Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Let's talk turkey and I've been featured!!

About a month ago, I heard from the wonderful Dana at Fun in 1st Grade asking if I would like to be featured on her blog, and of course I said yes! What a great opportunity to get my name out, and I was so flattered! Please go check it out, and if you're not already following her, please do!

And now, on to another linky I know...another one? But it's the last full week before Thanksgiving break, and I'm fried. Plus I have a really cute book  that I want to share! This linky is hosted by Gina at Beach Sand and Lesson Plans (I love that name!).

My favorite Thanksgiving book to use with the kids is one I just discovered this year: Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson.

If you're not already familiar with this book, it's about Sarah Hale, the woman responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday. She wrote letters to politicians and 5 consecutive presidents asking them to make it a holiday - waiting over 30 years - before becoming successful finally with Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The book is very funny and engaging for students of many ages.

I loved this book so much that I created a letter-writing unit to go along with it. I've been using that this week with grades 3-5. So far, the kids love it! You can click on the link below to get the unit for yourself!


  1. That is a fantastic book! I forgot all about that one. I'm off on maternity leave, so I'm not reading my Thanksgiving books this year. Your letter writing unit looks fantastic!

  2. I will for sure have to check out this book. It looks like a great one for this time of year!
    The Hive

  3. Cute title to your blog! This would be a great name for me. . . It seems that I can't get to bed before 11:30 on too many nights. . . getting up at 6:00 makes it a short night.
    I'm your newest follower and look forward to seeing what else you have to share!
    Second In Line

  4. Saw you at the linky part, Melissa. I've heard about "Thank You, Sarah!", but haven't read it yet. Thanks for the good lead!


  5. Umm... comment above: party, not part. Ooops!

  6. Thanks so much for linking up! I have to get Thank you Sarah! I've always heard great things about it. I'm also checking out your writing lessons. THANKS so much for sharing!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  7. I had to come by your blog because I was reading the New Teacher Blog Tuesday, and you put one of my favorite songs that I didn't think anyone else had even heard of...For the Moments I Feel Faint by Relient K. Nice to "meet" you!

    Using My Teacher Voice

  8. I can't wait to read the book! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog--and for becoming a follower. I am your newest follower!

  9. Laurie is one of my favorite authors! I love her historical fiction and books that deal with deep emotional issues. This is a new one to me and I can't wait to explore it. I'm your newest follower!
    Owl Things First!

  10. Congratulations on being featured on Fun in 1st Grade!! I've never heard of that book before, but will have to check it out!

    So glad I found you through the turkey linky! I'm your newest follower!
    First Grade in Foxwell Forest