mealtime madness monday: a thanksgiving treat (from my second graders)

At school, the students have been working on "retelling" details from books they've read.  To organize their information they are to use the time order words first, next, then, last, or in the beginning, in the middle and at the end....

They are doing the same sequencing practice to organize their writing.

Lucky for me erica you I (christy) had them practice on a traditional American Thanksgiving recipe:  How to Cook a Turkey.  A colleague of mine created this fantastic 3-D paper turkey and stuck it on a wall in our second grade hallway as a "table centerpiece" for all the student recipes.

Kindergarteners, First Graders and Second Graders truly have no idea what goes into a turkey or how it gets cooked.  But they sure had fun trying to figure it out and writing it all down (and, let's be honest, we had some fun listening, watching and reading right along with them!)

(I'm dedicating this post to Sue, the colleague I mentioned, without whom I would be incredibly lonely in our hallway and who also, btw, was one of my very first alpha readers for my first MS, Solstice, and its only editor.  AND, most importantly, the whole turkey thing was her idea!)

Here are a few recipes from the students:

And here's a recipe I love and maybe you'll get a chance to make and love, too!

Creamy Cucumber & Tomato Salad
(got this from my mother-in-law-yummy!)

slice up 4-6 cucumbers
cube up 1- 2 tomatoes

mix into above ingredients:
1 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 cup of sugar (little more if you like it sweeter, )
4 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. of dill weed ( to your taste)
1/2 tsp. of parsley flakes

Simple and easy to make!

Happy Thanksgiving Week to you all (even if you don't celebrate it!).  (And good luck to all our shoppers and Nanoers, too!)


  1. oh they are so darling in their innocence, we should try out their recipes and see if the next gordon ramsay (sans the potty mouth) is in you class.

  2. Kids say the darnedest things.

    I always loved it when my daughter would bring home her idea of recipes. One year they even put them into a book so we got to read all of her classmates ideas too. It's always fun.

  3. When my oldest was in kindergarten, they did this project. It was funny to read how many thought you could cook a turkey in the microwave!!

  4. This is too cute! Thanks for sharing it.

  5. I think your colleague did a pretty fine job creating that turkey from brown paper bags!

    And thank you for the recipe. Cucumber and dill is a wonderful combination but I haven't seen them paired with the others before.

  6. joanna-hehe..i'm not sure the turkey would be fully cooked if we tried any of their recipes! stopped @your blog! glad you got your hero figured out!

    jc-a class book is always a agreat idea! i'll have to remember to do more of them! you have some great book reviews @your blog!

    erica-ha! none of my students mentioned the microwave!

    you're welcome heather! glad you stopped by! great muse this week @your place!

    adina-isn't she amazing! im not that creative or artsy! it is a sweet and yummy salad! i'll stop by your blog once my kids settle down later!!! :0)

  7. OMG, that turkey is awesome! So cool. Maybe I can just do that for thanksgiving...think anyone will notice???

  8. erica and christy, how can we not love you?!! A blog team after our own heart. And teachers to boot. So happy to meet you!
    The Middle Ages

  9. Abby - no, they won't notice. As long as you normally serve cardboard-tasting turkey. If you're a good cook, we can't help you, they'll notice.

    D&B - Gae sent us to your blog. We're just so happy to meet a blogging pair who's willing to post pictures. For now, we remain white and red wine.
    (for the record, christy's really cute.)

  10. Awww...erica. Thanks! You're a cutie, too. (I'm just a little web/blog/internet shy.) Maybe when we meet we can get a pic of us drinking wine together and post that.

    Abby, as long as they just stop to admire and don't take a fork to it you'll be fine!

    D and B--yay! Glad we found you and that you found us! I'll have to stop by the middle ages!


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