Subject: Language Arts, Thanksgiving,
Skills: Word Study, Reading Comprehension
Grade Level Equivalent: 2.7
“Twas the night before Thanksgiving” by Dav Pilkey definitely makesthe cut with the other funny and engaging holiday reads, such as,”Twas the Night Before the Night Before Christmas” by Natasha Wing.
“Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving” tells a story of a group of school kids who go on a field trip to a farm where they make friends with turkeys and have a grand time until Farmer Nugget tells them “a grim tale of dread”…
The story turns out for the best and the kids will love the ending.
The illustrations tell as much of the story as the story itself, while the rhymes
are perfect for the word study in grades K-2.
Great story that you’ll read over and over :).
2. “How Many Seeds In a Pumpkin” by Margaret McNamara – another Thanksgiving MUST read! This wonderful story incorporates math, science, and language arts. Perfect for students in grades K-3. Kids practice estimating and skip counting while wondering if all the best guesses are already taken.
3. “A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting Lesson Plan – This is a yearly Thanksgiving read, which teaches inferencing, prediction, the role of humor in the story and most of all kindness and consideration.
This lesson plan includes a “Shape Turkey” activity. Students make their own turkey out of shapes, a much needed daily hands on in primary grades that is a keepsake and a math activity.
Learn about the First Thanksgiving with “Thanksgiving on Thursday” by Mary Pople Osborne and “The First Thanksgiving” by Rhonda Gowler Green.
In “Thanksgiving on Thursday” by Mary Pople Osborne – masterfully immerses the reader into the celebration of the first Thanksgiving with Jack, Annie, Pilgrimgs and Wampanoag Indians in the New Plymouth colony.