allows your students to be creative and build their turkey however want.
Build a Turkey Hideout with Cups
Your students will love this Thanksgiving STEM challenge. I printed out Turkey clipart from Creative Clips on cups and the students were challenged to hide the turkeys using the other cups to build a tower or hideout around the "turkeys". I reused the orange cups we used in October but you can use any plastic solo cups you have. This will be a popular November STEM challenge in your classroom
Gobble, Gobble Letter Name, Letter Sound and Sight Word Game
This letter game is perfect for November Literacy Centers. It is a great Thanksgiving activity and your students will love yelling "Gobble, Gobble"! It is a great way to increase letter sound, letter name and sight word recognition.
This is a rapid pace recognition game. The game is played by the teacher keeps the cards in her hand, she puts one at a time down, the student that says the letter name and/or letter sound first, gets to keep the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. You can play two ways: if the "gobble, gobble" card appears the game stops and the game starts over. Or what I found is that children just like shouting "gobble, gobble!" and you can continue until you get through the whole pile.
Another way is for students to slap the “gobble, gobble” and say “gobble, gobble”. The student that slaps the “gobble, gobble” card first gets to keep it. Or you can play like Slap Jack and have the whole group say each letter and/or sound in chorus and create a pile. The student who slaps the “gobble, gobble” card first, gets to keep the pile. Some students get too focused on slapping the card, so if you think students cannot handle playing this way, then just have them shout “gobble, gobble”.
Turkey Literacy and Math Centers
Your students will love these bright, colorful November Literacy Centers and Math Centers. Each center includes visual directions and Kindergarten Standards phrased in I Can Statement. These thanksgiving centers only focus on Turkeys. Play based centers are included as options as well. The sight word center has an editable version to fit the needs of your students.
Literacy Centers focuses on phonics, sights words, cvc words, letter sounds, and vowel sounds
Math Centers focuses on numbers 0-10, decomposing numbers 5-10, 2D shapes, adding and subtracting up to 10 and teen numbers.
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This Thanksgiving worksheet packet includes over 70 Pages of Thanksgiving activities that are geared toward Kindergarten. It includes companion worksheets to go with Balloons Over Broadway. The two turkey themed decodable readers that are differentiated and have two levels each so 4 books total. There are reading, writing and math worksheets.
Turkey Printable Books
These Thanksgiving books that are turkey themed are great for a quick November activity. There are two different levels for each book, so four books total. They are great for preschool, kindergarten or First Grade. They are quick to make just copy, staple and cut in half.
This resource has Thanksgiving writing prompts are a great Thanksgiving activity for kindergarten and first grade. Includes checklist for students to check their work when they done. There are thirteen journal prompts perfect for the two weeks and the 3 days before Thanksgiving break.
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