Wednesday, November 21, 2012

How To Make a Pumpkin Pie Writing FREEBIE



Wow!  Thanksgiving break is here.  YAY!!!!!  But where did November go?  What a jam-packed month.  So many fun activities and not enough time to do it all.  Well, we say good-bye to our Thanksgiving theme and move on to our North Pole-Christmas theme that starts next week.  One of the biggest projects we do is our Holiday Cookbook as a gift to our parents.  Students get to write a recipe in their own words on how they think their favorite food is made.  Each year is scares the you-know-what out of us as we start modeling the activity and have the kids think of the step by step process of making something.  It's like pulling teeth out or pulling your hair out stressful, but when its done, its amazingly cool.  And then you have this sense of accomplishment and think, "Oh, yeah.  It wasn't THAT bad."

This year I we tried to prep our kids a little bit during our Pumpkins theme by doing a "How to Carve a Pumpkin" writing.  You can pick up that FREEBIE at our TPT store HERE.  We modeled this with the whole class and then had the kids do it on their own.  It gave a pretty good picture of who is going to need the most in-depth help during the cookbook writing.

During our Thanksgiving theme, we came up with a "How to Make a Pumpkin Pie" writing activity.  Since there were SO many Thanksgiving activities to do in Novemer we didn't actually have the kids do the writing on their own for this one, but just did a class writing on the Mimio.  The students used the pictures to help them think about the steps for making a homemade pumpkin pie.  After we finished the class writing on the Mimio one of my students asked if we could find a video of someone making a pumpkin pie...so I jumped on that opportunity.  What a great way to check and see how accurate we were at writing the steps (since I've never in my life made a homemade pumpkin pie).  As we watched the video, I would pause every so often for students to check back and see if we were right.  They thought this was pretty neat.

So...next week when we start the dreaded Holiday Cookbook, I am hoping my students are a little big more prepared....and that I'm not pulling my hair out.

Grab your FREEBIE "How to Make a Pumpkin Pie" writing activity HERE at our TPT store.  We would love your feedback.  Thanks for stopping into our blog...and hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!



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