November is such a busy month! How can you find time to teach Thanksgiving vocabulary, words like Pilgrims, Mayflower, and thankful? Thanksgiving riddles might be just what you need!
In the midst of Election Day, Veterans’ Day, and all the school stuff like conferences and report cards that keep you soooooo busy this month, the amount of teaching time available is likely to be less just when you really need MORE!
What are you doing to make the best use of the time you have? I highly recommend integrated curriculum! Teaching across subject matter lines will help your students…
- See connections in their learning, from one subject to another
- Develop skills in one area of the curriculum by using their strengths in another area
- Master important vocabulary by working with it in multiple contexts
You’re probably already doing things to integrate curriculum to help your students learn Thanksgiving vocabulary! Here’s an example: Have you used a read aloud for Thanksgiving? Have you taken a few moments before and during the reading to refresh your students’ knowledge of vocabulary? Have you developed/solved Thanksgiving content-based writing activities, or word problems in math? (Don’t miss the bonus freebies at that last link!)
If the answer to those questions is yes, you’ve integrated curriculum! You’ve helped your students retain content vocabulary… and you’ve saved teaching time!!
I’m a big fan of integrating curriculum by using content-based riddles like these!
This set of eight riddle cards and illustrated answer cards can be used in lots of ways…
- Use one riddle a day at your calendar time or to start a social studies lesson. Try putting the riddle card up on your interactive screen. While you teach Thanksgiving vocabulary, you’ll also find great opportunities to model identifying key details, making inferences, and drawing conclusions.
- Teach the same skills in a small group literacy lesson. This time the literacy skills are the main objective, but you’ll be layering social studies vocabulary.
- Put them in a literacy center for students to solve and match. Just for fun, have your students match the cards on a desktop pocket chart.
Need an accountability piece? This download also includes a cut-and-glue matching activity!
CLICK HERE to see your Thanksgiving Riddle set!
Linda @ Primary Inspiration
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