Saturday, November 19, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, 2011!

This  week we had a wonderful time measuring and mixing up the ingredients 
for our own loaf of pumpkin bread!




Busy Bakers! on PhotoPeach








In addition to creatively wrapping our bread to look like a turkey, we read a clever Thanksgiving fable this week about Thomas T. Turkey. 
He had quite a dilemma to solve! 










In the story, Thomas was invited to not one, not two, but three Thanksgiving dinners. Benjamin Bobcat, Fanny Fox, and Henry Hawk all told him they wanted to have him for Thanksgiving dinner and that it just wouldn't be the same without him!








In the end, Thomas decided he did not want to hurt anyone's feelings, 
so he declined all the invitations! He ended up staying home alone 
for Thanksgiving dinner.


 




We learned that it is better to eat alone than to be eaten!






After listening to the story, we created our own invitations for Thomas T. Turkey. He must have been overwhelmed by his sudden popularity this year!


 




We hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!



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29 comments:

  1. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    First I would like to know how was your Thanksgiving? Second how did your family like your Thomas T. Turkey story? I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving and had great thankful things to say about their family.

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Aviv

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  2. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,


    This weekend I went to my cousin's house to go sleep over. We had lots of fun by playing games on the Wii. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    Your classmate,

    Alex

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  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I'm celebrating Thanksgiving at Las Vegas. I will be there Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, but I will be coming back on Wednesday night. On Thursday my family is baking turkey, cake, & cupcakes, and I will help too. I say that will be yummy.

    Gobble Gobble,
    Vanessa ♥

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  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    This Thursday I am having Thanksgiving in New Jersey. We are making sweet potatoes with marshmallows, apple pie, and a great big turkey!


    Have a great Thanksgiving,

    Dylan

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  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I will be spending Thanksgiving with my family and Adam's family in Las Vegas. I am thankful that my family will be together and that everyone around me is happy and healthy!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

    Debbie- Adam's (Silly "Aunt")

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  6. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great! I had my family over, both on my mom's side, and my dad's side.

    I watched a very funny "Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." We had about 15 people at our home. I want to wish a happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope you all had a very spectacular break!

    Best wishes to you all,
    Carson

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  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    We had a wonderful family Thanksgiving dinner at Grace’s house, right at home in Calabasas. Grace showed off her artistic talent and thoughtfully made place cards for each of us, making Tami’s lovely table setting even more special. We enjoyed a wide selection of our favorite foods, from Dad’s golden turkey, Don-Don’s stuffing, and Auntie Erin’s candied yams to Nana’s Betsy’s delectable Pecan Pie. This was a very memorable Thanksgiving and we were very happy to live close to one another, enabling us to share this important family tradition. Most of our family was in attendance, except for Grandpa and Grandma Shena, who is home in Dana Point recuperating from her recent surgery. We are thankful that she is making good progress in her healing. The evening was made even more memorable when each of us had the opportunity to tell the others why Thanksgiving is meaningful. We agreed that we are very grateful for being very fortunate to have many comforts in our lives. We also gave thanks for the soldiers who are not with their families on this day because they are working to keep us safe. I would enjoy hearing how other members of Mrs. Ranney’s class celebrated their Thanksgiving holiday.

    Sincerely,
    Vicki (Grace’s Grandmother “Nanny”)

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  8. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    As I look up at the tree leaves I can tell that autumn is already here. The beautiful colors of orange, red, and yellow blowing and falling from the trees. The smell of Thanksgiving turkey and the pumpkin pie is my favorite food of this holiday. Every year we are gathering family and friends and having our delicious food. We are thankful for the great food, for our family health and happiness, and enjoying a good time together the adults and the kids too.
    I hope you had a great holiday among your friends
    and family too.

    Happy holidays and best wishes to all!

    Galit (Adar's mom)

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  9. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I really liked your post and you have a great blog. It looked like heaps of fun making the bread and wrapping it to make it look like a turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!

    From Chanel

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  10. Dear Class,

    To celebrate Thanksgiving my family and I had a huge feast at my house. We had: turkey, mashed potatoes, biscuits, sweet potatoes, and for dessert we had pumpkin bread, cheesecake, apple pie, and pumpkin pie.
    I'm thankful for many things, but I'll only tell you a few of them. The things are: my family, food and water, the opportunity to give to others, and many other things.

    I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving because I did.

    Sincerely,
    Josh

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  11. Dear Class,
    I hope you all had a wonderful time with your families during this past Thanksgiving week!

    I have enjoyed reading comments from many of you and your family members here on the blog.

    My family celebration included a delicious meal in my home prepared by everyone who came to enjoy the feast! I made the turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, while my sister and sister-in-law cooked up yams, cranberries, brussels sprouts, and some yummy pumpkin pie!

    I'm looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. We have a busy week ahead of us, including our field trip to "Ocean Soul" at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica!

    Cheers,
    Mrs. Ranney

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  12. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family. I went to my aunt's house, and we ate all of the pumpkin bread. I am thankful for my loving family, and all of the yummy food I ate for Thanksgiving.

    Best regards,

    Oliver

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  13. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,

    My family and I had a great Thanksgiving, but I forgot to ask my cousin,Ali to go on the blog.


    Best regards,Missy P.S My cousin's real name is Alison.

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  14. Dear Room 9,

    I am Michelle, Josh's Mom. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed your week off. Unfortunately, Josh was sick at the beginning of the week, but thankfully, he was better by Thanksgiving and able to enjoy our family's feast. I hope you all had a great one, too!

    Sincerely,

    Michelle
    (Josh's Mom)

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  15. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday, and I hope you enjoyed spending time with your families. I do not know about all of you, but I am sure tired of eating. So many good things to eat, but now it is time to get back to healthy eating and sleeping. I hope you are all having a good first day back at school, and I hope that you are all looking forward to your first 3rd grade field trip this Friday!

    Sincerely,

    Tami (Grace's Mom)

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  16. Dear Mrs. Ranney,
    This Thanksgiving I went to Florida. All of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents were there. I went to the beach and collected all kinds of seashells. I also went swimming with my cousins Davis, Sophia, and Darby. I had a great time in Florida, and can't wait to go back.

    Best Wishes,
    Bella

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  17. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    Your "turkey" pumpkin bread looked quite yummy. Enjoyed watching the slide show. I'll bet the bread was a big hit with your families.

    Mrs. Ranney is a wonderful cook and her turkey and gravy were especially delicious this year. She hid some tasty garlic in the mashed potatoes, too!

    Have a wonderful time at the "Ocean Soul" exhibit. Look forward to hearing all about it! Will you share which sea creature is your favorite, and why?

    Enjoy!
    Janis
    (Mrs. Ranney's sister)

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  18. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I'm Andrew's cousin, I'm 17, and I come from France. So first, excuse-me for my mistakes ! I'm just learning english.

    In France, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving. In fact, french people don't know what is it exactly. But see these comments just impress me ! Thanksgiving sounds like a celebration where family, friends and people share.. Wow !

    I'm very impressed with this blog too ! Congratulations to Mrs. Ranney.
    And this video is so cute ! Congratulations to the class.

    Keep up the good work,
    Margot

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  19. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    We had such a wonderful time last week. Besides enjoying a Thanksgiving feast with our family, we went to Disneyland and had a great time on all the rides. I think my favorite ride is Space Mountain! Have you been to Disneyland? If so, what is your favorite ride?

    Sincerely,

    Paige
    (Andrew's mom)

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  20. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We enjoyed our Thanksgiving in Las Vegas with close friends. It was relaxing and enjoyable to be away! I'm so grateful for so many things in life. I'm especially thankful to have two wonderful, lovable, and healthy kids.


    Have a great day,
    Julie (Adam's Mom)

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  21. G'day Mrs Ranney and students,
    I had never been to a Thanksgiving meal until I visited USA this year.

    I was with a chatroom friend in Salt Lake City and we had a magnificent meal including ham, turkey, candied yams, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

    Then for dessert a choice of pumpkin, apple, cherry and key lime pie, as well as little cakes decorated to look like Pilgrim hats and turkeys.

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  22. Quynh-Anh & JoshNovember 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Dear Margot,


    Thanksgiving is a holiday started by the Pilgrims in the 1600’s. The Pilgrims sailed on the Mayflower to come to America. On Thanksgiving we eat mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and most of all turkey. On Thanksgiving we celebrate the Pilgrims’ harvest feast, which was held in 1621. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This holiday is celebrated for giving thanks and feasting. What holidays do you celebrate in France?

    We really enjoy learning about France, so can you tell us more?

    Au revoir,
    Quynh-Anh & Josh ♥

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    1. Dear Quynh-Anh & Josh, and Class,

      Better late than never ! I didn't see that you asked me questions. It's a pleasure for me to answer, with my poor
      English..but anyway ! :)

      Thank you for your explication, Thanksgiving makes sense to me now.

      In France, we celebrate, as you, Christmas, Easter, New Year's Day, Bastille Day (like Independence Day in the USA), ..and there is also two public holidays, in relation with the World War I & the World War II.

      But, I think there is three special celebrations that you don't celebrate in the USA !

      The first one is Epiphanie (the first Sunday after January 1). During this day, we eat a cake, a kind of king cake, called "Galette des rois". And inside this cake, there is a trinket. The lucky person who gets the piece of cake containing the trinket is crowned King (or Queen) for a day ! And usually, he has to buy the next "Galette des Rois". We can find these cakes only during the month of January.

      The second one is Mardi Gras (on February or March). The kids dress up and generally eat Beignet, a kind of doughnut.

      The third one is Chandeleur (on February 2). During this day, everybody eat crêpes, a kind of pancake, very thin. Every mothers know how to do that ! I love my mom's crêpes ! I eat it each week with Nutella, marmelade, sugar or everything I want !


      Well, you want to learn about France ! You have to know that it's very different from the USA. France it's not only Paris !!!
      I live in a small village, Pierrefitte-Nestalas, on the South of France, at the foot of the mountains called Les Pyrénées. During the winter, I ski and during the summer, I can go hiking.
      The weather is temperate. Not too cold, not too hot.
      School is different. I start my school day at 8am and I finish it at 5pm. On the evening, I can do sport, or cultural activities, but most of the time, I have too much homework !
      You have to know that you are very lucky ! In France, every young people dream about the USA !! We watch movies, series, and we love the american lifestyle.

      What do you think about France ? Do you want to come here and visit ?
      If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me !!


      A bientôt, See you soon,

      Margot
      (Andrew's cousin)

      P.S : Andrew, I miss you !!

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    2. Dear Margot,

      I have always wanted to visit France. My mom and dad went there a long time ago. We have a picture of the Eiffel Tower at night with the lights glowing brightly. I learned a few french words when my aunt, mom, and dad taught me. Your holidays in France sounds great! Thankyou very much or as you say it in french merci beaucoup for visiting our blog.

      Regards,
      Quynh-Anh♥

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  23. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    That was the best pumpkin bread I have ever had!

    From,
    Jake B.

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  24. Dear Julie and Paige,

    Thank you for your great comment.

    Paige, my favorite ride is Space Mountain!

    Julie, in Las Vegas, which restaurant did you go to?

    Which hotel did you go to?


    Great job doing your comment.

    See you soon,

    Dylan

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  25. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    I've been meaning to thank you again for the fun morning in the classroom last November. I had never made pumpkin bread before, so Nate had never had it. We both loved it so much, it was gone in no time, so we decided to make more. We kept two loaves at home and shared two with family and friends, At our second Thanksgiving dinner it was the first dessert to get all gobbled up! Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe and working so nicely together. It was truly a team effort and really fun for me to help.

    Sincerely,
    Mari (aka Nate's mom)

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  26. Dear Dylan,

    During our trip to Las Vegas we stayed at the Mirage. The Mirage has been around for years and is in great location. We were able to walk to other hotels and restaurants. Since we were there for 4 nights, we ate out every meal. One of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas is called "I Love Sushi". It is in a suburb called Henderson, so we had to drive there. It is one of my favorite Sushi restaurants in Nevada. You will have to tell your mom about the restaurant, since I know she loves sushi too.

    Thanks for your questions,

    Julie
    (Adam's mom)

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  27. Dear Quynh-Anh & Josh, and Class,

    Better late than never ! I didn't see that you asked me questions. It's a pleasure for me to answer, with my poor english..but anyway ! :)

    Thank you for your explication, Thanksgiving makes sense to me now.

    In France, we celebrate, as you, Christmas, Easter, New Year's Day, Bastille Day (like Independence Day in the USA), ..and there is also two public holidays, in relation with the World War I & the World War II.

    But, I think there is three special celebrations that you don't celebrate in the USA !

    The first one is Epiphanie (the first Sunday after January 1). During this day, we eat a cake, a kind of king cake, called "Galette des rois". And inside this cake, there is a trinket. The lucky person who gets the piece of cake containing the trinket is crowned King (or Queen) for a day ! And usually, he has to buy the next "Galette des Rois". We can find these cakes only during the month of January.

    The second one is Mardi Gras (on February or March). The kids dress up and generally eat Beignet, a kind of doughnut.

    The third one is Chandeleur (on February 2). During this day, everybody eat crêpes, a kind of pancake, very thin. Every mothers know how to do that ! I love my mom's crêpes ! I eat it each week with Nutella, marmelade, sugar or everything I want !


    Well, you want to learn about France ! You have to know that it's very different from the USA. France it's not only Paris !!!
    I live in a small village, Pierrefitte-Nestalas, on the South of France, at the foot of the mountains called Les Pyrénées. During the winter, I ski and during the summer, I can go hiking.
    The weather is temperate. Not too cold, not too hot.
    School is different. I start my school day at 8am and I finish it at 5pm. On the evening, I can do sport, or cultural activities, but most of the time, I have too much homework !
    You have to know that you are very lucky ! In France, every young people dream about the USA !! We watch movies, series, and we love the american lifestyle.

    What do you think about France ? Do you want to come here and visit ?
    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me !! (by email, if you want to : margot.dessay@gmail.com )


    A bientôt, See you soon,

    Margot
    (Andrew's cousin)

    P.S : Andrew, I miss you !!

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