There’s a lot to love about November! It always flies by quickly, especially in the classroom, because there is so much to do and celebrate! These first grade math and literacy centers are perfect for November. Your students will love the fun themes and engaging activities!
This time of year, there are so many November themes for elementary classrooms to work with, like the season of fall, Election Day, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving.
We read books like this Veteran’s Day emergent reader to teach our students the significance of November 11th, and not long after that, we dive right into our turkey books! I love to read all of the stories on this Thanksgiving book list – they are always a hit! To bring in some literacy we work on these turkey initial sounds and digraph match-ups.
Our November Math and Literacy Centers for First Grade are a great way to incorporate all of the fun November themes into first grade math and literacy lessons. With turkeys, leaves, and everything else in November, your students will love these fall activities for first grade.
November Math and Literacy Centers for First Grade
These centers come with 20 first grade math activities and 20 first grade literacy centers, all fall and Thanksgiving-themed. These activities can be used as centers, as whole group work, as small group review, or even sent home for extra practice.
Your first grade students will love practicing their math and literacy skills with these hands-on, engaging math and literacy centers that are full of themed clipart. Not only do we have these November math activities and no prep literacy centers for first grade that are made specifically to meet the first grade standards, but we also make them for pre-k and kindergarten classrooms as well! Some teachers purchase multiple grade levels of the centers to have lots of differentiation options for their students.
One of the most important things to know about these centers is that each month, the category and style of the centers remain the same, but the theme and skill change. After a few weeks of using these centers, your students will be familiar with the directions and routine and you won’t be hearing the question, “what are we supposed to do again?”
Inside you’ll find:
In LITERACY you will receive 4 weeks of:
- Pocket Chart and Match-up Centers
- Writing Center Activities
- Puzzle and Write & Wipe Centers
- Poetry Centers
- Write the Room Centers
Adding up to 20 total literacy centers for first grade!
In MATH you will receive 4 weeks of:
- Partner Games
- Write & Wipe Centers
- Write the Room Centers
- Dice Centers
- Puzzle and Match-up Centers
Giving you 20 total guided math centers for first grade!
That amounts to 40 first grade math and literacy centers for you to use this November with your students!
Math Skills covered:
- Graphing, Addition, Place Value, Subtraction, Telling Time, Fractions, Numbers 1-20, Tens and Ones, Coins, Doubles, 3D Shapes…and more!
Literacy Skills covered:
- Writing, Poetry, Sequencing, Sight Words, Trigraphs, Adjectives, Digraphs, CVCe Words, Conventions, S Blends, Vowel Teams…and more!
Using the First Grade Math and Literacy Centers for November
These Thanksgiving math and literacy centers for elementary can look like A LOT at first glance. I mean, you get 40 centers, and that is a TON! But here are some suggestions that can make things easier for you:
- After purchasing this resource, prep and plan out the centers the month before. If you own our year-long bundle of monthly math and literacy centers for first grade, you’ll have SO many centers that you won’t know what to do with them all. Take it a month at a time!
- Look through the centers and print what you want to use. Separate into piles of what needs copying, laminating, cutting, etc. Tackle that as you can.
- Depending on how you run your centers, you might want to give your students all of the options for the entire month, or you might want to break it down into 4(ish) weeks. You could have one center for dice games, one for partner games, etc. Or if you do math and literacy centers at the same time, you can pick and choose which ones to use and where and when to use them, rotating as you see fit.
- Introduce the directions ahead of time and model using the centers for your students. Set clear expectations for each type of center.
- Most importantly, enjoy this resource and know that there is no one “right way” to use them! No matter what, with these centers, your students will be learning, laughing, and staying engaged all throughout the month of November.
First Grade Literacy Centers for November
Pocket Chart and Match-Ups
These first grade centers were designed to be used in a pocket chart where students can move around the pieces, but they can also be done on the floor or a table. Students can practice sequencing the steps of cooking a turkey, putting together sentences, identifying trigraphs, and reading high-frequency words.
It can be tricky to find good, age-appropriate poetry to read with our young learners. These November poems for first grade come with 4 poems in total, 3 monthly poems and 1 nursery rhyme, that will help your students fall in love with the patterns and rhymes of poetry. These first grade fall poems are fun for a poetry center but are also perfect for a whole class lesson this November. Use the poetry journal, notebook poems, and pocket chart poem activities to teach each poem and practice other language skills like parts of speech and comprehension.
Write and Wipe and Puzzles
With two write-and-wipe activities and two puzzles, these centers are perfect for pulling out year after year. Write and wipe activities can be laminated to make them reusable, or can be placed into a page protector. Using a dry-erase marker, your first grade students can practice adjectives and conventions. While building the puzzles, they can work on reviewing the digraph “ck” and CVCe words.
Write the Room
Do you use Write the Room activities in your classroom? Students love to be able to get up and move around the classroom independently and I love that it’s an easy way to review skills. These November write-the-room centers cover skills like digraphs, unscrambling sentences, S blends, and vowel teams.
I love the writing center in my classroom! Seeing what my students come up with to write or draw about, I love being able to switch up the materials I provide them to use. With four different November writing card topics and many different writing page options, your first-grade students can have new words and topics to write about every week during November. Or introduce them all at the beginning of the month and see what they create! This month, your students will love writing about Thanksgiving Food words, Family and Friends words, Then and Now words, and Woodland Animal words. I put the cards on rings so that they stay together, but a pocket chart or basket work great too!
First Grade Math Centers for November
These dice games make the easiest, little-to-no prep math center. The centers include a Color by Code activity, a Roll and Cover game, a Roll and Graph game, and a Build a Turkey activity. Some of the games like the roll and graph come with paper die to build and use. Others can be used with just a regular ol’ die! The roll and cover game can be printed and laminated to use over and over, or use the roll and “color” option instead for each child to complete! Students can practice graphing, addition to 12, and numbers to 10 using these first grade math games with dice.
Match-Ups and Puzzles
Make our match-up activities work for you! Use them in a pocket chart, on a table, or on the floor – whatever suits your needs. These match-ups and puzzles can be used again and again if you choose to laminate them. Your students will love practicing place value, subtraction, addition, and telling time to the half-hour with these November math activities.
These partner games are easy to set up and can be played in pairs. I don’t know about you, but my students LOVE when they get to play/work in pairs. Your students can work together to play a “Race to 10” game, a matching card game, a “Spin, Add, and Cover” game, or a “Turkey Spin and Race” board game. They will be having so much fun that they won’t even realize they are practicing several math skills like fractions, place value, tens and ones, addition, and subtraction.
Write and Wipe
Write and wipe games are meant to be laminated or placed in a page protector to be used year after year. My students always love using the dry-erase markers. With these November math write-and-wipe centers, your first grade students can practice addition, money, doubles addition, and mixed addition and subtraction, all with only a marker and eraser!
Write the Room
Get your students up and moving with these interactive write-the-room centers this November! Covering skills like 3D shape attributes, addition, place value, and subtraction, your students will love exploring the room while practicing their math. You can even put the write-the-room cards in a basket or on a ring and use them as task cards in a center instead, if you don’t want to hang the cards around the room. The recording sheets come with multiple options for differentiation and can be used whether the kids are walking around or seated at a table!
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Your students will love using these centers all November!
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These first grade math and literacy centers are perfect for November. With a variety of activities, your students will be engaged and learning all month long!