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November 1, 2017

Grab and Go: Free November Lessons and Printables

By Meghan Everette
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    November can be a tough teaching month. You feel the days getting shorter while at the same time, the content gets tougher. Sprinkle in a few holidays among the data meetings and planning sessions, and the stress mounts. There have been many times in the past when my students and I needed a break from the academic push, but I couldn’t give up on standards altogether. And because of those moments, I’d be spending Sunday nights scanning the web to find free, fun, fall-themed work that didn’t feel so serious.

    Here I’ve collected some grab-and-go, free Scholastic Teachables and partnered them with activities to ratchet up the learning potential. I broke out suggestions by grade level, but take a peek outside your normal grade to find useful tools for any age.

    Parent Involvement

    Scholastic Teachable: Thanksgiving Memories Mini-Book
    Skills
    : Sentence Writing, Speaking and Listening
    Obvious Use
    : Send home this little self-folding book and have students interview a family member. Simple sentence writing is all that is needed for students to have a great memory they can share with the class.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Compile student pages into a class book that can be saved and read. You can fit four mini-book pages on one standard sheet by cutting them apart. Label each section with a heading for a quick lesson in text features or scan the pages in for a digital gift to share with families this Thanksgiving.

     

    Kindergarten

    Scholastic Teachable: "In the Fall": Poem for Sight Word all
    Skills:
    Sight Words
    Obvious Use:
    Group reading the poem with students identifying the word all is the obvious use of the poem. Extend the learning by having students circle the sight words they already know, box in the words they are struggling with, and highlighting the word all. You can project the page, rewrite it as a class anchor chart, or hand out individual prints.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Have students draw a fall pictures that shows “all” of something. Have students write or dictate a sentence using all to describe their picture.

     

    First Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Observant Owl: Animal Art Project
    Skills:
    Following Directions, Verbs, Story Structure, Day and Night
    Obvious Use:
    This art project creates a cute owl that has a scientific twist — the head can turn like a real owl! The project takes a bit of cutting and I’d suggest getting the basic shapes cut from construction paper for each student before starting. The pattern calls for a stapler, but I used a glue stick for most of the work as well.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Cover Objectives Across the Curriculum by incorporating an Owl Moon book study with your owl pattern. Teach with Venn diagrams, cover science objectives, and use the book to discover story structure.

     

    Second Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Veterans Day Mini-Book
    Skills:
    Reading Comprehension, Text-Dependent Questions
    Obvious Use:
    Conduct a close read of the mini-text to learn about the history and purpose of Veterans Day. Then give students a simple set of text-dependent questions to answer by looking back at the text. Second graders should have no problem finding answers in the text to support their responses.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    For a fun and patriotic hall display, have students create a flag. Use a red piece of construction paper and affix six white stripes with glue. A quarter-page makes a great blue background and a hole-punch creates 50 quick “stars.” You can even branch into math by having students put starts in 5 rows of 10 to ensure they have 50. Attach the book in the bottom corner as a record of their close-read learning.

     

     

    Third Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Thanksgiving: Then and Now
    Skills:
    Comparison and Contrast
    Obvious Use:
    The printable suggests drawing a face of a child on each of the "then and now" sides of the paper. Write in the differences in what children do today versus the 17th century based on what you’ve read and know of life today. Cut out the facts and glue them around the images of then and now where they make the most sense.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Cutting and attaching the two sections of "then and now" to a new piece of paper gives students more room to work. Print two photos of each child to cut out and attach for an attention-getting image. Draw a large Venn diagram around the images and have students identify commonalities between then and now for the middle section.

     

     

    Fourth Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Fact or Folklore? Turkey Fortune Teller
    Skills:
    Fact, Fiction, and Folklore
    Obvious Use:
    Discuss with students the terms fact, fiction, and folklore. Then cut out and fold the turkey teller according to the directions. Game directions show how to play taking turns peeking under the flaps and guessing if the fact is a fact, a work of fiction, or part of folklore.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Have students look up facts and folklore on any topic they are studying. Holidays will have a lot to choose from, but so will concepts like the ocean or Greek history. Have students make a list of facts, fiction, and statements from folklore. They can then make their own cootie catcher with the same folding directions, but can add in their found information. Give students a chance to play with one another to learn across topics. And, of course, pop over to Scholastic’s The First Thanksgiving for incredible resources on life during the first Thanksgiving!

     

    Fifth Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Gobble Gobble! Coordinate Graphing
    Obvious Use:
    After students know the basics of graphing on a coordinate grid in Quadrant I, let them try their hand at larger numbers on this Scholastic Teachable that will turn into a turkey when done correctly. Encourage students to connect the dots as they go to avoid confusion and, of course, allow time for coloring the turkey for the best-looking math around.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Challenge students to create their own coordinate grid image. Start by labeling a coordinate grid and then drawing an image with straight lines that stop at intersection points on the grid. Create a chart like the one shown in the Teachable putting the dots in order that they should be connected. Then make another chart and copy over just the dots. Be sure to copy and share to see if classmates can follow each other’s graphing image.

     

     

    Many of these activities are suitable to a variety of grades. Make life easy on yourself this November by grabbing an easy and fun activity that will keep kids learning while the get into all that fall has to offer. Try Scholastic Teachables free for 30 days and get access to more than 20,000 printables, lessons, mini-books, and activities to teach holidays, seasonal themes, and more.


    November can be a tough teaching month. You feel the days getting shorter while at the same time, the content gets tougher. Sprinkle in a few holidays among the data meetings and planning sessions, and the stress mounts. There have been many times in the past when my students and I needed a break from the academic push, but I couldn’t give up on standards altogether. And because of those moments, I’d be spending Sunday nights scanning the web to find free, fun, fall-themed work that didn’t feel so serious.

    Here I’ve collected some grab-and-go, free Scholastic Teachables and partnered them with activities to ratchet up the learning potential. I broke out suggestions by grade level, but take a peek outside your normal grade to find useful tools for any age.

    Parent Involvement

    Scholastic Teachable: Thanksgiving Memories Mini-Book
    Skills
    : Sentence Writing, Speaking and Listening
    Obvious Use
    : Send home this little self-folding book and have students interview a family member. Simple sentence writing is all that is needed for students to have a great memory they can share with the class.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Compile student pages into a class book that can be saved and read. You can fit four mini-book pages on one standard sheet by cutting them apart. Label each section with a heading for a quick lesson in text features or scan the pages in for a digital gift to share with families this Thanksgiving.

     

    Kindergarten

    Scholastic Teachable: "In the Fall": Poem for Sight Word all
    Skills:
    Sight Words
    Obvious Use:
    Group reading the poem with students identifying the word all is the obvious use of the poem. Extend the learning by having students circle the sight words they already know, box in the words they are struggling with, and highlighting the word all. You can project the page, rewrite it as a class anchor chart, or hand out individual prints.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Have students draw a fall pictures that shows “all” of something. Have students write or dictate a sentence using all to describe their picture.

     

    First Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Observant Owl: Animal Art Project
    Skills:
    Following Directions, Verbs, Story Structure, Day and Night
    Obvious Use:
    This art project creates a cute owl that has a scientific twist — the head can turn like a real owl! The project takes a bit of cutting and I’d suggest getting the basic shapes cut from construction paper for each student before starting. The pattern calls for a stapler, but I used a glue stick for most of the work as well.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Cover Objectives Across the Curriculum by incorporating an Owl Moon book study with your owl pattern. Teach with Venn diagrams, cover science objectives, and use the book to discover story structure.

     

    Second Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Veterans Day Mini-Book
    Skills:
    Reading Comprehension, Text-Dependent Questions
    Obvious Use:
    Conduct a close read of the mini-text to learn about the history and purpose of Veterans Day. Then give students a simple set of text-dependent questions to answer by looking back at the text. Second graders should have no problem finding answers in the text to support their responses.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    For a fun and patriotic hall display, have students create a flag. Use a red piece of construction paper and affix six white stripes with glue. A quarter-page makes a great blue background and a hole-punch creates 50 quick “stars.” You can even branch into math by having students put starts in 5 rows of 10 to ensure they have 50. Attach the book in the bottom corner as a record of their close-read learning.

     

     

    Third Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Thanksgiving: Then and Now
    Skills:
    Comparison and Contrast
    Obvious Use:
    The printable suggests drawing a face of a child on each of the "then and now" sides of the paper. Write in the differences in what children do today versus the 17th century based on what you’ve read and know of life today. Cut out the facts and glue them around the images of then and now where they make the most sense.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Cutting and attaching the two sections of "then and now" to a new piece of paper gives students more room to work. Print two photos of each child to cut out and attach for an attention-getting image. Draw a large Venn diagram around the images and have students identify commonalities between then and now for the middle section.

     

     

    Fourth Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Fact or Folklore? Turkey Fortune Teller
    Skills:
    Fact, Fiction, and Folklore
    Obvious Use:
    Discuss with students the terms fact, fiction, and folklore. Then cut out and fold the turkey teller according to the directions. Game directions show how to play taking turns peeking under the flaps and guessing if the fact is a fact, a work of fiction, or part of folklore.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Have students look up facts and folklore on any topic they are studying. Holidays will have a lot to choose from, but so will concepts like the ocean or Greek history. Have students make a list of facts, fiction, and statements from folklore. They can then make their own cootie catcher with the same folding directions, but can add in their found information. Give students a chance to play with one another to learn across topics. And, of course, pop over to Scholastic’s The First Thanksgiving for incredible resources on life during the first Thanksgiving!

     

    Fifth Grade

    Scholastic Teachable: Gobble Gobble! Coordinate Graphing
    Obvious Use:
    After students know the basics of graphing on a coordinate grid in Quadrant I, let them try their hand at larger numbers on this Scholastic Teachable that will turn into a turkey when done correctly. Encourage students to connect the dots as they go to avoid confusion and, of course, allow time for coloring the turkey for the best-looking math around.
    Twist on the Teachable:
    Challenge students to create their own coordinate grid image. Start by labeling a coordinate grid and then drawing an image with straight lines that stop at intersection points on the grid. Create a chart like the one shown in the Teachable putting the dots in order that they should be connected. Then make another chart and copy over just the dots. Be sure to copy and share to see if classmates can follow each other’s graphing image.

     

     

    Many of these activities are suitable to a variety of grades. Make life easy on yourself this November by grabbing an easy and fun activity that will keep kids learning while the get into all that fall has to offer. Try Scholastic Teachables free for 30 days and get access to more than 20,000 printables, lessons, mini-books, and activities to teach holidays, seasonal themes, and more.


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