I'm returning to participate in another Pick 3 Pinterest party, except this time, I didn't really follow the rules... I picked 4. Yep, I'm starting out with a bonus. You can click on any of the pictures to go directly to the website where the idea is found.
I have actually done this first activity before. It is great and the kids are just amazed at how easy the process is. When I made it with my second graders a couple years ago, we added a squeeze of honey to our butter for some added yumminess. It really is delicious. I found these easy to follow steps at Buggy and Buddy.
Since the butter idea isn't new to me, I wanted to find a new Sciency idea to do with my second graders and I found this...
I'm very intrigued by the idea. You will be too if you click on the picture to visit More Than ABC and 123 and see the teacher's final picture. I tried the whole put-dirt-inside-a-pumpkin-to-grow-a-new-pumpkin one year. That was fun. And educational. I just really like the idea of the kids seeing how the food we eat can be used to create new food. According to the teacher's blog, if I start the corn experiment the first week of November (this week), we should have a really great plant growing by Thanksgiving.
It's so important for the kids to practice being thankful and thinking about other people. It's so, so easy to get wrapped up in yourself and your world, especially when you're a kid.
Whether it's writing ideas on turkey feathers or creating a "thankful tree," I like doing some sort of "be thankful" craft or bulletin board. I really like the simplicity of this tree from the DIY Mommy, and it would also be a great classroom decoration.
I can't participate in a Pick 3 without sharing some sort of food idea, so here's an idea I plan on using this year for some of the people that I'm thankful for in my life.
These cute little turkeys can be found at Clean and Scentsible. I originally pinned them because I thought they would be cute to either make for my second grade team or for Thanksgiving table treats.
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving month, and if you have some ideas up your sleeves, consider linking up and sharing. I know I'm excited to see all the other November pins.