TPT Cyber Sale: Favorite Feedback and Fabulous Finds

We had a wonderful week, filled with Thanksgiving activities, parent-teacher conferences, and lots of delicious food! :)
Now I'm sitting on the couch, catching up on some blog reading, watching Criminal Minds (anyone else out there a fan?), and waiting for my hubby to come home! 

Speaking of our four-day weekend, I have a question for you:
Are you a Black Friday shopper?
As much as I love love LOVE Christmas shopping, I am not one to brave the crowds at 4am :)
Online websites also have their special deals... and TPT is jumping on the bandwagon! The Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale is right around the corner! Get your wish list filled and ready to shop (from the comfort of your own home) on December 2nd and 3rd! I am offering 20% off all of my products and TpT will give you another 10% if you use the checkout code CYBER. This makes for a total of 28%. 
Remember if you leave feedback you earn FREE MONEY to spend on TpT! Can't beat that!
Speaking of feedback, here are some excellent feedback comments that was left on my top two wishlisted items:
Click here to snag my Frindle Packet
Click here to snag my Similes and Metaphors Task Cards

I am planning to do some serious damage to my Wish List as well :) Here are a couple items that I've got my eye on...
So what are you waiting for? Go and fill your wish list! :)

Thankful Thread

Happy Tuesday, friends!
Phew! What a week :)
After 5 days of Parent-Teacher conferences, this is one pooped little teacher! The conferences went really well - it was such a sweet time to connect with partners, celebrate successes, and share concerns. I am so thankful for such supportive and encouragement parents.
Speaking of being thankful, I am joining Molly from "Lucky to Be in First" to share different things I'm thankful for:
Link up with Molly to share in the Thanksgiving fun!

And, as a thank-you to YOU, my lovely faithful blog followers, I have a FREEBIE that you can use to let your students know how thankful you are for them:
The packet also comes with B&W options - so print on colorful paper and save on ink! :)
If you download, please leave feedback!

Monday Made-It: Thanksgiving Craftiness

Happy Monday, friends!
I am linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her monthly "Monday Made it" linky party!
I want to share some of the crafty Thanksgiving things we've been doing in the classroom:
Warning: this post is picture-heavy :)
We're Owl-fully Thankful!
This is the bulletin board outside my classroom:
Each student colored an owl and wrote in three things they were thankful for:
Then, the students are chose a Bible verse about thankfulness and wrote it on a leaf:
Thankful Pictures
For one of our monthly art projects, the students chose a fall-themed picture and painted it with watercolors. After the pictures had dried, the students covered the picture with things that they were thankful for:
 Thank-you in Many Languages:
Continuing our discussion of thankfulness, we learned different ways to say "thank-you" in various languages from around the world. 
Then, we took time to focus not only on the gifts we are thankful for, but on the Giver of all good things. 
The students wrote thank-you prayers to God, thanking Him for His presence in their lives.
Thanksgiving Cards:
Next, here is my Monday Made-it from home.
These are some Thanksgiving cards I made for family, friends, and coworkers:
Lastly, I have a 12x12 scrapbook frame hanging in our front hallway that I change out each month. Here is my scrapbook page for November: 

Must Read Thanksgiving Mentor Text: Sarah Gives Thanks

Happy Almost-Thanksgiving Friends! :)
Give Thanks to the Lord 8x10 Art Print Christian Bible Verse Thanksgiving
I love this time of year:
the crisp weather, the fall smells, the general feeling of giving thanks in the air, the massive amounts of dessert I'm allowing myself to eat... :)

I have three half-days this week - and they will be filled with Thanksgiving Fun!
I am linking up with Amanda and Stacia for their
Must Read Mentor Text
to share a great Thanksgiving book!
Amanda blogged this morning about the awesome book
Thank-you, Sarah
Well, great minds think alike because my book is a perfect compliment to hers! :)
Amazon description: During the nineteenth century, Sarah Josepha Hale dedicated her life to making Thanksgiving a national holiday, all while raising a family and becoming a groundbreaking writer and women's magazine editor. Sarah Hale's inspiring story, accompanied by luscious watercolor illustrations, tells the tale of one woman who wouldn't take no for an answer.
Here's a glimpse inside the book: 
ReadWriteThink is an awesome website with lots of hands-on and interesting activities that will enrich a study of Sarah Hale. Click on the picture below to be taken to the resource-rich site :)

Because my students have a preconceived notion about what the first Thanksgiving looked like, I want to dispel their visions of shiny buckle-wearing pilgrims feasting on turkey with their new Indian BFFs. Scholastic has created an awesome series of videos that show what life was really life on the Mayflower, in the Plymouth Plantation, and during the first Thanksgiving meal.
Click HERE to watch this interesting documentary on the First Thanksgiving (produced by Scholastic)

Then, to extend the book further, I like to read my kids this interview with the author of the story, Mike Allegra. He is quite quirky and my students find him interesting and relate-able.
Click the picture above to be taken off-site to an interview with the author of Sarah Gives Thanks, Mike Allegra

And lastly, we've been focusing on what we're thankful for in class. Stay tuned tomorrow for a post of Thanksgiving bulletin board/art activity ideas!
In the past I have found that my students are frequently just giving a "grocery list" of things that they are thankful for. I wanted them to focus not only on the gifts they appreciate, but ultimately on the Giver of all things :)
I put this picture up on the projector and then kiddos create their own artistic versions. I laminate them and send them home as a gift on Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Give Thanks Bible Verses - nice reminder- change to a landscape format and make for Thanksgiving Day place mats :-)
Do you study Sarah Hale as part of your Thanksgiving curriculum? If you do - and you have other activity ideas to share - I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below and I'll get back to you via e-mail :)
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