We've continued to work on a few things for Thanksgiving this week. I choose this for our final craft: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/mtpturkey.htm Here is how ours turned out:
They were pretty easy to make, although the tops kept popping off whenever they were moved. I would say this is a decoration that would be good on a shelf where it won't get bumped or moved around.
The day before any major holiday break, we celebrate the day by doing themed work. You'd be amazed at what you can find for free on the internet, and the kids have so much fun doing it, they forget that it is work!
Here are my favorite sites for ideas and holiday worksheets:
Yesterday, they were given the assignment to name a turkey and write a story about him or her. They had to tell whether or not the turkey got eaten on Thanksgiving. They were pretty funny. We read a book about a turkey that poses as a pizza delivery boy to avoid getting eaten on Thanksgiving - thus the pizza references. Here are their stories (post mommy spelling editing - the grammar is their own) - I thought you'd enjoy reading them.
Tickturkey is funny. He is crazy. He gets lost, but a pizza man shows up. The pizza man throwed the turkey in the house and they cooked him and ate him. This is Jacob's story.
It was the day before Thanksgiving and John Turkey was the main course. Then turkey had an idea. Turkey dressed up as a sword but the farmer found him, and accidently killed himself by running into his blade. Then turkey ran away and got up to Heaven where he was safe.
(a tad violent, but what eight year old boy isn't??)
It was the day before Thanksgiving. My turkey Cookie got cooked. First, Mommy made the cornocopia while Daddy made the cranberry salad. Next, Mommy made corn and Daddy cooked Cookie Turkey. But when Cookie came out, she was hot pink! That made the girls happy. The boys did not like it. She turned pink because she was a rainbow turkey. The boys said, "no" to eating it, but the girls already ate it all gone.
I had them re-write their stories today on lined paper with a turkey header. Cute!
They also did Thanksgiving word searches, crossword puzzles, math sheets, and a simple craft:
http://www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/m-givethanks-turkey.htm which they used as a cover for the Thanksgiving Book (I just put together everything that they did today with their story in the front).