Free Thanksgiving Activity: Listening Comprehension and Art Integration

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Brain Waves Instruction
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
Resource Type
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10 pages
Brain Waves Instruction


In this lesson, students will practice the critical skill of listening comprehension while learning about the origin of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. After a mini-lesson on what to listen for and how to take notes, students will listen to a passage about Sarah Josepha Hale two times. They’ll take notes during both readings. Then, they’ll answer questions based on their passage. Finally, they’ll create a festive piece of turkey pop art with designs and shapes based on the answers to the comprehension questions. This activity is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday, keep students learning, and integrate art into your instruction.

In this free Thanksgiving lesson, you’ll find:

• Detailed Lesson Plan (2 pages)

• Listening Passage – Sarah Josepha Hale – Grades 4-5

• Listening Passage – Sarah Josepha Hale – Grades 6-8

• Listening Comprehension Guided Notes and Note Taking Sheet

• Pop Art Turkey

• Detailed Steps for Creating the Pop Art Turkey

This resource is a collaboration between Brain Waves Instruction and Art with Jenny K. It’s the perfect combination of content and creativity…and a fantastic celebration of Thanksgiving!

Great news! I’ve teamed up with Art with Jenny K to create even more art-infused listening comprehension activities! You’ll find animal-themed nonfiction listening passages combined with art activities HERE and plant-themed nonfiction listening passages combined with art activities HERE!

Click here to check out the FREE NOVEMBER virtual plan book!

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Brain Waves Instruction

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.


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