Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Story of the First Thanksgiving Pocketbook

Hi Everyone!

Are you wondering what to teach in your classroom this Thanksgiving? Need something that is well-organized, easy to differentiate, and covers a variety of information about this important topic?
Look no further and check out this blog post that describes The Story of the First Thanksgiving Pocketbook. You will be able to seamlessly move through content with your students, and each child will be able to create their own pocketbook portfolio along the way to store their work. Students, parents and administrators LOVE the impressive final product, and it will be a keepsake that they will be proud of and love to show off!! This mega unit includes all the materials you will need to help your students learn about:

·      The Mayflower Voyage
·      The Pilgrims and Plymouth Plantation
·      Native Americans (Wampanoag Tribe)

Check out the different elements below that are included in all 3 units. Look for the link to grab a FREE COPY of the Thanksgiving Then and Now Comprehension Workbook to supplement student learning that goes perfectly with this pocketbook.

PowerPoint Presentations
Begin the unit by engaging your class with a colorful PowerPoint presentation to grab their attention and get them thinking.
Easily move into a group discussion after the open-ended question is given on the last slide to give students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge about the topic.
Re-visit the PowerPoint throughout the week based on the needs of your class and time frame of your lesson.
Anchor Chart
Use the colorful pictures and text at the end of the unit to create beautiful anchor charts that can be displayed in your classroom throughout the unit.
As students move throughout the unit, have students recall facts learned and have them actively participate in creating the anchor chart.

Vocabulary Cards
Print, laminate and cut these eye-catching vocabulary words to serve as visuals for students to refer back to throughout the unit.
Hang them on your word wall, classroom door, bulletin boards, or even make students their own copies of the cards to serve as an easy reference.
Vocabulary Flip Books
Students can demonstrate their knowledge of key vocabulary words using the interactive vocabulary flip book.
Give students picture cards, and they can cut, match, and glue onto corresponding outer flaps. Then, students can write the definition/describe the vocabulary words using the lines on the inside of the book.

Student Workbook
Color print, then staple the workbooks together for each student. Trim the edges if time allows to make a smaller booklet that will fit nicely in each pocket.
Students can read for information on the topic then answer comprehension questions related to the topic at the bottom of each page. Students may benefit from working with a partner or small group. For students below level, you may choose to open the document onto a Smart Board and read along with them in a whole group setting.

Graphic organizers and writing paper
Students complete graphic organizer either as an independent activity or whole group to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic, writing multiple key details and facts. Then, students can use the graphic organizers as a reference to create a longer writing piece, consisting of multiple paragraphs.

Smart Art
Students will love to write in a "fun" way when they color, write and glue together a smart art writing activity. These are perfect for a bulletin board display and they look great inside the pocketbook too! 

Supplemental Pages and Early Finisher Work
Multiple activities are included to supplement the content learned through the student comprehension workbooks and the PowerPoint presentation. Activities can be used for morning work, early finishers, or for homework. Activities include: ABC order, a crossword puzzle, acrostic poem, and word search.

Ready to download your FREE First Thanksgiving MINI unit with an 8-page comprehension workbook, writing paper, graphic organizers and more? Grab this HUGE freebie right here by clicking on the image!! Then, come back and let us know how your students enjoyed using it for a chance to be entered in another resource giveaway!


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