These fun, high interest Literacy Thanksgiving and Holiday based activities focus on reading and writing. Each lesson also contains the correlating Common Core Standard(s).
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Common Core Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Holiday Writing Activities
This set focuses on the following skills:
Skill - Using Quotation Marks
Literature Elements (genre, plot, setting, character, connections, writing a recommendation, writing a summary)
Using text boxes to give information
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The activities include:
#1 - Learning to Use Quotation Marks
In this fun activity, students practice using the rules through writing a conversation between two Thanksgiving-themed or Holiday-themed characters. They can be as creative as they wish. (Characters include: live turkey, cooked turkey, football player, guy watching football, pilgrims, Native American, fall animals, stuck Santa, girl with cookies, cat in a holiday sweater, mouse stuck in a gift, etc.)
Quotation Mark Rules are included for the students
#2 - Holiday Book Parade
Part 1- Students use the Internet to research the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which kick's off the holiday season on Thanksgiving Day. They gather prior knowledge that they will use when designing their book-based floats.
Part 2 -"These Books Should 'Float' to the Top of Your Reading List" - Students design a float for a parade based upon one of their favorite books. Students include character, setting, and plot in their float designs. Students add text boxes to their drawings to further explain plot points, text connections, and genre. The float drawing page and text boxes can be used as is or as a starting point for a larger poster project as seen in student example. Cute Hallway Display sign included too!
#3 - Persuasive Writing
This activity allows students to practice their persuasive writing skills through writing a four paragraph essay about their favorite aspect of the holiday season. Students are encouraged to use "convincing" transition words in their writing.
#4 - Gratitude Journal
Being grateful is an important attitude to foster in our children.
This is a 10 page journal where students can reflect on what they are most thankful for just in time for Thanksgiving!
#5 Expository Writing
Holiday Keepsake Booklet
This booklet can be used a few different ways. Students will write informational text about the holiday they celebrate and create a keepsake booklet. If your class celebrates a variety of holidays, consider having students use these books to teach each other about the various celebrations prevalent this time of year. Another option is to use this booklet as a research tool and assign the children holidays with which they may be unfamiliar. (Examples of holidays celebrated this time of year: Diwali, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year.)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Tips, Common Core Standards, Examples Pages 3-8
A Conversation: Using Quotation Marks
How to Use Quotation Marks Page 9
A Conversation Between ____ & ____ Pages 10-12
Thanksgiving Day Parade / Book Parade
Internet Research: Student Questions
(Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade) Pages 13-14
Answer Key Pages 15-16
(Class Book Cover / Hallway Display Title) Page 17
Book Float Sketch Page 18
Book Float Story Elements Page 19
Student Book Float Self-Check Rubric Page 20
Book Float Teacher Rubric Page 21
Persuasive Writing: Favorite Part of The Holiday Season
Instructions Page 22
Writing Plan with Transition Words Page 23
Writing Paper Page 24
Student Self-Check Rubric Page 25
Teacher Rubric Page 26
Gratitude Journal Pages 27-32
Holiday Booklet Pages 33-41
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