Teachers never have enough time, especially in November! There’s parent teacher conferences, the post-Halloween sugar rush, Thanksgiving, etc. Since planning and preparing centers takes a lot of time, I’ve created digital literacy and math Thanksgiving centers that require NO PREP (no cutting, printing, or laminating!) to make life a little easier and less hectic.
All is required is to assign students the digital Boom Card decks that are appropriate for them (easy differentiation) and have students access them during center time on laptops and/or iPads. So simple! (If you are not familiar with Boom Cards read this post for more information).
Since students are usually still working on mastering all of the alphabet letters and their sounds and need assessed on their mastery for parent teacher conferences, I created fun Thanksgiving turkey Boom Cards for both.
The students that still need practice recognizing and matching uppercase and lowercase alphabet letters access this deck where they drag and drop the correct missing feather to the turkey. The missing feathers vary, so they will get practice finding and matching both uppercase and lowercase letters. There are also feathers with pictures for beginning sounds / initial sounds practice.
They are self-checking so young students can complete them independently and they love the digital, interactive nature of the cards.
The students that need to practice letter sounds access this deck and look at the uppercase and lowercase letters on each turkey, hunt for the two missing feathers which have pictures that begin with the letter, and drag and drop the feathers to the correct place on the turkey’s tail.
Here is a short video that shows both of the Thanksgiving alphabet decks in action. They are also a fun way to assess students!
For November math centers, students access either the Thanksgiving number sense deck or the Thanksgiving addition deck.
Since young students need a lot of practice with number sense, I like making the center engaging and fun so it is motivating for them. It is similar in nature to the literacy centers, therefore students are already familiar with how it works. Students drag and drop the correct missing feather to the turkey. The missing feathers vary throughout the deck, so students get practice recognizing and finding numbers 1-20, tally marks, ten frames, and subitizing dots.
Here is a short video of the number sense center in action:
For students who are practicing addition to 10, I created an engaging turkey addition digital center. Students solve the addition problems by counting the feathers on each turkey, adding them together, and typing the sum in the box.
Here is a short video clip of the addition to 10 center in action. It is also self-checking allowing students to work independently.