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January Resources

I'm dreading going back. I've enjoyed my morning ritual of having a cup of coffee, watching TV, and browsing Facebook and teacher blogs while in my jammies! I'll have to say good bye to all that when our vacation ends.
 
January Resources: books, videos, and resources for teachers for the month of January including winter, science, social studies, and Martin Luther King Jr.


But the good news is: I get to see the kids again! Plus, there's a lot of fun stuff that can be done in January! (Well, besides testing and Progress Reports!)


First of all, it's winter. Now I've never been crazy about the snow or the cold, but the kiddos love playing in the snow, and I love their enthusiasm. Therefore, I look for opportunities to include winter themes in my classroom. Let's start with books! (Each image is a link to Amazon for more information!)

Here are a couple of fun resources to help the kids practice the basics in a fun way.
                           
 
HERE is a link to the winter video on Brain Pop Jr. Don't you love the way they put sophisticated concepts into language the children can understand?

Besides winter, there are a couple of days that are important. We have a day off for Martin Luther King Jr. In a couple of weeks. Besides making sure the kids know why we have the day off, I think Dr. King was an amazing man. I always spend some time talking about Dr. King, and love the innocent passion I always get from the kids each year. "They couldn't use the same bathroom? That's...just...so...wrong!" They are amazing!
                 
HERE's a link to the Brain Pop Martin Luther King Free movie! 

A lesser known holiday: Friday January 9th is National Static Electricity Day. It's handy that it lands when the air is so dry, since it gives us plenty of opportunities to explore static electricity! (I suspect that was intentional, but I know nothing about how National Static Electricity Day came to be!)

Speaking of electricity, did you realize Ben Franklin's birthday is January 17th? Now he's an interesting guy! 

     
I love all the little holidays.  Brain research tells us that children need novelty to learn. Well, all these little days are a great way to bring novelty into the classroom! See this resource for more of these fun little holidays! Click here: School Days are Fun Days Calendar of Fun 2021.


Don't forget...
January Resources: books, videos, and resources for teachers for the month of January including winter, science, social studies, and Martin Luther King Jr.

If you enjoy celebrating individual days, you'll love January Morning Meeting Greeting Activities! I'm trying to make your life easier by writing your morning letters for you. Each day includes the full date, something to celebrate on that date, and questions designed to get the children thinking! These can be used for discussions or writing prompts, and can be used occasionally or as a daily morning routine. Plus, they will be updated each year!
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/January-Morning-Meeting-Greeting-Activities-4255779?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=January%20Calendar%20Questions

Here's another look at the individual pages!


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/January-Morning-Meeting-Greeting-Activities-4255779?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=January%20Calendar%20Questions

You may also be interested in this creation: Science and Social Studies Printables for January. There are activities for winter, Ben Franklin, static electricity, Martin Luther King Jr., mapping, and making timelines. See the image below for the link. (Be sure to download the preview for more details!)
 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/January-Science-and-Social-Studies-Activities-1630331?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=January%20S%20and%20SS

I've also put several January items into a bundle that has pretty much everything you'll need for those first few weeks back! 

This image gives you some ideas about what's in it, but if you want a closer look, check out my preview here: January Bundle or see the image below.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/January-Resources-Bundle-3540914?utm_source=Elementary%20Matters%20Blog&utm_campaign=January%20Resource%20Bundle


Enjoy your January!


January Resources: books, videos, and resources for teachers for the month of January including winter, science, social studies, and Martin Luther King Jr.


Thanksgiving Resources

Wow, Thankgiving is practically upon us!  

Can you believe it?  After that, Christmas, then another year!  Life, please slow down?

 
Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!
 

Well, I want to spend the next 7 school days celebrating Thanksgiving. It's a great opportunity to "throw in" a little history, as well as enjoy the things for which we are grateful!

How do I squeeze all this in? Well, I always start with loads of books.  Here's a collection of books I've loved. Some are fun, some are informational. I like to have a lot of books for each interest and each reading level so they all can enjoy them at independent reading time!

                                                            

Books are always a great start. Movies are another fun way to enjoy the holidays!


See the above image for a link to BrainPOP Jr's free Thanksgiving video! Don't you love BrainPOP?

Here are a couple of movies I've found on Youtube with a Thanksgiving theme.  Feel free to preview them and choose what is right for your group!





HERE are some videos from Scholastic that have been filmed at Plimouth Plantation. These are definitely worth a watch!

I try to squeeze in the holidays in all the subjects. This resource has loads of math and literacy activities with the Thanksgiving theme I'll be using these all week!


Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!


Here's a freebie version of the above product!

Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!

There are a few Thanksgiving themed items in my November Science and Social Studies Printables! 

Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!


There's an information mini-book about turkeys, complete with fun facts, vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, and a reflection page. (My kiddos LOVED this, especially the fun facts!)
 
Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!


Plus, there's a sorting activity, where the children have to decide if facts might have happened back in 1621, or if it couldn't have happened back then. Be prepared for giggles!

Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!


Here's a math game with a Turkey theme to practice those +9 facts. My kids LOVE this one!

Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!

Here's a freebie version of the above game:

Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!


I'm a big believer in having children illustrate ideas to help internalize learning. Here's my Thanksgiving Story, Informational Text in kid's language, for them to visualize and illustrate.

Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!

I can't let Thanksgiving go by without a reference to football! When I was a kid, we always had a football game in the morning, and a turkey in the afternoon. (My dad was a football coach!)

Here are links to a couple of football games my kids love!


Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!


Here's a freebie version of the above set:

Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!

Here's is a favorite with my boys:  Football Past and Present Verbs! Yes, all these verbs have something to do with football!
Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving Resources - books, videos, resources, and a couple of freebies, all with a Thanksgiving theme!
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