In our classroom, I think it’s quite obvious that we LOVE our holidays! Theme teaching makes planning for the month so.much.easier. For the next few weeks, we will be focusing on Thanksgiving, as well as continuing to use fall resources. For some reason, I love Thanksgiving! I mean, I obviously love decorating for the holidays, but I am alllllll about pumpkins and turkeys until Thanksgiving break. Plus, give me ALL THE MASHED POTATOES. Here’s a peek at some of my favs to use during Thanksgiving! Also, be sure to check out what I’m pinning on Pinterest for Thanksgiving below!
We have gotten into quite the routine of reading a picture book, retelling using a story map, and answering basic “wh” questions using my story time packs. The visuals help TREMENDOUSLY, and they help me stay organized and in a routine.
Easy Art Packs:
I usually try to tie in an art project after story time. During an art activity, we work on verbal and visual direction following, fine motor practice, shapes, colors, sizes, requesting, problem solving, and the list goes on! These activities cover so many skills and they they help us decorate our classroom and hallway with cuteness overload.
Photo credit: Alyssa from Simply Special Ed
Comprehension Sheets from Simply Special Ed:
I use these comprehension sheets with my level 1 and 2 groups (students that cannot read or write independent, but can point or choose an answer when someone else reads). The stories are only a few sentences and the picture cues really help them make connections. I print them in color and put them in sheet protectors so students can circle the correct answer with a dry/erase marker and I can reuse the sheets again and again.
Who/What Dabber Packs From You Auta Know
Moffatt Girls – No Prep Packs for Kindergarten
I place these in independent work folders for my level 2 students (students that need practice with basic pre-academic skills, but also have some good reading foundational skills – aka letter/sound knowledge, tracing, cutting, word families, etc.). I have the entire year bundle, so the students get used to the routine and are able to complete the pages with minimal prompting from me and they provide lots of practice for K skills! We use these in math groups as well.
Moffatt Girls – November Reading Comprehension Journals
I use these packs for one student who is on grade level with reading and needs a little extra practice with comprehension. The color coding system is AH-mazing and really helps prompt the student to refer back to the passage to answer questions.