Sunday, November 25, 2012

After Thanksgiving and Christmas Writing

It's the last day of our Thanksgiving break, and I'm thinking about seeing the kids in my class tomorrow {after having a week off}.

The first day back will start with a lot of chatter about what happened over the break.

We'll start the morning off with a sharing circle {something we do each Monday}. It's a great opportunity to work on listening and speaking skills. The sharing animal {small stuffed animal} is passed around the circle and held by each child as he/she shares. It's a great way to start the week. I'm also able to give children my undivided attention as they share. I learn about their lives outside of school.

I'll also have the children share by writing about what they did during the Thanksgiving break. I created some writing activities that I call "Thanksgiving Writing {After the Feast}".

"Our Thanksgiving Feast" is a great way to integrate reading, writing, and listening. The students get to read their writing to two friends. {Make sure you model this first.} The students stop and listen to their friends read their writing to them. Children love an audience for their writing. Their FAVORITE part is putting their "official" signature on their friends' papers. 

Now, it's on to Christmas writing. I have two new packets filled with holiday writing printables.

Christmas Writing for Firsties

Christmas Writing For Kinders

Both of the packets include printables for a letter to Santa and a "Greetings From an Elf" holiday card. Click on the pictures to preview more.

Enjoy the last day of your break!


  1. Thanks for the after Thanksgiving writing freebies! They are great!

  2. What a totally great idea! Thanks so much for the freebies! I'm changing my plans for tomorrow and adding these!
    ΡΌ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. Great idea for a way to recap Thanksgiving activities!


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