I love infusing holiday-themed lessons into ELA instruction. Since students are naturally excited about holidays like Thanksgiving, it's easy to capitalize on their enthusiasm while still teaching critical skills. That's the key part, right? I love lessons that keep students learning while adding a Thanksgiving-twist to the lessons.
Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving lessons that are not only fun, but super educational, too!
This FREE lesson combines listening comprehension and art! It's a collaboration between Art with Jenny K. and I. During the Thanksgiving lesson, students will practice the critical skill of listening comprehension while they learn about the origin of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. After a mini-lesson on listening and note-taking, students will listen to a passage about Sarah Josepha Hale two times. They'll take notes during both readings. Then, they'll answer comprehension questions based on the passage. Finally, students will create a festive piece of turkey pop art with designs and shapes based on their answers. This activity is the perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving in the classroom while helping students develop critical ELA skills! Check it out here. (Oh, and there's two versions included. One for grades 4-5 and one for grades 6-8.) These Thanksgiving-themed reading comprehension centers are not only designed to give students meaningful opportunities to practice reading, they're also incredibly fun and engaging! The resource includes EVERYTHING you'll need to easily bring the Thanksgiving reading comprehension centers into your classroom.
There are five different centers. Students will practice distinguishing between fact and opinion, identifying the main idea, making inferences, finding the sequence, and comparing and contrasting nonfiction passages.
The stations are super versatile. They can be taught during a single class period or spread out over consecutive days. You'll find table labels, teacher resources, student pages, all the center materials, a grade tracking sheet, and answer keys in the resource! The learning stations are super hands-on, too!
It includes a stack-able poster. The poster contains a quote about gratitude (one of my favorites). After a discussion about the quote, students will participate in a gratitude activity.
During the activity they'll reflect on a person that they are grateful for. Then, they'll turn their reflection into a personalized note to that person. The note is on a postcard that students can cut out, design, and mail/give to their own "charming gardener."
I hope you've found a few fun and educational ways to teach Thanksgiving in your classroom! Here are some of the links from this post:
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