Thanksgiving Activities : Thanksgiving Informational Text

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4th - 8th, Homeschool
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Thanksgiving Activities ; Thanksgiving Informational Text and Reading and Activity Packet is here just in time for one of America's favorite holidays! Through the engaging text and fun follow-up activities, students will learn about the history of the holiday and how the original harvest feast differed from that we enjoy today. The text is carefully researched using highly reliable sources, which are cited in the packet.

Said one buyer, "Loved the article and text dependent questions, something my students really need to work on. Great packet for around Thanksgiving!"

In addition this packet includes:

• follow-up comprehension questions

• a compare and contrast activity

• a fun, engaging word search using vocabulary from the text

• answer keys for all

** This text is available read out loud. Simply click on the link provided in the packet. You will be taken to a page where the text will be highlighted as it is read aloud to the listener on a Mac or Windows computer, or on the iPad. **

Said another buyer, "Great reading for my students to learn about Thanksgiving! SO helpful that it has the Read-Aloud option!!"

• BONUS: This packet includes my four page 'Dig Into' close reading lesson and graphic organizer. This user-friendly tool can be used with any informational or non-fiction text on any subject.

'Dig Into' can be completed in one session or done over a period of days. It hits the goals of repeated, close reading, vocabulary building and in-depth comprehension with repeated returns to the text embedded in the activities. Suitable for a wide range of ages from late elementary through middle school and beyond. It is perfect for substitute teachers and homeschooling families or anyone who appreciates carefully scaffolded activities.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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