Friday, October 14, 2011

November Units and Calendar

We’ve received several request to post another calendar for the month of November that outlines how we will be using all of our thematic units . . . so, here’s a little peek at what our month will look like.

November 2011 Calendar

Since Halloween Day falls on a Monday this year AND we know the kids will only have one thing on their mind . . . we are planning to spend most of our day using one of our favorite Halloween themed stories {Harriet’s Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson} to reinforce some of the reading, writing and math skills our kids have been working on.

We have put together a literature and math packet to go with the story.  There should be enough activities included to keep your kiddos busy ALL day long!!!image 

The rest of the month we will be using all of these sets of centers . . .

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scarecrow sneak peek

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sneak peek

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Pilgrim and Indian Sneak Peek

Some of you who have been purchasing our items may notice that the format of our sentence scrambles are changing. At this point in the year we are expecting students to begin to independently identify which word the sentence should begin with (without it having a capital letter printed) and what kind of punctuation mark should go at the end. This is definitely more challenging . . . but you will be surprised at how well your kids will do with it.

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18 comments:

  1. For your 'pilgrims and Indians' unit you should consider using a different term than 'Indian'. It is a politically incorrect term and completely incorrect - to reinforce this term in classrooms only continues the program. Try using terms such as 'First Nations'or 'Indigenous'. You can discuss with your students why 'Indian' is offensive and incorrect - you can even use this as an opportunity to educate students about why Columbus referred to First Nations peoples as 'Indian'.

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  2. You guys are amazing! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with the rest of the First grade world! Your units that I have used this year have been so helpful and brought back some fun to my lessons. Again, thanks for all you both do!

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  3. Thank you so much Carolyn . . . we appreciate your kind words. So glad that you and your kiddos have enjoyed the activities that you have purchased from us.

    AND . . . thank you so much for the anonymous suggestion. As a registered member of the Cherokee Tribe I have never been offended by the term "Indian" nor has my family. We both use the term "Native Americans" and "Indians" with our students during our Thanksgiving unit.

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  4. I love your stuff! Planning on buying many of the units from TpT. Any chance on a sale coming soon?

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  5. Love the units. Perhaps you ladies could come up with a (as usually) literature unit for the month of November!

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  6. Hi! I have downloaded many of your things from TpT as well as the "Pilgrims and Indians" unit that I WON through your Facebook page. They are PERFECT except for one thing: when there are typed words besides the titles (like instructions, words on the "problem solving cards", etc.), my computer shows them as black chunks or lines! Any idea why this happens? I've saved them as pdf files and they look normal on your site...just can't get them to open correctly! I'm using a Mac, and I'm usually very computer-literate, but can't figure this out! Thanks for your help! Leah

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  7. I just LOVE all of your teacher created items! I thought that I was all set for November until I saw your Turkey and Indian items! I'm heading right over to TPT to add them to my wishlist! Thanks for being so creative! :)

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  8. I wanted to also comment that the reason Columbus called them "Indian" is because he thought he had sailed all the way to "India" and so he called the people Indians....he didn't realize till later, that he didn't reach India and that he was actually further West. I, too, am "Cherokee" and do not find it offensive... I take pride in it. You only take offense if you want to.

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