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Thanksgiving ELA Activities | Thanksgiving Activities for Elementary School

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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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These fun Thanksgiving ELA activities will keep them thinking - it's fun, NO PREP and is self-grading. Grab it as a last-minute Thanksgiving ELA activity and be a super-hero to your elementary students who love puzzles!

It's more than just a turkey craftivity, turkey in disguise, or color by number activity -- it's a team-building Thanksgiving escape room for your elementary students that requires almost no prep from you! Plus, it is self-grading. It's a set of Thanksgiving fun activities for elementary -- perfect for 4th, 5th and 6th grade!

This Thanksgiving escape room works like this:

  1. Puzzle #1: At Thanksgiving, four friends each made a different side dish while wearing a different color apron. But one of the four friends is secretly a turkey in disguise! Can your elementary students fill in the logic grid and find the turkey?
  2. Puzzle #2: In Puzzle #1, your students found the turkey - but before they can solve this puzzle, they will need to take the name of that turkey and use it to fill in the blank spaces in the grid provided. Then, they find and circle the words that fit the clues. The remaining letters will spell out the answer to the punny riddle that will make even the most sophisticated student laugh.
  3. Puzzle #3: Grandma's house for Thanksgiving dinner. She's very particular about what she likes and doesn't like, but everything she likes has something in common. Can your students figure out the rule, so everybody can have a happy Thanksgiving?
  4. And finally, there's the prize -- the lovely, lovely prize. Based on their answers to the other puzzles, students use the key provided to color in the turkey-themed Coloring Page. Cut it out, fold it up cootie catcher-style (instructions with diagrams provided), and there's a cool origami turkey as a prize. It's self-grading! If the students did not solve the other puzzles correctly, the coloring of the turkey will be clearly incorrect. And it's not obvious beforehand how to color the turkey - it may LOOK obvious, but it is not! It's a disguised turkey!

All of the answers are included, even a properly colored-in turkey. All you have to provide is markers or colored pencils and scissors. No physical locks or Google forms required!

There is also an optional reflective writing exercise (with a rubric included) so you can use this for CCSS Writing 4.3, 5.3, 6.3.

Use in small groups for team-building.

Kids can even do the puzzles independently.

Every worksheet page is black and white so it's easy on your printer (there are a couple of color answer key pages if you want to project them and discuss as a class afterward).

Your students will get a prize they can take home with them.

Teaches logic, vocabulary, ELA, social studies, and perseverance.

Note: these are Thanksgiving activities for elementary. If you want the same resource, but for middle school students, you can find it here. Same concept, more advanced puzzles!

P.S. --- A teacher asked a question in our Q & A about shortening the time required. Here's what you can do if you don’t have a full 60 – 90 minutes for this activity:

Making your own turkey (Puzzle #4) depends on the answers to the previous three puzzles, but it is easy to skip one or more of these puzzles due to time constraints.

1. You can skip Puzzle #1 (the logic puzzle) and, in the blank spaces for Puzzle #2, write the letters “SAMANTHA.”

2. You can also skip Puzzle #3 (the lateral thinking puzzle) and, on the sheet for Puzzle #4, circle these numbers on the top row: 1, 3, 6, 8 and 10.

This leaves two puzzles in the activity (#2 and #4), which should be solvable in 30-40 minutes.


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Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
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