This resource has a variety of ELA activities to use in the weeks prior to Thanksgiving. They require no prep, just printing and would work great for use during reading/writing class or for early finishers, literacy centers, homework, or just when you have a few minutes here or there to have a little Thanksgiving fun!
All pages have been designed to give you printing flexibility (color or ink-saving black & white). There are editable rubrics and pages with both cursive and manuscript headings.
All of the writing pieces are aligned to the common core writing standards.
This resources includes the following activities:
- - Students imagine what they would have looked like if they lived during the time of the first Thanksgiving. They design a cellphone cover and picture of themselves.
- - Students are given a scenario where they and their cousin are talking about what they plan to eat and do on Thanksgiving. They write and draw illustrations.
- - Students are given many scenarios of Pilgrims, Native Americans, and modern-day kids who compare and contrast various aspects of their lives. They write texts back and forth to compare what their lives are like.
- - Students are given a scenario about Tom Turkey and how he is ready to protest why people shouldn't eat turkey for Thanksgiving. They write a speech for Tom.
- -Students are given 3 different # poems to write poetry for (Thanksgiving, Thankful, and November).
- -Students reflect on the things and/or people they have to be thankful for and write a response.
- - Students write an opinion piece on whether they think Black Friday is too commercial and should be dropped or if we should continue to include Black Friday in our holiday plans.
- -Students are asked to write a descriptive piece on their favorite Thanksgiving Day dessert, but they must describe it without naming it. Partners attempt to draw that student's favorite dessert after reading their description.
- - Students write a persuasive letter to try to convince their favorite celebrity to attend their Thanksgiving celebration.
- -Students are given a scenario where one holiday must be eliminated. They consider the advantages and disadvantages of both holidays and then write a letter to the president trying to convince him/her to keep their favorite holiday.
- -I have designed and included four Thanksgiving/fall season bookmarks, just because I love reading and want students to enjoy it also.
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