One of the fun things my team does before the Thanksgiving holiday is have a Monster Sandwich experience with our classes. We are having fun making text connections. I never thought I would sit and share a six foot sandwich with everything thing on it (sometimes including pickles, cucumbers, and cheetos, haha!) before teaching at my school. We read the book Monster Sandwich by Joy Cowley at the beginning of the week and made a list of everything we wanted on our sandwich. Then, everyone signed up to bring something.
I sent a note home that day telling parents what their child signed up for. I try and have two students bring each item just in case someone forgets or can’t, we have enough. Here are pictures from last year’s Monster Sandwich. Last year I looked at my team like they were nuts for doing this, but just like carving 22 pumpkins was survivable, so was this…and fun to boot!
My students always love this activity and it helps us end our Pilgrim and Native American’s Thanksgiving Unit with a fun experience. Also, the students do cut everything themselves with a plastic knife, under my supervision of course. Some children have never had the opportunity to cut and cook before. As you can see, our pickles were quite chunky but who cares! The rule was if you don’t like it, pull it off. I did have a student last year that couldn't eat meat so cut hers off first and then added the meat. It was so much fun! There’s still time. You can jump on the Monster Sandwich bandwagon!!
Another Thanksgiving favorite is our November Early Finisher's Tub. These activities are kid test and definitely teacher approved. They can be used in the EFT or as center games.