This book study resource was created to accompany the book Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast
, written by Kate Waters. It is filled with engaging reading comprehension activities, compare and contrast activities, and writing prompts. Please note that the book is not included and must be purchased separately.
Here’s what you’ll find inside:
• Vocabulary Printable
- Includes six vocabulary words with definitions and pictures. Great for pre-teaching vocab!
• Character Stick Puppet Printables
- This story is told from two different points of view. Print each narrator, cut, and tape onto tongue depressors, and allow students to hold up the character stick that represents the current narrator as you read the story aloud. This is a fun way to keep students engaged and paying attention as you read! (Color and black and white options are included.)
• Character Crowns
- Are your students able to read this text independently? Pair them up and assign each partner to the role of Resolved or Dancing Moccasins. Print these crowns and attach to a sentence strip to elongate the headband. Staple around your students’ heads for them to wear as they partner read the text. This is a fun way to help your students practice fluency while also assuring that they understand that this story is told in two voices. (Color and black and white options are included.)
• Comprehension Strips
- 12 questions are provided, along with two recording sheet options. Six questions are from each character’s viewpoint. Students will return to the text to find specific information as they answer the questions. These can be done individually or in pairs and work well in literacy centers. Be sure to provide copies of the text for students to reference as they work.
• Which Character? Cut and Paste Printable
- Students will read eight actions from the story, decide if the action was completed by Dancing Moccasins or Resolved White, cut out, and paste them under the appropriate character.
• Descriptive Writing Graphic Organizer and Writing Prompt
– Students record what they might have seen, heard, felt, tasted, and smelled at the 1621 harvest in a graphic organizer, and respond to a writing prompt.
• Venn Diagrams and Compare and Contrast Writing Prompts
– Two unique prompts and matching Venn diagrams are included. In the first, students compare and contrast Resolved’s experience of the 1621 harvest feast with that of Dancing Moccasins. In the second, they compare and contrast the 1621 harvest feast with Thanksgiving as it is celebrated today.
All writing prompt paper is provided with two line options. Choose the option that best fits the needs of your students.
This pack addresses the following first, second and third grade Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3: Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.7: Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9: Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9: Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
You may also find that these activities tie in nicely with your state Social Studies standards focusing on past and present, long ago and today, or United States History.
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