Thursday, November 24, 2016


During this holiday season, I’m participating in a one day #GiveBackFriday sale with a wonderful group of teacherpreneurs. I’d especially like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of my customers and friends by offering two products at 50% off. Since this is the time for giving, I’ll be donating 20% of my profits to an organization called American Foundation for Children with Aids (AFCA) run by my niece, Tanya Abadia. 

AFCA supports efficient and sustainable programs that promote self-reliance for children infected and/or affected by Aids as well as their families and caregivers.  They work in regions that are underserved and marginalized providing care that is measurable, real and hope filled.  If you’re interested learning more about this organization, here is a link. 

 All you have to do is go to Tpt and type in #GiveBackFriday and you will see all the items that are half price.

The resources that I’m including are a values lesson entitled How to Beat the Holiday Blues. Holidays are a time of sadness for many, and our children are not immune. This little activity will help them to feel better about themselves.  It involves having the children give complimentary notes to each other, and the teacher.

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The second resource is a winter writing prompt bundle entited, Sno Wonderful Literacy and History Writing Prompts for Winter. It includes: No Prep Printables such as Writing Task Cards, and Posters for Narrative, Persuasive, Descriptive, Expository and Creative Writing.  History, Legends, Comprehension Questions, Rough Drafts, Graphic Organizers, Timelines, and  Final Copy Sheets.  Writing Activities consist of New Year’s Resolutions, Martin Luther King Jr, Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, President’s Day, and; General Winter Themes.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanksgiving Recipe Swap

Don’t you just love the aroma of turkey roasting in the oven? Sometimes I think that it smells better than it tastes. My mouth waters just thinking about it. Since Thanksgiving is the time for savory, mouth watering delights, how about having your class participate in a favorite recipe swap. This will get them ready for the holiday and have some fun while doing it.

Introduce this activity by talking about foods eaten for the holidays such as Easter, Yom Kippur, Chinese New Year,Thanksgiving Christmas, etc. Write all suggestions on the board. After this is finished, let them know that they will be participating in a recipe swap. Ask them to choose their favorite Thanksgiving recipe, write it down, and make up questions about it. I've come up with blank recipe cards as well as question and answer cards. By the way, you should make a copy of your favorite recipe too.

When the anticipated day arrives, they can break into their collaborative groups, have one child read their recipe, and then ask questions about it. Make sure you have enough time so that everyone can participate.

Collect the recipes and photocopy them so that each child has a copy. If this is too tedious, have the children choose the recipes that they like the best and have them copy them on the cards. Once finished, they can be stapled together and put into a little booklet that can be taken home and shared with their families.

As a culmination to this activity, and if time permits, have a tasting party, let each child bring in their favorite dish. if you decide to do this, you can let your class decorate festive placemats for the occasion. 

*Turkey image by: Sticky Foot Studio

Thanksgiving Recipe Swap

This is part of our November Teacher Talk, check out these great blog posts.

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