Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Guest Post! {With a Freebie!}

Hi All Kindergarten Peeps! I am Mary from 
I am excited about guest blogging today for all you Learning Detectives!
I am gearing up for Thanksgiving next week with a ton of FUN activities and ideas to share.
We are making Native American crafts and symbols of Thanksgiving art projects.
Here is a peak at some art that we finished this week.
We are creating ART everywhere to help make this season memorable for each learners.

One of my favorite things to do during this special time of year is to combine my Thanksgiving feast with progress reports since both usually occur at the same time! How do I do this? I create a FUN reward system for my students to "earn" their Native American feathers for their headbands.
I pick one element I need to assess and assign it a color. Then, I print out the assessment sheet for each student and explain it to them. If you can do that element, you earn that feather. Since I need to assess 6 elements, students can earn up to 6 feathers. 
They are so highly motivated it is almost ridiculous! But boy, do I love it and so do they! So many of my students earn all their feathers and it is a HUGE praise aspect to the feast.

Here is a visual of the headband and possible feathers and a peek at our 
"How Many Feathers Have I Earned" Progress Reports sheet.
Here are my areas of assessment:

Yellow- write your name- must be completely correct.
Orange- write your numbers to 20- again must be completely correct.
Red- Read more than 25 sight words. (I have introduced and taught more than 50.)
Purple- Read an easy reader to me with no mistakes. (I give some students 3 mistakes but they can try as many times as they want.) I also look for tracking text, turning pages, using sight words, using decoding skills, etc.
Blue- Identify each letter we have learned so far and the sound it makes.
 Green- Behavioral goal for the whole week!

I uploaded this word file into Google Docs {which is now called Google Drive}
for you to download and edit as you see fit. The font is free from 
Kevin and Amanda called Oh! {Photo} Shoot, 
but if you do not have that font, your computer will convert it for you.

I hope these ideas help you add some FUN to your classroom. As always, I am THANKFUL for all of you who read these posts. 
  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Isn't she wonderful???  Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous ideas with us today, Mary! <3


  1. Oh my goodness. Such a great idea! Well planned!
    Amy Howbert

    Little Miss Organized

  2. What about the kids that don't earn their feather? Isn't this headband a way to brag? In a sense, it seems that it also belittles the non achievers...

  3. I was already a follower but found you again through TBTS! Love your work!



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