First, I found two FREE math games on TPT that were perfect for both my 1st and 2nd graders respectively. Click on each picture if you would like to download it for your classroom.
First Graders played "Gobble Bump" which enabled them to practice their addition skills.
In writing, we made two things: "Thankful Trees," and "Unusual Things to Be Thankful For."
I got the idea somewhere but can't seem to find it right now :( For the "Thankful Trees," students chose 5 things that they are thankful for. Then they wrote a page about why they were thankful for each thing. After that, they made their trees and we stapled their writing next to their trees. They also added pictures on their book covers of the things that they are thankful for this year. Thank goodness the art teacher is so nice in sharing her bulletin board space:) Here is a picture:
here. I think that next year I might combine these two lessons together.
Today was the highlight though I think for many of my students. We made a project that I remember making when I was in elementary school:) I think that the kids really got a kick out of knowing that:) We made apple turkeys with: apples, toothpicks, marshmallows, and raisins.