I always use "'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving" as the lead up to our "Disguise a Turkey" homework project. I wish I had taken pictures, because I've had some adorable turkey disguises in the past. Oh well, I'll have to make sure to take some this year! Here is the turkey and letter that I send home for this project.
During the 2nd quarter we are also concentrating more on story elements - beginning,middle and end as well as setting, characters and problem. Here are some turkey-themed sheets that can be used with any of these books (or any other Thanksgiving books you happen to have!)
Turkey Beginning Middle End
In addition, I made up a game quite by chance one year and my kinders loved it! In our housekeeping center I always add some paper plates and a table cloth to match our themes. During Thanksgiving I had cute little paper plates with turkeys on them.Then I took a Pringles can lid - any plastic lid would do - and glued on an image of a farmer. Kind of like this one:
I also love to bring out my "friends" during November. These are great for retelling stories or having the children make up their own. I especially love the Audubon birds since they make realistic bird sounds and the children love to hear the turkey call. I am huge fan of Webkinz. My own children have quite a few and love playing the games online. I have a work order in to have a tech come download the Flash program so I can access the site on my Smartboard. Many of the games are educational AND I think it would be a great motivator to be able to play a few games at the end of the day.
I usually offer everything I make for free, but I made some games for my classroom that used clipart that is not allowed to be shared. I decided to put the unit on TPT just in case anyone else wanted it. It's 9 activities/games that focus on Base Ten blocks, addition, adding coins and counting by 2's,5's and 10's. If you'd like to check it out, click the picture!
If you want to see even more Thanksgiving TPT units check out this post at The ESOL Odyssey: