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Chinese New Year Activities

We are linking up with Doodle Bugs this Friday to bring you a recap of the week in FIVE FOR FRIDAY!!!  Even though Chinese New Year isn't for another week, I wanted to let you know that I recently updated our Chinese New Year unit and it now includes so much more!  You can find it in my TPT store by clicking here.

Looking for something to help you celebrate China's biggest traditional holiday in your classroom? Check out some ideas from  our Chinese New Year unit below!

Different cultures have historical traditions of celebrating the New Year.  Since Chinese New Year begins this Friday, I wanted to share with you another way to incorporate social studies into your classroom.

To help us get our facts organized, we put together our Chinese New Year foldable (it's also included in my Chinese New Year Packet).

 We are kinesthetic, so we love making foldables.  They are great for visual learners too!

One of our favorite read alouds include "Celebrating Chinese New Year" a non-fiction text that followed a family in San Francisco, as they prepare for and celebrate the Chinese New Year. 

Then we used our venn diagram to compare and contrast Chinese New Year to the January 1st New Year celebration (sorry I don't have a picture of this).

  Looking for a Chinese New Year craft?  We  thought it would be fun to make dragon puppets!  

There are lots of fun traditions  displayed to symbolize luck.  Children receive money in special red envelopes.  

I purchased the Chinese Good Luck Candy, Red Envelopes, and Good Luck Coins all on Amazon.

BIG News!

  I just want to say I'm so sorry we have been absent for awhile, but I can promise you it has been for a very good reason.  We couldn't be more excited to announce that our newest addition was born back in October!  We really wanted a second child so we are so happy but so exhausted!  So thank you for reading and supporting us on this adventure. 

Kissing Hand Activity and craft!

One of our favorite books for the first week of school is "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn.  This week I updated our Kissing Hand Unit.  

In this story, Chester, is scared to go to school.  Since many little ones may be nervous on the first day of school, this is the perfect read aloud during the first week of school.  

After reading "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn, have your students discuss their feelings on the first day of school.  We used our feelings flash cards to help us.

When we finished brainstorming, we made these cute hands and shared how we felt on the first day of school.

Here are some of the extension activities we did.

We sequenced the book and retold the story using our very own Chester puppets.

We ended our week by making homemade kissing hand cookies!

Click on the image to see more!

Editable Labels

 Spruce up your classroom and stay organized this year!   One of our projects this summer was to organize our classroom supplies!  I made a set of labels to help us stay organized.   They are editable so you can edit the text size, font, and color! Click here to see them in detail!  The white bins are from the dollar tree store.  

Teacher Binder Freebie Friday

We recently updated our teacher binder cover for the 2017-2018 school year.  These are great for staying organized and planning.

Click here to grab our latest freebie!

Classroom Library Update!

One of our main tasks we wanted to accomplish over the summer was to reorganize our classroom library.  Our library is expanding and what better way to get little ones excited about reading over the summer.   

 Seeing our new library has us feeling refreshed and inspired!  To hold the books I purchased these white bins from amazon.  To help our library stay organized,  and I created these editable classroom library labels.  Click here to see them.

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

We are linking up with Doodle Bugs this Friday to bring you a recap of the week in FIVE FOR FRIDAY!!!  Check out some ideas from  our Thanksgiving unit below!

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We practiced our sight word "the," and rhyming words using our updated poem, called Five Little Turkeys.  Great for kindergarten, and first grade!  Click the link above to grab your copy!

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We kicked off our Thanksgiving week by making Pumpkin Pie Playdough.  It was very easy to make and it smells fantastic...just like pumpkin pie!

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Playdough
1 1/2 Tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
red and yellow food coloring
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups flour


 Stir above ingredients in a pot. Heat the pot over medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the dough becomes thick.  Knead the dough when it is cool enough to handle.

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We used our homemade pumpkin pie playdough to help us make equal and unequal parts.

After our playdough fun, we did an equal and unequal parts sorting activity.

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T is for turkey.. turkey books that is.  

In this week's reading activity we used our "If You Give a Turkey a Tablecloth" book. After we finished reading the book, we glued the picture cutouts onto the correct pages to help us retell the story. 

 There's a lot to be thankful for this year... so we put a list together of some of the things we are thankful for.  

Then, we used our list to make our very own turkey booklet. This was such a great art project and Thanksgiving writing activity for kids!

In preparation for Thanksgiving, for our nonfiction reading this week.. we learned all about turkeys.

I am so excited to announce I recently updated our turkeys unit and it includes all of above Thanksgiving fun! You can find it on sale in my TPT store by clicking here. 
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For a healthier take on pumpkin pie, I came up with these super easy Pumpkin Pie Cups.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie in a Cup
1/4 vanilla pudding package
1/3 cup of pumpkin pie mix
1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt
1 graham cracker
1 clear plastic cup

1. Crush the graham cracker in a plastic bag.
2. Mix the pudding, pumpkin mix, and yogurt in a separate bowl.
3. Add the crushed graham cracker layer in a plastic cup.
4. Add the pumpkin layer
5. Top with cool whip or whipped cream!

We turned this into a gluten-free version by substituting the graham crackers for gluten-free honey grahams.