The Littlest Pilgrim, Symmetrical Turkeys, and Scarecrows…OH MY!

You guys *might* remember these little guys from last year


We made a whole new set of symmetrical turkeys today and the kids were SO intense!  We talked a TON about the concept of symmetry and then I sent the kids off to make their own symmetrical patterns {for turkey feathers}.  LOVE how different each one turned out!


I forgot to mention that we did our fun little pumpkin adjective/simile activity last week.  It went along perfectly with Abby’s recent pumpkin activities!


{The purple words describe the OUTSIDE of the pumpkin and the green words describe the INSIDE.}

There’s nothin’ cuter than scarecrows this time of year and we made the CUTEST scarecrows to hang in the halls. This cute little craftivity was the brain child of my team leader.  LOVE.  First, we read this book…


We talked about character/setting/problem/solution and then I had the kids write about each story element on a large piece of construction paper.  When they were finished writing, they turned their paper over and turned it into “The Little Scarecrow Boy”!!!!  Too stinkin’ cute!



One of our literacy/reading objectives this week is to describe characters in a story.  First, we read this book…


And then we filled a little character chart with words describing the main character, Mini.


It was a little challenging to get the kids to think about words to describe her…they immediately wanted to talk about how she looked {brown hair, peach skin, girl, she wore a bonnet, etc.}  After talking to them about WHO she was and now HOW she looked, they were able to come up with some really great descriptions!!!  Once we filled out our little character chart, I had the kids make a little pilgrim peekover and write three complete sentences describing Mini {the main character}.  They turned out so cute!!  The kids did a GREAT job on this little writing project!



Now we’re busy getting ready for our 1st grade Thanksgiving feast next week!!  If you need some fun Thanksgiving activities, check out what we did last year…HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.  You *might* find something you can use!

And if you’re in need of some Thanksgiving themed math tub & literacy center activities, I’ve got a unit ready to go!  However, my dang computer is throwing all kinds of hissy fits right now and I CAN’T UPLOAD it to TpT!!!!  Darnit!  It contains 10 math tub activities, word problems, and 10 literacy center activities & writing prompts.  I’m *hoping* to have it up by tomorrow if I can get things to start working!!! 


  1. First, I can't believe I'm the first one to comment! :)
    I love all of this.
    The symmetrical turkeys and the Littlest Pilgrim are my favorites.
    Thanks for sharing!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  2. Cara, I was having the same problem last night with Tpt!!! I was so frustrated! It finally worked and I was so relieved. I know exactly how you feel! Can't wait until you get it on TpT!

    Miss Kindergarten
    Target Treasures

  3. aw!! cute! Thank you for linking up with your last year's posts (I'm HORRIBLE at looking in archives!). I got some really cute ideas I can do with my 2nd graders now! I'll be sure to send them your way to look at the originals! :)

  4. Love it all!!!!

    PS. Your Thanksgiving activities remind me of when I first "met" you via blogging last year!!!!

  5. ok it looks like I will be studying your blog all day...that's a lot of links...darn this really takes up all my good blogging time! :)
    I'll be back after school!
    Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

  6. The turky symmetry is Super Cute! Those would go perfectly with our Turkey Tangram activity I'll be posting soon!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Mrs. Johnson's First Grade

  7. Very cute! Your students are lucky to have such a creative teacher!

    Teachers Cannot Live By Apples Alone

  8. Cute, but of course!!!! Love the scarecrows. I may just have to steal that idea! ;)

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  9. So cute! I just LOVE this time of year! It always seems like I run out of "time" before running out of fun classroom things to do during the Holidays!

  10. We read "The Littlest Pilgrim" today and the children loved it! It is such a sweet story. I love your activity that goes along with the book. Too cute!

  11. You have such creative ideas! I always look forward to your posts. :) I especially like how well you connect art and literacy. I love your charts and am SO green with envy over your artistic ability! Thanks for sharing your incredible ideas.


  12. I love the sign you made for your Littlest Pilgrim display ("Let's talk Character Details"). Could you make that downloadable so I could use it? I'm just not as artistic...

  13. I LOVE the symmetrical turkeys. Thanks for sharing

    First Grade Delight

  14. I love the symmetrical turkeys - it fits in perfectly with our math unit right now! One question - did you make dicuts of the pattern blocks or did you purchase them somewhere? I would love to do this activity next week :)

  15. Oh I just love the turkeys too! I also am wondering how you got the pattern block shapes on paper. I only have the plastice ones and we don't have a die cut:(

  16. Hello, I would love a copy of the turkey from the mailbox magazine. Thanks!!! Great ideas

  17. I just love the book, "The Littlest Pilgrim" and am definitely going to be using your idea to go along with it this week. Thanks so much for sharing!


    The Teddy Bear Classroom