Teachable Moment: Thanksgiving Resources

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I am sure many of you are busily prepping your holiday Turkeys and readying your cranberry sauce. We too are busy organizing our long weekend adventures. Being a CanaCapturedian living in NYC, I have already celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving.  That, however, doesn’t dampen my excitement for American Thanksgiving which is coming up this month.  I have been busily creating some fun holiday activities for both home and school.

The first is a free Thanksgiving word search which can be downloaded at my teacher’s pay teachers store.It is a pretty straight forward activity that I usually have on hand for an early finisher resources.

The second activity is one of my favourites for helping kids hone in on the sCapture2entiment of the season.  Head over to my store to download my What I am Thankful For handout. The aim of the activity is to have a child brainstorm something they are thankful for that aligns with each letter of the alphabet.  If I am doing this activity in the classroom I will often turn it into a math lesson by gathering all the responses for certain letters then graphing the results as a class.  This helps students master some of the graphing and data analysis learning outcomes.  However, it also Capture3highlights what the class is thankful for and always leads to a great classroom discussion.

The last resource is a fun, at home Thanksgiving activity.  It is a great way to keep little minds busy as you are prepping your Thanksgiving feasts.  You can download my Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt on my TpT store also.  Doll out a copy of the scavenger hunt to each child and send them on their way to hunt for all the Thanksgiving and fall items.  I usually have prizes on hand for those who complete the whole chart.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Home Reading Program and Log

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Another resource is up on The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers Store this week.  Today’s resource are the series of handouts I used to organize my home reading program.  At the start of our home reading program I would send home the Reading Log Handout, which outlines the expectations of our reading program as well as tips for reading with a child in the home.  The log would be packaged with an appropriate reading level book in a large zip lock freezer bag.  When the time came, for my extra avid readers I would simply print off and add extra reading log pages to their home reading package.  Below you can read the handout I sent home to parents which outlines the simple but effective structure of my home reading program.  From there, head over to the store to download the entire Home Reading Package.   Continue reading “Home Reading Program and Log”

Emily Cuthbert Designs has LAUNCHED


From time to time we detail some of our favourite products and friends.  So when I awoke this morning to an e-mail from Emily (yeah, I am like totally in the know. No big deal) informing me that today was THE day, I knew I had to bring all of you the good news.  The amazing, talented mama behind Emily Cuthbert Designs has officially launched her store. Head over to check out some of the incredible prints, design services and stationary she has thoughtfully created.


Now be aware, that this is shameless promotion of a girl we Jordan’s have done life with for a very, very long time.  Jameson has known Em since she was in diapers (ask him for an embarrassing story or two he LOVES to share them), and I have been privileged to call her friend since my first day of high school.  We have watched her grow in the face of joy and struggle into the creative, seriously gifted woman she is today. However, don’t think these praises come simply because I have known her since she had braces. Regardless of my personal feelings about this amazing woman, her talent speaks for itself.  Seriously, just go peruse her Instagram and you can see for yourself that creating an elegant, curated life is her daily practice -whether it is her baby girl’s on point outfit, her own aesthetic or the design of her home. So when she announced to the world that (on top of being a wife and mother) she was going to launch her own stationary and design store, Jay and I had no doubt the end result was going to be stunning.

To exemplify her natural prowess I will share a story.  In freshman year I served beside Em at our Victoria church where we  undertook a redesign of the youth room (in the pre-pinterest era I might add).  Truth be told, Em tackled a large majority of the work, and thankfully she did.  I mean, we wound up with a youth room candy bar before candy bars were even a thing (#trendsetter). So if this alone doesn’t exemplify that creating and curating has been in this girl’s blood since infancy I don’t know what else could. So seriously don’t hesitate to check out her fall collection, you are bound to be inspired.  As for me, I am angling to pick up this notebook to make my Manhattan office space a little more whimsical (but I may hold out for her Christmas line to be launched. I hear it is going to be amazing).