Reading over Thanksgiving

An autumn wreathThanksgiving week has arrived! I hope that you and the people you care about have lots to be thankful for this year.

Reading over the Thanksgiving break

The Thanksgiving break is a fun time for kids to do some reading. The weather is cooler; you can head outside and find a cozy nook to cuddle up with a book. And there are lots of great, inspirational books for kids to read over Thanksgiving, that will help to teach them why they should be thankful for their families, food, and friends.

We’ve made a Thanksgiving reading challenge handout that you can use to motivate your students to do some reading over the break! The free PDF download for the Thanksgiving reading challenge printable can be found at the end of this post.

Thanksgiving Close Reading

Here’s a series of Thanksgiving stories that we’ve created for your kids to read and work on. The stories have been written in a Close Reading format, so that you can work through each story in detail, discussing the various new words and phrases within each story, and talking about how the information within each story applies to the lives of the students. These stories are designed to be fun, interactive, and educational. If you try them out, we hope you have fun working on them in the classroom with your students this autumn season.

Thanksgiving Reading Passages - Close Reading

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades

A Thanksgiving reading challenge

Here’s a challenge for your young readers to complete over the Thanksgiving break this November. For every ten minutes of books that they read, they can color in one of the turkey feathers on this picture. When they’re done coloring in all the feathers, they’ve completed the turkey challenge!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

It’s time for some Thanksgiving fun!

A Thanksgiving turkeyAmerican Thanksgiving is just around the corner! And I, for one, have plenty to be thankful for. It’s been a great year so far! And the holiday season is nearing – I love this time of year!

A Thanksgiving turkey craft

If you’re looking for a fun craft to make in your classroom this November, here’s a Thanksgiving turkey with a variety of different feathers that you can cut out. Your students can cut out and paste or tape together the turkey, then write the various things that they are thankful for on the provided feathers. Finally, they can color the turkey and otherwise decorate it however they like!

The free PDF download for the Thanksgiving turkey craft can be found at the bottom of this post.

Math and English Language Arts Common Core Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Stress-Free Printables Common Core Math and LiteracyLooking for something to do in the classroom in those days leading up to Thanksgiving?

Here are some easy-to-use Common Core-aligned math and literacy printables that you can use in your classroom for those days or weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Problems involve mathematics and English grammar and writing skills for a variety of grade levels.

These worksheets are designed to be stress-free, offering an easy-to-use solution for the classroom activity, or for a substitute teacher. Why not check them out?

I hope that you have a wonderful lead-up to the Thanksgiving weekend, and that your Thanksgiving is spent with food, family, and friends!

What are you and your students thankful for?

Using the following Thanksgiving turkey craft, students can cut out the featherless turkey, and the oval feathers. They can then paste the feathers onto the turkey to create a turkey with feathers. On each feather, they can write something that they are thankful for – for example, family, friends, food, pets, or good health!

When the crafts have been completed, you can put them on display on your classroom wall or on your classroom door, or let your kids take them home to put on the fridge to add some Thanksgiving cheer.

A quick disclaimer – I did this craft when I was a kid, and while I may be a turkey, I’m certainly no spring chicken. So I am pretty sure that variations of this craft qualify as “fair use”!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Common Core Math Puzzles

Thanksgiving math activitiesThis week, Thanksgiving comes to the United States. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your students for those days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, here are some Common Core aligned math puzzles with packets for grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. There also Autumn Common Core Math Puzzles available, with fall-themed puzzles for your students to solve.

The math puzzles are designed to give students a challenging goal for which completing a series of math problems will achieve the result. Worksheets in this packet are designed to be independent; as such, your students can complete one activity per day over a series of days, or you can distribute worksheets as in-class activities or homework assignments.

The math puzzles in this collection include the following activities:

  • Math Stories: Combining reading and mathematics, students must solve Thanksgiving-themed math problems in order to find out how the story goes
  • Bubble Math: Answer math problems to find pictures hidden in the bubbles
  • Picture Math: Draw a picture using equal parts imagination and math
  • Math Grid Puzzles: Find items on a two-dimensional grid according to answers to a series of math questions
  • Math Number Search: Solve some addition and subtraction problems, then search for the answers in a grid full of numbers.

Thanksgiving Common Core Math Puzzles for First Grade

First Grade

Common Core standards: 1.OA.6, 1.NBT.3, 1.NBT.6.

Thanksgiving Common Core Math Puzzles for Second Grade

Second Grade

Common Core standards: 2.OA.2, 2.NBT.4, 2.NBT.5, 2.NBT.6.

Thanksgiving Common Core Math Puzzles for Third Grade

Third Grade

Common Core standards: 3.OA.7, 3.NBT.2, 3.NF.3.

Thanksgiving Common Core Math Puzzles for Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

Common Core standards: 4.NBT.4, 4.NBT.5 4.NBT.6, 4.NF.2.

Thanksgiving Common Core Math Puzzles for Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade

Common Core standards: 5.NBT.3, 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.6, 5.NBT.7.

I hope that you and your students have a fun Thanksgiving week, and a great Thanksgiving holiday. Try not to eat too much!

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Literacy

Thanksgiving pumpkin pieThe Quick Common Core series from Mixminder contains quick and easy math worksheets for all of the grade level domains in the Common Core State Standards initiative. For Thanksgiving, there are two packets available. We’ve already posted about the Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Math set; here is the packet for English language arts, reading, literacy and comprehension.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Literacy is a booklet in PDF format containing ten colorful worksheets for various elementary school grade levels: kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. The literacy problems in this packet feature a fun Thanksgiving theme. Worksheets can be used on a daily basis as warm-ups to a lecture or lesson, as in-class activities, or as homework assignments. All of the Common Core state standards for English language arts & literacy are covered for each grade level.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of these products, please click one of the links below and download the preview. Let us know what you think!

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Literacy for Kindergarten

Kindergarten

All Common Core state standards for kindergarten English language arts and literacy are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Literacy for First Grade

First Grade

All Common Core state standards for first grade English language arts and literacy are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Literacy for Second Grade

Second Grade

All Common Core state standards for second grade English language arts and literacy are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Literacy for Third Grade

Third Grade

All Common Core state standards for third grade English language arts and literacy are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Literacy for Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

All Common Core state standards for fourth grade English language arts and literacy are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Literacy for Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade

All Common Core state standards for fifth grade English language arts and literacy are covered in this packet.

Hope you are having a great fall season so far – winter is just around the corner!

Thanksgiving Math Journal Prompts

Thanksgiving Math Journal PromptsMathbooking is a fun activity that combines the analytical skills of solving math problems with the creative fun of scrapbooking. Children can practice their math skills according to the standards in the Common Core State Standards Initiative while answering a series of math questions of varying difficulties using writing, drawing, cutting and pasting, and storytelling.

The Mathbooking: Thanksgiving Journal Prompts booklet includes 30 colorful worksheets with a series of math journal prompts featuring a Thanksgiving theme – pilgrims, turkeys, farms, the harvest of fruits and vegetables, and the many things that we can be thankful for during the fall season. The math problems are designed to test students’ problem solving skills according to the various Common Core State Standards for Mathematics domains that contain the individual Common Core standards. Math journal prompt packets are available for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes. All artwork in these packets is original and was created by us.

Please let us know if you have any feedback on our math journal prompts or for any of our educational products! We’re always looking for ways to improve upon the curriculum that we offer to satisfy a variety of teaching needs.

Thanksgiving Math Journal Prompts for First Grade

First Grade

Common Core domains: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data, Geometry.

Thanksgiving Math Journal Prompts for Second Grade

Second Grade

Common Core domains: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data, Geometry.

Thanksgiving Math Journal Prompts for Third Grade

Third Grade

Common Core domains: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number and Operations – Fractions, Measurement and Data, Geometry.

Thanksgiving Math Journal Prompts for Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

Common Core domains: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number and Operations – Fractions, Measurement and Data, Geometry.

Thanksgiving Math Journal Prompts for Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade

Common Core domains: Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number and Operations – Fractions, Measurement and Data, Geometry.

We hope that you, your family and your students have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Thanksgiving Color by Numbers in Spanish

Thanksgiving in Spanish Thanksgiving is coming up this month in the United States! A while back we posted a Thanksgiving Color by Numbers in French; for today’s post, here is a Spanish language version, with numbers and colors in Spanish.

To use this free worksheet, students should look at the picture of the Thanksgiving turkey and take note of the numbers on each piece of the Thanksgiving turkey to be colored in. They should then find the name of the number in Spanish in the color key, and then translate the Spanish color name for the associated number in order to figure out which color that they need to use to color that piece of the picture. By using this activity students can practice both numbers and color names in Spanish.

Spanish numbers

The numbers in Spanish from one to ten are:

  • One: Uno
  • Two: Dos
  • Three: Tres
  • Four: Cuatro
  • Five: Cinco
  • Six: Seis
  • Seven: Siete
  • Eight: Ocho
  • Nine: Neuve
  • Ten: Deis

And the number zero is: Cero.

Spanish colors

The colors in Spanish used in this activity are:

  • Red: Rojo
  • Black: Negro
  • Brown: Marrón
  • Blue: Azul
  • Grey: Gris
  • Orange: Anaranjado
  • Green: Verde
  • White: Blanco
  • Yellow: Amarillo

Using the Color by Numbers pages

When using the Spanish color by numbers worksheet, it is good practice to have your children or students repeat the Spanish names of the words they are coloring while they are working on the activity worksheet. This helps to reinforce the translations, and to get the names of the colors “into their heads” while they are looking at the actual colors on the worksheets.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your class!

Thanksgiving Math Goofy Glyph

Thanksgiving Math Goofy GlyphA Math Goofy Glyph is a fun and potentially silly activity that your students can complete as a craftivity while honing their Common Core math skills. Math Goofy Glyphs are math glyphs that feature actions for when your students get their answers right… and different, goofy actions for when they get their answers wrong!

With the Thanksgiving Math Goofy Glyph, your students will answer a series of math questions about their own opinions and experiences about the Thanksgiving holiday in order to create a boy or girl pilgrim character. If your students get their initial answer wrong, they’ll create a Thanksgiving Poodle instead of a pilgrim. Subsequent questions and answers will dictate how your students should dress or decorate their pilgrim or poodle glyph. The more answers the students get wrong, the more potential there is for a silly outcome. The math problems on this glyph test addition, subtraction, multiplication or division skills of varying complexity depending on your students’ grade levels; the goal is for your kids to have fun while practicing their mathematics skills in an engaging and creative way.

We’d love to hear any feedback that you have for our Goofy Glyphs or for any of our products aligned with the Common Core state standards for mathematics and literacy. If you try out any of our products in your classroom, please leave us a comment below and let us know what your students thought.

Thanksgiving Math Goofy Glyph for First Grade

First Grade

Common Core standards: 1.OA.6.

Thanksgiving Math Goofy Glyph for Second Grade

Second Grade

Common Core standards: 2.OA.2, 2.NBT.5.

Thanksgiving Math Goofy Glyph for Third Grade

Third Grade

Common Core standards: 3.OA.7, 3.NBT.2.

Thanksgiving Math Goofy Glyph for Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

Common Core standards: 4.NBT.4, 4.NBT.5.

Thanksgiving Math Goofy Glyph for Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade

Common Core standards: 5.NBT.5, 5.NBT.7.

Thanksgiving Math Goofy Glyph for Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade

Common Core standards: 6.NS.2, 6.NS.3.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Thanksgiving Color by Numbers in French

Thanksgiving in FrenchThanksgiving takes place in November in the United States – now is a good time to break out the Thanksgiving-themed worksheets and activities in your classroom for your students or children to complete. If you’re a language teacher, and you’re teaching French to your students, why not have them complete this Color by Numbers activity?

For the attached free downloadable activity, students should color the picture of the Thanksgiving turkey according to the color scheme indicated on the worksheet. If you’re interested, there is also a free Thanksgiving Color by Numbers in Spanish worksheet available for download on this site.

French numbers

The numbers in French from one to ten are:

  • One: Un
  • Two: Deux
  • Three: Trois
  • Four: Quatre
  • Five: Cinq
  • Six: Six
  • Seven: Sept
  • Eight: Huit
  • Nine: Neuf
  • Ten: Dix

And the number zero is: Zéro.

French colors

The colors in French used on this worksheet are:

  • Red: Rouge
  • Black: Noir
  • Brown: Marron
  • Blue: Bleu
  • Grey: Gris
  • Orange: Orange
  • Green: Vert
  • White: Blanc
  • Yellow: Jaune

Using the Color by Numbers pages

When using the French color by numbers worksheet, it is good practice to have your children or students repeat the French names of the words they are coloring while they are completing the activity page. This helps to reinforce the translations, and to get the names of the colors “into their heads” while they are looking at the actual colors on the worksheets.

I hope that you and your students have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Math

Thanksgiving pilgrimsFor several months now we have been selling curriculum online at two storefronts: Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook. While we’ve been offering free worksheets and activities here on Mixminder, we have also been growing our online store, to the point where we have a significant number of products available for sale. We’d like to show some of the work we’ve been doing!

For the past several months we’ve been concentrating on offering products to help teachers and homeschooling parents teach their students according to the Common Core State State Standards Initiative for mathematics and English language arts (reading and literacy). These educational standards were created by the United States government to help teachers ensure that their students have the skills and knowledge required to be successful. Students are given clear goals for learning, while teachers and schools can ensure that they are providing an education at a level that is consistent with other schools across the nation.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Math is a packet featuring ten colorful worksheets in PDF format for various elementary school grade levels with a Thanksgiving theme. These worksheets can be used on a daily basis as warm-ups to a daily classroom lesson, as in-class activities, or as homework assignments. All of the Common Core state standards for mathematics are covered for each grade level. There is also a Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Literacy packet, featuring reading and comprehension problems for each English Language Arts and Literacy standard per grade level.

It’s been a lot of fun creating products for Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the fall season! If you’re interested in learning more about the products, please click any of the links below to view the product per grade level. We’d appreciate any feedback on this or on any other products that we create, and if you have any suggestions for any other sorts of products we might create, we’d love to hear about it. Our next goal is to create products for winter and for the Christmas holidays – we’re looking forward to it!

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Math for Kindergarten

Kindergarten

All Common Core state standards for kindergarten mathematics are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Math for First Grade

First Grade

All Common Core state standards for first grade mathematics are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Math for Second Grade

Second Grade

All Common Core state standards for second grade mathematics are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Math for Third Grade

Third Grade

All Common Core state standards for third grade mathematics are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Math for Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

All Common Core state standards for fourth grade mathematics are covered in this packet.

Thanksgiving Quick Common Core Math for Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade

All Common Core state standards for fifth grade mathematics are covered in this packet.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!