Thanksgiving Week 1 Lesson Plan (Infant – Preschool)

Thanksgiving
Week 1
Lesson Plan
(Infant – Preschool)
This section has the lesson plan for your “Thanksgiving”
Theme. (Week 1).
Pre-planned lesson plans are done using a specific book.
Books are taken off the “Thanksgiving” book list and can
easily be found in your local library or store.
All sheets are in order and labeled for each day the sheets
are to be used. Print up the number of sheets you need
each day. Worksheets are theme related and also include
the letter C, number 10, shape oval, and color blue.
Print up sheets on regular copy paper, for better durability,
use card stock. Don’t be limited by your imagination….
Use markers, colored pencils, paint, paint daubers, etc.
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THANKSGIVING
Letter: C
Number: 10
Shape: Oval
Colors: Blue
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~Where playing is learning~
If Thanksgiving is your first themed curriculum
you are using from 1 - 2 - 3 Learn Curriculum
(1 – 2 – 3 Learn ONLINE or 1 – 2 - 3 Learn
Disks), please print up the following letter to
hand out to parents.
This will let them know of the new curriculum
you’re using in your child care / preschool.
~Where playing is learning~
Dear Parents,
We are using a new preschool program this year
called 1 – 2 – 3 Learn Curriculum. Each week will be
weekly, bi-weekly or monthly theme.
Themes that your children will enjoy like: Bears
Everywhere, School Daze, Camping Fun and the
current theme we’re working on now, Thanksgiving.
Some of these projects will be taken home to share
with you and others will be group activities that you can
ask about. I think that both you and your child will enjoy
this new program as much as I will.
Please make sure you spend time looking at what
your children do each week. They are so proud of what
they do!
Thank you
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What is 1 – 2 – 3 Learn Curriculum? 1 – 2 – 3 Learn
Curriculum is a professionally planned preschool
curriculum designed to be used in both family child care
homes and centers. This program offers the ease of
printing up each day what you need, and saving on waste.
Money saving, this curriculum can be used over year after
year.
What are the goals of 1 – 2 – 3 Learn Curriculum?
1 – 2 – 3 Learn Curriculum was developed by a child care
provider of since 1985. The activities included are age
appropriate and designed to help the whole child grow,
and develop socially, physically and intellectually. Our
program will help prepare each child for kindergarten,
while opening the door for the children to be creative and
express their artistic abilities.
Numbers, letters, shapes and colors are introduced with
each disk.
For more information visit www.123learncurriculum.com
Jean
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Group Planning Form
Teacher(s):
Group:
Changes
Week of:
to Environment:
Theme:
Changes to Routines and Schedule:
Family / Home Connection:
Monday
Tuesday
Indoor
Activities
Book
Outdoor
Activities
Music, Movement, Story Time:
Moving to Music:
Baby Sign:
TO DO LIST:
Buy:
Gather:
Other:
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Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Group Planning Form
Teacher(s):
Group: Infant
Changes to Environment: Hang up pictures of a
turkey, Thanksgiving dinner and other Thanksgiving
related pictures down low where infants and toddlers
can view. (Laminate pictures so they last.)
Week of:
Theme: Thanksgiving
Changes to Routines and Schedule: Add items around the play area for infants that they can
reach and play with. Beanie baby turkey, and other soft items.
Family / Home Connection: Send home themed letter Friday before "Thanksgiving" theme
begins. Post on bulletin board cover sheets so parents have a visual what the theme is next
week.
Indoor
Activities
Book
Outdoor
Activities
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Roll the Toy
Goal
Music
Toy Count
Goal
Numbers
Reading Books
Goals
Language
development,
early preliteracy skills
Kicking Bells
Goal
Using Large
muscles
Begin to
Scribble
Goal
Small Muscle
5 Silly Turkeys
Signals and
Signs
A Great Fall
What A
Sensation
Story Time: Read the Book 5 Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon.
Moving to Music: I Eat Turkey
Sign Language: Bubbles The cupped hands mimic catching bubbles in the air and popping
them.
TO DO LIST:
Make: Bells on elastic for kicking bells activity.
Buy: Items needed for infant area.
Gather: Ask parents if they have any Thanksgiving items for infant area.
Other: Go to your local library and ask library to help you find more books about
Thanksgiving. Board books for infants.
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Infant Book Choice
Thanksgiving
Sign Language Resources:
Below are some links to purchase videos, dvd’s
and books for sign. Children love to watch, and
helps with the repetition.
www.signingtime.com
Wonderful series of sign language videos and
dvd’s
http://www.sign2me.com/
(Excellent Book / CD with music to sign to. “Pick
me up”. Look on the left side of home page under
products)
www.overstock.com
Type in sign language in search
(Talking Hands is a great choice)
www.Amazon.com
Type in sign language in search
Thanksgiving Pictures
• Print up on white card stock.
• Trim, if desired - Laminate.
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Roll The Toy
• Sit with infant in a play area with a few toys.
• Roll a ball or toy to the infant while you sing to
the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
• Roll the toy back and forth with the infant
several more times. Infant may play longer if
you change the toys you are rolling.
Roll, roll, roll the car, Roll it right to you.
Roll it back, roll it back, roll it back to me.
Do this activity if child can push or roll toys. Do
this activity for 2 - 10 minutes.
Toy Count
• Put infant on her tummy on a soft rug or
blanket. Have a few toys that you will give her
one at a time.
Here are some toys for you, Ava.
Here's one, two, three!
• Give her a toy as you say each number.
Do this activity if child can sit supported. Do this
activity for 1 - 2 minutes.
Kicking Bells
• Securely sew small shiny bells onto the cuffs
of socks or onto small circles of elastic. Slip a
pair of cuffs around each baby's ankles and
shake her feet to make the bells jungle.
Encourage baby to kick.
Do you hear those bells Allyson? Kick your feet.
Make them ring again.
Do this activity if child can kick her feet. Do this
activity for 2 - 10 minutes.
Beginning to Scribble
• Sit baby in a highchair and give her a fat
crayon and some paper. Draw a few lines
while she is watching and then try to get her
to scribble on her own.
Make a mark, Sarah.
Can you color on the paper?
Do this activity if child can begin to scribble. Do
this activity for 2 - 7 minutes.
Signs and Signals
Most babies are capable of doing simple hand signs such as
waving bye-bye at around 8 months of age. But it doesn't hurt to
try introducing a couple of simple signs at 6 months, even if he's
not ready to imitate them yet.
Appropriate for: 6 months to 1 year
Skills developed: Hand-eye coordination, communication
What you'll need: No equipment necessary
Baby's knows what they wants. They just doesn't always know
how to ask for it. Teaching them some simple signs can help
reduce their frustration – and yours!
At this age, they're not quite dexterous enough to make many of
the movements themselves, so you should keep any signs you
use around the baby to a bare minimum. Start with two easy
signs: "hungry" and "sleepy." For "hungry," mimic bringing a small
piece of food up to your mouth while saying, "Are you hungry?"
For "sleepy," rub your eyes and ask, "Are you sleepy?"
Every time you ask the question, make the gesture, and every
time you see him make anything remotely like the gesture, ask
the question and repeat the movement. Don't be disappointed if it
takes a long time for him to imitate you (which he might never
do); the simple act of communication is valuable.
A Great Fall
Appropriate for: 5 months to 1 year
Skills developed: Gross motor, sense of cause and effect
What you'll need: No equipment necessary
On a rug indoors or outside on soft grass, lie on your back
with your knees raised. Seat the infant on your tummy
facing you, leaning back against your knees. Steadying her
with your hands, sway from side to side.
Start reciting the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty sat on a
wall, Humpty Dumpty has a great..." and on the word "fall",
tip your knees so that the infant slides a little to the side.
Or, let her "fall" all the way to the ground while you support
her and protect her head with your hands.
Finish saying the rest of the rhyme curled up on the floor or
grass with the infant, ending with a quick tickle when you
get to the phrase "together again." Then help her get
situated on your tummy again for another go-round.
Remember: Each baby develops at a different pace, so if
an infant isn't quite ready for this activity, try again in a few
weeks.
What a Sensation
Infants wants to experience everything up close and
personal, and she does that through all five senses,
particularly touch. Encourage her curiosity and tactile
talents with this soothing touch-fest.
Appropriate for: Newborn to 10 months
Skills developed: Hand-eye coordination, touch sensitivity
What you'll need: A variety of soft-textured items, such as
a silk scarf, a clean feather duster or boa, a piece of satin
or velvet, and something furry like a stuffed animal
Collect an assortment of soft, touchable household objects.
With baby lying on her back on a blanket, lift up her shirt
and give her tummy a sampling of the different textures.
One at a time, brush each item ever so gently across her
skin, describing the sensation as you go. "Feel the silky
scarf? It's very slippery. Feel the lamb? It's fuzzy, isn't it?"
When she's older she'll try to grab the items – go ahead
and let her hold them.
Talk about the sensations of the different items.
I Eat Turkey
(Sung to: “Frere Jacques”)
I eat turkey, Point to self)
I eat turkey. (Point to self again)
Yes, I do, (Nod head)
Yes, I do. (Nod head)
Turkey in my tummy, Rub tummy)
Yummy, yummy, yummy. (Rub tummy)
Good for me, (Point to self)
Good for you. (Point to others)
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Group Planning Form
Teacher(s):
Group:
Changes
Week of:
to Environment:
Theme:
Changes to Routines and Schedule:
Family / Home Connection:
Monday
Tuesday
Indoor
Activities
Book
Outdoor
Activities
Music, Movement, Story Time:
Moving to Music:
Baby Sign:
TO DO LIST:
Buy:
Gather:
Other:
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Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Group Planning Form
Teacher(s):
Group: Toddler
Changes to Environment: Hang up pictures of a
turkey, Thanksgiving dinner and other Thanksgiving
related pictures down low where infants and toddlers
can view. (Laminate pictures so they last.)
Week of:
Theme: Thanksgiving
Changes to Routines and Schedule: Add items around the play area for toddlers that they
can reach and play with. Beanie baby turkey, play food that they could use for a pretend
Thanksgiving dinner and other items.
Family / Home Connection: Send home themed letter Friday before "Thanksgiving" theme
begins. Post on bulletin board cover sheets so parents have a visual what the theme is next
week.
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Indoor
Activities
Dress the
Animal
Goal
Dramatic Play
Counting
Buttons
Goal
Numbers
Punch the Ball
Goal
Using Large
muscles
Play Dough
Goal
Small Muscle
Book
The First
Thanksgiving
Reading Books
Goals
Language
development,
early preliteracy skills
Collection Walk
Outdoor
Activities
Beanbag
Basketball
Life's a Ball
Story Time: Read The First Thanksgiving by Nancy Davis.
Moving to Music: Mr. Turkey
Sign Language: Bubbles The cupped hands mimic catching bubbles in the air and popping
them.
TO DO LIST:
Make: The pillow case in ball for Punch the Ball activity.
Buy: Items needed for toddler area.
Gather: Ask parents if they have any Thanksgiving items for toddler area.
Other: Go to your local library and ask library to help you find more books about
Thanksgiving. Board books are good for toddlers to turn the pages.
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Toddler Book Choice
Thanksgiving
Dress the Animal
• Put several stuffed animals in the dress-up
area. Help the child dress them with clothes,
such as hats, dresses or shirts, then let the
toddler play with them.
Amanda, your bear is wearing a dress.
Is she going to a party?
Do this activity if child can put on clothes. Do
this activity for 2 - 10 minutes.
Count the Buttons
• Count as you fasten buttons or snaps.
It's chilly outside. Let's button up your sweater.
One, two, three, four, five. All Buttoned up!
You can do this activity when zipping, say,
One, two, three, zip you up!
Do this activity for 1 - 10 minutes.
Punch the Ball
• Put a large beach ball in a pillow case. Hang
the bag from a doorway or tree branch on the
toddler's eye level. Show them how to use their
arms and hands to punch the bag. Talk about
how the bag swings.
Can you hit the bag? Make the bag swing.
Look, here comes the bag back again!
Do this activity if child can punch a big ball. Do
this activity for 1 - 5 minutes.
Play Dough Fun
• Give the toddler a ball of play dough to work
with. As you play together, show her how to
pinch off little pieces or squeeze the ball in your
hand. See if she will copy what you do with her
own play dough.
Look at me Jasmine. I'm squeezing my play
dough.
And you squeeze yours?
Do this activity if child can work both hands
together. Do this activity for 5 - 15 minutes.
Collection Walk
• Take the toddler outside for a walk around the
yard. Bring along a bag or basket to carry many
interesting things you find along the way to
collect. Rocks, leaves, pine cones, and talk
about what you have found.
Look at this pretty rock that Jeffrey found.
We have so many fun things in our basket.
Let's look through it and see what we found.
Do this activity if child can explore around them.
Do this activity for 5 - 20 minutes.
Beanbag Basketball
Good for age: 18 months (but older and younger children
would enjoy also).
Skills developed: gross motor skills
What you will need: two small beanbags and a large
containers, such as a laundry basket.
Bring the items outside and place the basket on the grass.
Join the toddler on the ground and give him a beanbag. Let
him experiment with it - explore the fabric and weight, or
drop to the ground and pick up.
Sit next to the basket or container and drop your beanbag
in. As you retrieve it and drop it in several more times,
suggest to the toddler that he do the same. After a few
rounds of this, move the basket a little farther away, and
show him how to throw the beanbag in to the basket.
Applaud when he throws his bag, whether or not he gets it
in. Encourage him to pick up his beanbag and try again.
Continue for 5 - 10 minutes.
Life's a ball
Good for age: 19 months (but older and younger children
would enjoy also).
Skills developed: coordination
What you will need: a beach ball
While a normal soccer ball would likely be too difficult for
the toddler to kick, a big, colorful beach ball will be perfect.
Beach balls are lighter, and easier on the feet. Try rolling or
gently kicking the ball to the toddler and see if she can kick
it back to you.
Have fun with this activity and feel free to be silly. Jump up
and down like a cheerleader, and shout, "Goal" or "Go
team!"
Continue this activity for 5 - 10 minutes.
Mr. Turkey
Mr. Turkey's tail is big and wide.
(spread hands)
He swings it when he walks.
(swing hands)
His neck is long, his chin is red.
(point)
He gobbles when he talks.
(open and close hand like a mouth)
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Lesson plan for preschoolers is done using the
book – I’m Thankful Each Day! written by P. K.
Hallinan.
You can use the same concept and ideas with
a different book. You can locate the above
book on Amazon.com or check your local
library. Thanks
Jean
Lesson Plan
I’m Thankful Each Day!
Written by
P. K. Hallinan
Circle Time
Circle time is done usually in the morning, first thing before
you start your preschool day. Circle time is also called
morning meeting or community circle.
The purpose of circle time is to introduce children to pre-k
concepts using hands-on teaching methods, songs,
movement, fingerplays, and flannel board figures and stories.
In addition to a daily concept, you can also discuss the
weather, calendar and name shapes.
Create Ground Rules
Generally pupils love circle time and the opportunities it
gives them to talk about themselves and one another, but it is
still essential to establish some basic rules for all to follow.
The rules that you apply when facilitating circle time in your
classroom should certainly be understood by all involved and
ideally they should be agreed by everyone too, although this
will depend to some extent on the age of the children. The
reality of a well run circle is such that very few rules are
actually needed. You may like to work to the following as a
minimum:
x Only one person is to speak at any one time.
x It's perfectly acceptable to 'pass' on anything you don't
want to talk about.
x All circle members will show respect for one another at
all times.
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Preschool Lesson Plan - Thanksgiving - Letter of the Week - C
Vocabulary
Shake, Halloween, bones, Jack-o-lanterns, witches, music, hip-hop, dance, Li' Red, Jack,
Tom Thumb, Snow White, Goldilocks, Mister Pig, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Puss
Circle Time
Greeting
Daily Message
We Welcome You
Good morning boys and girls. Today is ________. Today we're going to learn about Halloween.
Shake dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa and Mike Reed
Read Aloud
Interactive Writing
Practice writing the letter H on a small maga doodle. (You can also practice writing the letter on the floor
or in the air).
On Friday let one of the children read the book to the group
Shared Reading
Music
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3 Black Cats
Preschool Lesson Plan - Thanksgiving - Letter of the Week - C
Vocabulary
Thankful, gifts, stars, summer, Autumn, flowers, raindrops, sunset, sunshine, trees, snow,
winter, spring, friends, family, kindness, peace, present, day
Circle Time
Greeting
Daily Message
Read Aloud
Interactive Writing
Shared Reading
Music
We welcome you
Good morning boys and girls. Today is _____. Today we're going to learn about
Thanksgiving.
I'm Thankful Each Day! by P. K. Hallinan
Write the letter C on a dry eraser board. (The children can practice writing the letter on
the floor or in the air).
On Friday let one of the children read the book to the group.
Five Fat Turkeys.
We welcome You
(Sung to: "Mary Had a Little Lamb")
We welcome you to school today,
School today, school today,
We welcome you to school today,
Please come in and play.
We're glad to have you here today,
Here today, here today.
We're glad to have you here today.
Yes, it's a special day!
Five Fat Turkeys
Five fat turkeys were sitting on a fence.
(One hand up)
The first one said, 'I'm so immense.'
(Point to thumb)
The second one said, 'I can gobble at you.'
(Pointer finger)
The third one said, 'I can gobble, too.'
(Middle finger)
The fourth one said, 'I can spread my tail.'
(Ring finger)
The fifth one said, 'Don't catch it on a nail.'
(Little finger)
A farmer came along and stopped to say
(Pointer finger of other hand.)
'Turkey’s look best on Thanksgiving Day.'
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Five Fat Turkeys
Print up on white card stock.
Trim – Laminate
Attach a small piece of Velcro to the back of each
piece. (rough side)
Use turkeys as flannel story for Five Fat Turkeys.
Another option:
Tape a craft stick to the back of each turkey.
Use as puppets.
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Small Groups
Purpose of small groups:
x To work and learn with a small number of children facilitated by a teacher.
x To allow teachers an opportunity to observe and assess where every child is on
the road to learning to read and write.
x To allow teachers a time to use assessment results in intentionally work with
specific children
x To learn the art of conversation including listening, taking turns and talking.
x To provide participation opportunities for each child.
When are small groups appropriate in the daily schedule? Small group time may
be scheduled any time during the day. Set a specific time with specific groups. Small
group activities are planned in advance and may continue with the daily lesson, teach
a new concept, or allow children to practice skills, such as rhyming or alliteration.
How many children are in the ideal small group? Group size will vary according to
the activity, but a group of 2 – 6 is an ideal size for learning and participation.
Small Group
Preschool Lesson Plan - Thanksgiving - Letter of the Week C
Small Group
Regroup to
Revisit Focus
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Read - "What I
See on Halloween
Night".
Writing - Have the
children practice
writing words in
the "What I See
on Halloween
Night" book.
Game - Introduce
the "Letter H Word
Match" file folder
game.
Read - "What I
See on Halloween
Night".
Writing - Have the
children practice
writing words in
the "What I See
on Halloween
Night" book.
Game - Play
"Halloween Word
Puzzles" cards.
Practice writing
the words.
Read - "What I
See on Halloween
Night".
Writing - Have the
children practice
writing words in
the "What I See
on Halloween
Night" book.
Game - Play "The
Letter H Word
Match" file folder
game.
Read - "What I
See on Halloween
Night".
Writing - Have the
children practice
writing words in
the "What I See
on Halloween
Night" book.
Game - Play
"Halloween Word
Puzzles" cards.
Practice writing
the words.
Read - "What I
See on Halloween
Night".
Send book home.
Writing - Have the
children practice
writing words in
the "What I See
on Halloween
Night" book.
Game - Play the
"Letter H Word
Match" file folder
game".
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
AL = Active Learning
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Small Group
Preschool Lesson Plan - Thanksgiving - Letter of the Week C
Small Group
Regroup to
Revisit Focus
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Read - Turkey
Colors mini book
together. Color
some pages.
Writing - Have the
children practice
writing words in
the "Turkey
Colors" mini book.
Game - Introduce
the "Letter C is for:
file folder game.
Read - Turkey
Colors mini book.
Color.
Writing - Practice
writing using the
Thanksgiving
memory words
cards from "Match
Up" game on
paper or dry
eraser board.
Game - Match Up
Thanksgiving
game.
Read - Turkey
Colors mini book
together. Color.
Writing - Write a
word/s in the mini
book.
Game - Play "The
Letter C is for: file
folder game.
Read - Turkey
Colors mini book.
Color.
Writing - Practice
writing using the
Thanksgiving
memory words
cards from "Match
Up" game on
white paper or dry
eraser board.
Game - Match Up
Thanksgiving
game.
Read - Turkey
Colors mini book.
Color.
Send book home.
Writing - Write a
word/s in the mini
book.
Game - Play "The
Letter C is for: file
folder game.
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
Have kids share
something they
did/read/made in
AL
AL = Active Learning
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Vocabulary Words
x Print up on white card stock.
x Trim
x Laminate
x Have children use with dry eraser
boards and dry eraser markers. Have
children practice writing the word on
the laminated card and practice writing
on dry eraser board.
x Leave available in writing center.
Vocabulary Words
Vocabulary Words
Vocabulary Words
Vocabulary Words
Vocabulary Words
Turkey Colors
Book comes in 2 formats
x With dotted words
x Without dotted words
Print first 2 sheets back to back. Fold in ½.
Print up last 2 pages back to back. Fold in ½
and place inside the cover.
Staple if desired. (You will need a longer stapler in order
to do this. Can be purchased at Office Max or other
office supply store).
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Turkey Colors
With printed words.
(For younger children)
Practice writing the words
turkey
Turkey Colors
colors
By
_______________________
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I see a red turkey.
red
I see a rainbow turkey.
rainbow
I see a brown turkey.
brown
I see a blue turkey.
blue
I see an orange turkey.
orange
I see a yellow turkey.
yellow
Turkey Colors
Without printed words.
(For older children)
Practice writing the words
turkey
Turkey Colors
colors
By
_______________________
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I see a red turkey.
red
I see a rainbow turkey.
rainbow
I see a brown turkey.
brown
I see a blue turkey.
blue
I see an orange turkey.
orange
I see a yellow turkey.
yellow
C is For:
Print out either the color or B & W set.
Color set: Print out the 3 sheets. (Printing up on card stock will give you
better quality). The 1st sheet is the front of the file folder game and game
pieces. Cut out the directions and picture for the front, and glue or tape to
the front of the file folder. Use a self-laminating sheet or clear contact
paper to place over for durability.
Place the 2 full size sheets inside the file folder using double sided tape or
glue, and placing self-laminating sheets or clear contact paper over each
side for durability.
Place velcro in the squares and on the back of the games pieces. (This
will keep the pieces from slipping when a child places it in the square).
Have the children match the pictures with the words and practice writing
the letter c.
Black & white set – Color and follow the above directions.
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C is For:
How to play:
Match the pictures with the words.
Practice writing the letter c.
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castle
cow
cake
carrot
circle
____astle
____ow
____arrot
____ake
____ircle
C is For:
How to play:
Match the pictures with the words.
Practice writing the letter c.
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castle
cow
cake
carrot
circle
____astle
____ow
____arrot
____ake
____ircle
Matching Cards
Print up 2 copies of each sheet onto white card stock.
Cut out each picture, and laminate, if desired.
Have children turn over and pick up 2 cards to match. Take
turns.
File Folder Game
The cards can also be used as a file folder game.
Print out 2 copies of the cards onto white card stock. Using clear
contact paper or self laminating sheets, attach 1 full sheet to the
inside of the file folder.
Trim the other sheet of cards. Use these cards to match the
picture inside.
If you use as a file folder game, you can use the following sheet
for a graphic and game description for the front of the file folder.
Note: You have 2 options. Pictures or words. Have the older
children match the picture with the word. Sound them out.
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Thanksgiving
Match the picture cards to the pictures inside.
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dinner
pumpkin
pumpkin
pie
mash
potatoes
cornacopia
gravy
Native
American
leaf
cherry pie
pilgrim girl
Active Learning
Pick 3 items to do this week for active
learning from the following sheet.
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Active Learning: (Activity and Literacy Props)
Dramatic Play – Set up the play kitchen area with a table cloth, play dishes, food that could be served during a Thanksgiving
meal. Have children create their own placemats in the art center. Children can use their new placemats and pretend to make a
Thanksgiving meal. Invite friends over for dinner. (Vocabulary, social skills)
Math – Number Matching File Folder Game
Art – Put out various materials for children to make items for the Thanksgiving theme. Have available different colors of tissue
paper, construction paper, feathers and other items. Show children how to make a turkey tracing their hands. The children will
make turkeys while practicing their small motor skills. Place plates, bowls, pie pans, cookie sheets, and similar items in the play
dough area for children to pretend to make a Thanksgiving dinner using play dough to make their pretend foods.
Read/Listen – Put Thanksgiving themed books in the reading area. Go to your local library for other books about Thanksgiving.
Writing – Put vocabulary words in writing area.
Science/Sensory – Planting corn activity.
Family / Home Connection
Send a copy of Turkey Color min book home on Friday. Print up 1 – 2 sheets from the Thanksgiving Printable Activities, and send
home in Friday Folder. Label these extra sheets homework. (Directions p. 2 in Thanksgiving Printable Activities for this)
TO DO List:
Make: Print up the Turkey Colors mini book, C is for: File Folder Game, Number Matching file folder game. Once they are put
together, they will be used year after year.
Buy: Items needed for dramatic play.
Gather: Ask parents if they have any fall / Thanksgiving items items you can use for dramatic area. (DVD’s, books, etc).
Other: Go to your local library and ask the library to help you find more books about Thanksgiving.
Family Notes and Notes Home
1. Family Notes. Print up and send home with
each child the Friday before you start the
“Thanksgiving” theme.
2. Blank Notes. Additional notes for you to use
and send home during this theme. They are in
the format of “Child Care”, Day Care, or
“Preschool”, depending on what term you use
in your business. Use the appropriate note and
print up. Write your note, and send home with
each child.
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Family Notes
Dear Family,
Next week, our theme is “Thanksgiving.”
During this time, if you have any books or videos
about “Thanksgiving” that you would like to share,
please feel free to bring them.
The children always enjoy this theme. It’s fun to learn the history of
Thanksgiving.
Thanks!
Dear Family,
Next week, our theme is “Thanksgiving.”
During this time, if you have any books or videos
about “Thanksgiving” that you would like to share,
please feel free to bring them.
The children always enjoy this theme. It’s fun to learn the history of
Thanksgiving.
Thanks!
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A Note from Child Care
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A Note from Day Care
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A Note from Preschool
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Just a Reminder
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Family Note – Reminder for Color Day
Dear Family,
Just a reminder that tomorrow is Color Day. Our
color for tomorrow is blue. You can have your child bring
or wear something that is blue.
Thank you
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Dear Family,
Just a reminder that tomorrow is Color Day. Our
color for tomorrow is blue. You can have your child
bring or wear something that is blue.
Thank you
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Number 1 – 10 Matching
Print up all the sheets for either the color or B
& W number matching game.
Print up on white card stock.
Color B & W set. Take the number sheets and
laminate or place inside a file folder to make a
file folder game.
Trim pictures – laminate and let children use
the pictures to match to the numbers on the
sheets.
Thanksgiving
Match the Numbers
Match the number of each picture to the
number inside.
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Numbers 1 - 4
Numbers 5 - 9
Thanksgiving
Match the Numbers
Match the number of each picture to the
number inside.
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Numbers 1 - 4
Numbers 5 - 9
Weekly Planner
Week of: _____________________________________
Materials Needed:
Circle time:
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Art
Literacy
Manipulates
Fine / Gross Motor Skills
Math Skills
Sensory / Science
Music / Movement
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Monday
Advance Preparation
x Locate the book you would like to use for the week
during circle time. Theme related and something age
appropriate. You can check the book list included with
this theme.
x Stick with one book for the week.
x Ahead of time print up the wall charts for the letter C,
number 10, color blue and shape oval. Decide if
you’re going to use color or B & W. If using B & W,
color them ahead of time. Hang the wall charts in the
playroom or around your circle area.
x Purchase any necessary ingredients for cooking or
snack activities you wish to do during the week.
x Print up worksheets you will need for the day.
x Make sure to have all craft materials on hand for any
projects you will be doing this week.
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Thanksgiving
Book List
I’m Thankful Each Day! by P. K. Hallinan
The First Thanksgiving by Nancy Davis
10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa
Bateman
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
by Alison Jackson
Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by
Lauren Thompson
This Is the Turkey by Abby Levine
Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by
Margaret Sutherland
The Turkey Ball by David Steinberg
The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli
Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman
The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha
Wing
My First Thanksgiving by Tomie dePaola
The Story of the Pilgrims by H. L. Ross
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Large Wall Flashcards
The letter C, number 10, color blue and
shape oval are available in both color and B
& W.
These can be printed on white card stock,
laminated and hung up during
“Thanksgiving” theme.
You can also use the B & W sheets as extra
worksheets for the children.
Print the worksheets up on regular copy
paper.
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Thanksgiving
Monday
Circle Time
x Welcome each child – talk about this week’s theme.
Thanksgiving. Encourage children to share anything new.
Song: We Welcome You.
x Print up Thanksgiving Fun Facts. Talk to the children about
some of the Fun Facts. Ask them what they know about
Thanksgiving.
x Introduce the letter of the week:
Letter Chant:
Letters, letters, Letters have names.
What is the name of this letter?
x On a small dry eraser board, write down the letter C. Ask the
children to tell you the letter, and ask them if it is an upper
case or a lower case C. Once they tell you the letter, erase it,
and write it small in the upper right hand corner. Ask them to
give you words that start with the letter C. Sound them out so
they hear the C sound. Draw the picture. (You don’t have to
be an artist; the children enjoy your effort). You can also use
the following sheets for C words.
x If you do “jobs” during circle time, you can do those now.
(Examples: What’s the weather outside? What is today’s
day? Calendar)
Thanksgiving Fun Facts
x It was not until 1941, that congress declared
Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was
declared to be the fourth Thursday in
November.
x Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the
Americas 10 million years ago.
x 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving
Day.
x Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of
Thanksgiving was "the most ridiculous idea I’ve
ever heard."
x The first Thanksgiving was not a feast, but
rather a time when Native Americans helped
Pilgrims by bringing them food and helping
them build off the land.
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Thanksgiving Fun Facts
x More than 40 million green bean casseroles
are served on Thanksgiving.
x Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to
be a turkey.
x Corn is one of the popular symbols of
thanksgiving. It came in many varieties and
colors - red, white, yellow and blue. Some
Americans considered blue and white corn
sacred. The oldest corns date 7000 years back
and were grown in Mexico.
x Twenty percent of cranberries eaten are eaten
on Thanksgiving.
x Turkeys were one of the first animals in the
Americas to be domesticated.
x The 'wishbone' of the turkey is used in a good
luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day.
x The Plymouth Pilgrims dines with the
Wampanoag Indians for the First Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Fun Facts
x A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles
per hour. They can also burst into flight
approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a
matter of seconds.
x The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days.
x The cranberry is a symbol and a modern diet
staple of thanksgiving. Originally called crane
berry, it derived its name from its pink blossoms
and drooping head, which reminded the Pilgrims of
a crane.
x In October of 1777 all 13 colonies celebrated
Thanksgiving for the first time; however it was a
one-time affair commemorating a victory over the
British at Saratoga.
x Contrary to popular belief, Native Americans did
not eat cranberries. They did, however, find them
extremely useful for dying fabric and decorating
pottery.
x Turkey is the traditional dish for the Thanksgiving
feast. In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold
for the Thanksgiving celebrations. There is no
official reason or declaration for the use of turkey.
They just happened to be the most plentiful meat
available at the time of the first Thanksgiving in
1621, starting the tradition.
Thanksgiving Fun Facts
x 97 percent of Americans have turkey for
Thanksgiving.
x A male turkey is a tom. A female is a hen. Babies
are called poults.
x A mature turkey has 3,500 feathers. Turkey feather
were used by Native Americans to stabilize arrows.
x The largest turkey on record was 86 pounds.
x Only the tom turkey gobbles. The hen makes
clucking noises. A tom's gobble can be heard a
mile away.
x A group of turkeys is called a flock.
x According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota
is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a
planned production total of 49 million in 2008.
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Thanksgiving
Monday
Circle Time – cont.
x Have a large dry eraser board or large sheet of paper. Have
the children do an interactive morning message. Until the
children get use to this, you say and write it each day. A
good example is:
Daily Message:
Good morning boys and girls. Today is ____________.
Today we’re learning about Thanksgiving. Love (your name)
Once the children get use to interactive writing, you can ask
them to help you write the message. Ask them what you should
write. If they say Good morning, ask them what does Good
start what, and let a child come up and write the letter G. As
the child is writing the G, on your smaller dry eraser board,
show the children and have them practice writing G on the floor
or in the air.
Have the children write several letters, and then together using
a pointer stick read the daily message together. Count together
how many letters they wrote. (Use 2 different color dry eraser
markers. One color for the children and one color for your
writing so they have a visual of the letters they wrote).
Additional interactive writing activity: Using a large sheet of
paper, have Thanksgiving foods drawn on the sheet. Turkey,
mash potatoes, pumpkin pie, corn and stuffing. Write the words
of each food minus the first letter. Sound out the picture and
have a child write in the beginning sound. Do one each day.
Thanksgiving
Monday
Circle Time – cont.
x Have children stand up and stretch before you start reading
the story book you have chosen for the week.
Stretching Poem
Have children stand up.
Two Little Hands
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap. (all clap)
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap. (all tap)
One little body turns around, and then sits quietly upon the
down.
Once children are seated, get ready to read the story. Read the
title, author and illustrator. While reading the story, ask opened
ended questions about the story. Encourage questions about
the story, but direct children back to the book if their questions
are not related to story. When story is done, circle time is done.
Words of the Week – C
Print up the following sheets onto white card
stock. Cut out and laminate.
Use these pictures during circle time if children
are having a hard time coming up with the letter
c words.
Use the dry eraser board for additional words
they come up with.
Note: After laminating pictures, use Velcro dot on back to hang
from flannel. Rough side of Velcro.
cat chair cow cake corn
chicken carrot castle camel car
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Week 1
Large Group Activities
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
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Theme
Worksheets /
Projects
Letter C
Number
10
Thanksgiving
Lacing Cards
Introduce the
letter C
How Many Turkeys?
worksheet
Turkey Sequencing
Shape
Oval
Color Blue
Introduce the shape
oval
Things that can be
blue worksheet
Turkey Headband
Practice writing the
letter C c worksheet
Color the ovals
Turkey Handprint
Letter C
flash card
Number 10
flash card
Shape oval
flash card
Color blue
flash card /
Color the
Bird Blue
What I'm Thankful
For Sheet
Review the letter c
using flash card from
Thursday /
Letter c worksheet
Review the number
10 using flash card
from Thursday / 10
Pumpkins
Worksheet
Review oval flash
card from Thursday
Color or paint blue
crayon worksheet
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Monday – large Group
Lacing Cards
Children love lacing cards. You have the
option of printing up color or b & w cards to
color yourself and keep with your
“Thanksgiving” theme.
You can print up the color lacing cards, cut
out – leaving about ½ an inch border,
laminate, and punch holes around the card
using a hole punch.
Give the children lacing strings, yarn or
shoe laces to lace the cards.
The b & w set can also be used as an
additional craft for the children. Give each
child one of the cards, have them color and
cut out. Have an adult punch holes, and
they can lace using the above options of
string.
Lacing strings can be purchased though
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Finished Lace-Up Cards
Print up on white card stock.
Trim – Leaving white border around picture.
Laminate if desired for more durability.
Let the children lace using lacing string or
yarn.
You can also use the B & W card as an
additional project.
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Pilgrim/Indian
Lace Up Cards
Print up on white card stock. Cut out leaving
white border around the picture. Laminate.
Punch holes with a hole punch. Have children
lace using lacing string.
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Pilgrim/Indian
Lace Up Cards
Print up on white card stock. Color - Cut out leaving white
border around the picture. Laminate. Punch holes with a
hole punch. Have children lace using lacing string.
If using as extra craft, don’t laminate.
Name __________________
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Name _______________________
How many turkeys? ________
Color
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Turkey Sequencing
Print up the sheet with the 3 turkeys on
white card stock.
Give to the children to color and cut out.
Glue them in sequence – Largest to
smallest.
(Print up the sequence – Largest to
smallest sheet on card stock. Or hand
print the information on a piece of
construction paper.)
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Name ___________________________
Turkey Size Sequencing
Large to Small
Large
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Medium
Small
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Name ___________________
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Name __________________________
Thing’s that can be blue
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Cut pieces out.
Glue turkey head on.
Glue feathers on.
Staple head band together.
Another option: use real feathers from
a craft store to glue on instead of paper
feathers.
Have children color the turkey head,
bands and feathers or have them paint
using sponges.
Turkey Headband
Band for head
Band for head
Glue Turkey
Head Here
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Feathers for Turkey Headband
Glue to back of the headband
Name ____________________
All these pictures begin with the “C c”
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Name __________________
Color the ovals
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Handprint Turkey
Print up the following sheet on white card stock.
Paint the palm of the hand and thumb in brown and
the fingers in different colors for the feathers.
Draw in the beak and the wattle.
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Happy Thanks giving!
This isn’t just a turkey
As anyone can see
This very special turkey
Was hand made just by me!
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Happy Thanks giving!
This isn’t just a turkey
As anyone can see
This very special turkey
Was hand made just by me!
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Oval
Blue
10
Cc
Cat
Name __________________
Color the bird blue
Trace.
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What I’m Thankful For
Print up the following sheets onto white card
stock. There are 3 formats.
x Lines for children learning to write
x Lines for children that know how to write
x Empty space for younger children that can
draw a picture.
Have children color turkey. Write or draw what
they are thankful for. Hang up for the month of
November.
What I’m thankful for:
By: ___________________
What I’m thankful for:
By: ___________________
What I’m thankful for:
By: ___________________
Name __________________
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Name ___________________
10 pumpkins
Circle the number 10
7
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9
10
11
Name __________________________
Color
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