Pie Giveaway & Freebie!

What a day!
We started our morning with one of my all-time favorite stories!
We also reviewed a story from our basal series: The Elves and The Shoemaker.
Both stories have great examples of giving!
We did a mini-lesson/review on comparing and contrasting using examples of giving and receiving from both pieces of text.

The topic and discussion of giving led right into Thanksgiving and what we're grateful for..
As a class we made a list of everyone around the school we were thankful for.
I finished the list by telling the kids I was thankful for them
{even though our intern teacher was first on their list- I didn't hold a grudge for too long.}
Now for the part of the lesson that doesn't show up on a data graph...
I presented my class with a pumpkin pie.
You should have heard the squeals.
For a moment I thought One Direction walked in the room.
Not even kidding.
I made a big deal about how yummy it looked and happy it would make me if I was given a piece. Then I slapped a giant question mark on my face and said, "Wow- I wonder what we should do with this yummy, delicious, tasty pie?!?"
The class erupted with debate.
"Add cherries and eat it."
"Add whip cream!"
"Let us stick our faces in it!" 
I heard a small voice through all the shouting say, "We should give it away."
DING! DING! DING! We have a winner!
I jumped at the change to make her thought grow.
We were giving this pie away whether they realized it or not.
That WAS the lesson objective...standard or no standard.
The class was torn so we took it to a vote.
I may or may not have given a thumbs up and a "great choice" to every kiddo that agreed we should give it away.
Is it still called peer pressure when you're the teacher?!?

It came down to 9 votes: "give it" and 7 votes: "eat it".
 Teacher, 1
Students, 0
I cut up the pie while they wrote out notes to give with the sweet treat.
This one went to our PE coach.
Our kiddos don't have scheduled recess so our PE coach was pretty high on their "thankful list".
The kids were so excited to delivery their "gift".
I wish you could see the proud smiles.
 Later in the afternoon, I asked administration to deliver a fresh baked apple pie as a reward to my sweeties for being such wonderful givers.
I let our assistant principal take all the credit {and the hugs} for the surprise.
I was in a giving mood. ;)
A few kiddos asked if the Giving Tree from the story could see them like Santa.
I told them, "You just never know who's watching."
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Graphics: MelonHeadz
Font: KG Strawberry Limeade
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We also wrapped up informational writing about pilgrims.
 These cuties are the brain child of my friend Teri over at A Cupcake For The Teacher. Her craftivities are always precious! I didn't have the energy time to trace out the patterns onto colored paper so my class colored them instead.
No less adorable, I think.


  1. Love the giving pie! I'm sure you really brightened the recipients day! Such a cute idea. :)Lattes and Laughter

  2. What a wonderful idea & lesson!! Thank you for sharing :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  3. Love the character lesson! Giving is such a wonderful trait to work on at the time of the year when kids are thinking about all the things they want:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  4. I LOVE the pie lesson!! I might have to steal it for next week :) I also think the pilgrims look just as fabulous colored in! {if I'm allowed to compliment my own brain child hehehe}.. Thank you for the shout, my love! :)
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  5. This is wonderful. SUCH a good idea! I think I might have to do this next week also. My kiddos always need to be reminded of giving!!

    Stickers and Stamps


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