November 8, 2012

A PLATE FULL OF THANKS - CRAFTIVITY + FREEBIE

WOW.  (pause)  WOW.  (pause)  OH WOW!  (sigh)  

Uh . . . I don't know about you all, but this week zoomed by and we are running out of November!  Not that I mind all that much (bring on the Christmas season), but there is just so stinkin' much to do before Turkey Break.  I am sure you all are feeling the same way.  With this said, I finally got my act together and put one of my favorite crafts in a mini pack for all you alls.  Check out this darlin' little "out of the box" ditty . . . 



I have been running with this sweet little craft for the past six years now and the kids seem to love it more and more every year.  Not only is it a different sort of craft than you usually see this time of year, but it also lends itself to a wonderful discussion on manners and the proper way to set the table.  

Well, we ran with this one today in class and despite being cooped up all day (it was pouring), they nailed it.  Here is a little picture walk through our afternoon placemat adventures . . . 


Following a mini-lesson on the proper way to set the table, the kids wrote what they were thankful for this Thanksgiving.  This was glued to the plate template and a corresponding picture was drawn.
They were way into it . . . yay for me!!

When they had finished all of the elements in their craft, they came to the back table to "set" their placemat.
Once everything was properly placed, they used the big mama glue sticks to secure everything in its rightful place.
This next week I am making part of their homework to set the dinner table.
We ran out of time today and didn't get to add the cool designs to our place mats.  I was bummed, but they didn't know any different.  So, I moved on and hung these on my sky wire.  These make me grin every time I enter the room.


When I got home today and reflected on today's activities, I decided to take it a step further and do a little compare/contrast exercise with this tomorrow.  I plan to have my kids compare a regular dinner at their house with their all-mighty Thanksgiving feast. If this idea browns your turkey, you can snag the venn I will be rolling with tomorrow by clicking on the picture below.

Thank you Ashley Hughes (School Supply Addict) for the darling graphics - you rock sister!
If you are interested in taking a closer look at this pack (A Plate Full of... Thanks), just click on the cover below to read up on it.  



Before I exit, I have to share a little something.  I started speaking of Christmas up there and I immediately thought of something that I ran across a few weeks ago.  Sweet April over at A Modern Teacher has made the most amazing holiday planners . . . seriously started frothing out the mouth when she showcased these for the first time.



I already have a copy and I can't wait to crack it :)  I am going to print it and get it all put together over Turkey Break.  This way I will be ready to roll that first week after the stuffing is finally gone and things REALLY heat up at school and at home.  Holiday season here we come.  If you are interested in checking out April's Holiday Teacher Planners, click here to read her blog post!   

Alright folks I am outta here.  One more day with the kiddies and then it is off to San Fran for a weekend of school-free fun and the CAL v. OREGON game.  Hugs and thanks oh so much for visiting.  Oh, and always, don't forget to check out Freebie Friday . . . you'll be glad you did :)  




20 comments:

  1. Kelly - that is the cutest thing!! I love this idea so much...very clever! 5 more days until 1 week off for me. Do you get a week off too? Enjoy!
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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    1. We do indeed get a week of in 4 short days (okay . . . 5 . . . I probably should still count today). I can't wait :) Thanks for visiting :)

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  2. This craft is adorable!! It's always a great feeling when the kids are into whatever it is you're doing {because we all know sometimes they are definitely NOT hahha}!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. Cyber hugs being sent across the states . . .

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  3. LOVE this cute little craft..on my to do list for a fun Friday activity tomorrow! ;)

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    1. Hooray . . . let me know how it goes Gladys :)

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  4. Super cute and how perfect for them to take and share with their families. Love it!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting . . . I am so glad to hear that you like them!

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  5. Love the plate full of thanks!!! They look great hanging up there in your classroom :) Well done, Dolling!

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    1. Suz . . . oh Suz . . . thanks for poppin' my my friend. Your number turkeys are on the ticket for today! Can't wait!!

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  6. So creative-what an awesome idea. Love all the pics of your classroom.
    Arlene
    LMN Tree

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    1. The kids are now used to me chasing them around with my phone camera ;) Thanks for taking a moment to chat sweet Arlene.

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  7. LOVE!!! I can't believe Turkey day is almost here! I had a little panic attack about it a few hours ago today! (and our conferences are the 2 days before Thanksgiving---so my mind is going bonkers!!) I'm not even ready for the holiday season with my home family! And, I totally need to find some time to start a plan of attack for Black Friday shopping!!!!! ;)

    Thanks for sharing---love the craft and pictures of your adorable kiddies!!
    Angie
    Rulin' The Roost

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  8. You know I love it to bits and pieces!

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  9. Kelley- This is awesome. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  10. Love the place setting idea!!! Super cute!

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  11. PINNING and LOVING!!!!! Shine on Kelly

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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  12. I love this! Thanks for sharing! I hope I am not too late to have a chance to win!

    Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

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  13. I love this idea and it is super cute hanging in your classroom! I am thankful for you wonderful bloggers with so many great ideas. I can't begin to tell you how much it helps me with my curriculum.
    Warmly,
    Carole Beth

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