Now that the school year is in full swing, I’m feeling pretty confident with keeping up with our homeschool lesson plan. I’ve had enough time to figure out the things that work for us and the things I’d rather do without.
We have had family in town so this post and my outdoor schooling post will be a little delayed, but I hope you are still able to find some inspiration here.
You will notice this post is very similar in structure to my last homeschool lesson plan. I want these posts to be easy for you to follow and I figured the best way to do that is through consistency.
With that being said, let’s dive right into our November homeschool lesson plan!
November Weekly Themes
If you were here last month for our October homeschool lesson plan, you probably remember me being on the fence about continuing with weekly themes. So far, I have really enjoyed the way weekly themes have worked out so I will stick with that for our November lesson plan as well.
Each month I divide our themes equally between science and history/geography. We supplement each theme with mathematics and language arts lessons, STEAM projects and crafts, and books to take our learning to the next level.
Since there are 4 weeks in November, we will be exploring 4 different themes this month. Starting in order from week one, our weekly themes are Weather, Turkeys, American Indians and Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving.
Thematic Weekly Activities
I learned my lesson last month and saved a TOOON of time by finding thematic printables on Pinterest. I was able to find mostly free and/or affordable thematic lessons for the whole month.
I tried my best to find activities on Pinterest that cover every subject. My goal is to cover two subjects per day, four days a week. This method keeps my children equally interested in every subject without having to jam anything down their throat.
I am a big fan of organization so to make it easier for you guys, I have created a whole board on Pinterest where you can find links to the activities that supplement our November homeschool lesson plan. I separated them out by week for extra ease. Click here to visit the board.
In addition to these printables, I will pre-read each book we chose and make my own worksheets that reinforce our knowledge base. I’m still considering making free printables for you guys to follow along with our book lessons. If this is something you are interested in, please let me know in the comments below.
Weekly Crafts And STEAM Activities
Week one of our November homeschool lesson plan is all about weather. Since Autumn in Hawai’i is very rainy, we will be making these raindrop sun catchers and hanging them around the house. Our STEAM project for the week will be “making rain” using shaving cream, water, and food coloring.
Week two is turkey week. We are going to combine our knowledge from week one in our craft by making these turkey windsocks and hanging them outside. Each day we will observe the weather outside using our craft. The second craft will be making these adorable thankful turkeys.
American Indians And Pilgrims is our theme for week three. We will be making these adorable Indian and Pilgrim toilet paper rolls for our craft. Then we’ll turn this craft into a STEAM activity by playing a “Minute To Win It” style game. Well try to bounce pencils into the toilet rolls and whoever gets the most pencils after one minute wins.
Finally, we have Thanksgiving week. Our craft will be making this pumpkin pie garland to hang around the house. Our STEAM activity for the week will be baking a homemade vegan pumpkin pie. We will learn about fractions and how heat effects the ingredients in our pie.
Books To Compliment Our November Lesson Plan
In addition to having thematic activities and projects, I like to include two books per week to read out loud together. We take a family trip to the library and have the kids help select books that are interesting to them.
Since all libraries carry different books, you may not be able to find these exact ones. I’m sure there are tons of books out there relating to this subject matter so I encourage you to get your kids involved in the book selection process.
Our subject for week one is weather. The books we selected for this week are Eyewonder: Weather by DK Publishers and The Magic School Bus Kicks Up A Storm by Scholastic. Both of these are filled with information appropriate for the first grade level.
For turkey week, we found two great books. They are a little beyond first grade, but we will make the best of it. The books we selected are Wild Turkeys by Backyard Wildlife and Turkeys That Fly And Turkeys That Don’t by Allan Fowler.
Week three is all about Pilgrims and Indians. One of the books we found is a very age friendly storybook called Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp. The second book is a little more advanced so we will not be covering the whole thing, but there is a wealth of information. This book is called Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn by Edna Barth.
For the last week, we went a little overboard and picked out four books. Two of them are educational and two are fun stories. The stories we chose are Fangsgiving by Ethan Long and Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano. Our educational books are titled Thanksgiving: A Day of Thanks by Amanda Doering and Thanksgiving by Weekly Reader.
That’s All, Folks!
That wraps up our November homeschool plan. I hope you found this post inspiring and/or helpful for your homeschooling needs. I would love to hear in the comments below if you have any other themes you love to teach during the month of November.
As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read. I hope you have a productive week and I’ll be back soon with more great content. Peace out homies!