Boy, am I glad to be home! I have one little guy who has been off his meds for the past 5 days and I am exhausted. I know there is a lot of debate as to whether or not meds are the end all be all, but this kid NEEDS his meds. Plus, since he is out of sorts, it sets off some of my other guys who are normally under control. It's so sad because he is such a sweetie and he can't help his impulsiveness.
Anywhoo, I saw this writing activity on Cara's blog last year after Thanksgiving, and I was sooooo bummed we didn't get to do it. Not gonna happen this year, I tell ya! I made sure to do it this week before time ran out and I am glad I did. They are sooooo cute!
Here are my teacher models:
Here are some of my kid's finished products:
What I like about this activity is the students have to think about the differences between today and long ago before they write. I've had a few kids who were stuck and weren't sure what to write. Then, we had some really good discussions about pilgrim's lives and our own lives. They are thankful now!
Here are my tracers:
FYI: I had the boys use scrap yellow pieces for the buckle instead of making a tracer.