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'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving STEM, Craft, and Retelling!

I am beyond excited to have finished up with a fun book unit for 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving!  This is sure to make a great school week!  Click any picture or HERE to check it out!

STEM Activity

The students get on the bus with their turkeys under their shirts, but the bus won't start!  So, they have to find a way to get past Farmer Mack Nuggett.  They can go around him, under him, or over him!  Students will plan, build, test, and reflect on their idea!



Maybe students will build an underground tunnel to get past Farmer Mack Nuggett!

Retelling Activities

This book really lends itself to retell or sequence a story!  First, you can do this whole group using a pocket chart!  You can discuss characters, setting, events, problem, and solution!  Then, you can have students cut/paste the events of the story using a simple worksheet.  Lastly, students can use this FREE retelling bookmark and puppets to practice retelling the story with a partner!



Just want the retelling bookmark?  You can download it free HERE!


Opinion Writing and Craft

Next, I have a fun opinion writing!  In the story, the kids hide the turkeys under their shirts.  Make this craft (boy or girl) with a flap that has a turkey under the shirt!  Then, students write about if they would save or eat the turkey.

Disguise a Turkey

This is a FREE product in my store that I also added to this book unit!  Do this as a family or classroom project! To learn more about it you can click HERE!

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great Thanksgiving!


Disguise a Turkey FREEBIE!


I'm so glad that you stopped by!  I want to share with you some fun that we have before Thanksgiving.

Have you ever wanted to do a Disguise a Turkey project?  It is really fun for the kids and it's easy too!  I have everything for you to send home to families ready to go!

I usually start out by reading a Thanksgiving book called Turkey TroubleT'was the Night Before Thanksgiving or The Plump and Perky Turkey are other fun choices.

There is a letter to send home to parents along with a paper turkey.  I also send home a piece of black construction paper for the family to glue the turkey on.

Here are some samples from years past.








This is a FREE product in my store- click HERE to go and download it!


Stress Free Open House/Meet the Teacher Night


Do you feel like you are on a Merry Go Round during Open House / Meet the Teacher Night?  

It's CRAZY!  22 families coming into your classroom (basically at the same time) and you feel like you just can't talk to everyone the way you would like!  

Instead, you are giving the same instructions over and over and over again.  They leave and you can barely remembered your students, their families, and your classroom is now a disaster...

That is until now- last year I started doing "stations" during Open House.  Parents/students are given a checklist and they use the station signs around the room to help them know what they need to do!

I'm going to show you how I did it- but, guess what, all of the station cards are EDITABLE so you can change it up to meet your needs!

To check it out, you can click HERE or click any of the pictures on this post!

10 Stations- all station cards are editable

#1- Parents Sign in and take a Checklist (editable)

I put this at the front entrance of the door.  You want to make sure that it is VERY visible.  I had a couple of families miss it last year and I had to then show them.

#2- Supplies- 

Product includes supply labels so that you can have tubs for your community supplies such as kleenex, markers, crayons, Clorox, etc.

#3- Find Your Desk- 

Students find their desk and put the rest of their supplies in their desk.

#4- Meet the Teacher- 

Parents/students come and introduce themselves.  This gives you a few minutes to talk with the families. 

#5- Say Cheese- 

Use one of the cute signs included (preschool-4th grade) and take a picture of each child.  (Hint:  I also have a checklist handy with student names and I number them as I go so I know the order of the kids on my camera).

#6- Parties- 

Parents can sign up for parties.  We do a Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day party.  This form is editable so you can add the parties that you need.

#7- Transportation- 

Parents will let you know how their child is getting home each day so you are ready the first day.

#8- Facebook- 

We have a private Facebook Page so this station gives information about that page.  I have included a copy of our letter as a sample so you can make your own if you use Facebook, Instagram, Blog, Remind App, etc.

#9- First Day Letter- 

Parents write a short letter to their child for the first day of school.  They put it in their mailbox so they get it at the end of the day on their first day! (Hint: If I have parents that don't show up for Open House, I write a short letter to any students who weren't there that night.)

#10- Roam the Room- 

Parents/students can check out the room and say good-bye when before they leave.


I hope you are able to have a stress free night meeting your new students and their families!

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