Thanksgiving Learning Centers - Reading Passages (Paper and Digital)

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
58 pages
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If you’re like most teachers, and you're always on the lookout for fun and creative ways to teach students critical reading comprehension skills.... then, you’re in luck! These Thanksgiving-themed reading comprehension centers or stations are not only designed to give students meaningful opportunities to practice reading, they’re also incredibly fun and engaging!

Find a version for grades 4-5 HERE. (Add this version to your collection for easy differentiation!)

This Thanksgiving Centers resource contains activities and lessons for 5 learning centers. Each center is designed to give students engaging and exciting learning experiences to practice, enrich, reteach, and enhance their learning. Working independently and with their small groups, student will have the opportunity to develop multiple reading comprehension skills.

Great News! The reading centers are also available as a Google Slides resource for students. In addition to the PDF version, students can complete the station activities via a file sharing service such as Google Drive, Google Classroom, or in the internet “cloud.” The digital version of the directions, materials, and grade tracking guide are accessible from any computer and allows students to complete their work online.

In this set of Reading Comprehension Skills Centers students will practice:

  • Distinguishing between facts and opinions
  • Identifying the main idea
  • Making inferences
  • Finding the sequence of events
  • Comparing and Contrasting nonfiction passages

These centers are extremely versatile. They can be taught during a single class period, spread out over consecutive days, or taught at different times throughout the autumn. They’re perfect right before Thanksgiving break, too!

The centers are completely turn-key and include everything:

  • Center Implementation Guide (3 pages)
  • Center Table Labels (5)
  • Teacher Resources - Detailed Center Overview and Set-Up Guides (5)
  • Student Packets (where students record their work from each center)
  • Center Materials (includes student directions - with extension activities and any resource students will need to complete the activity)
  • Grade Sheet (to track and grade student work)
  • Keys (for all center activities)

Thanksgiving Centers Overview:

Center 1: Facts and Opinions

Students read a Thanksgiving passage and identify facts and opinions.

Center 2: Sequencing

Students work to put a set of Thanksgiving how-to directions into the correct order.

Center 3: Main Idea

Students read two passages, find the main idea, and respond on a main idea turkey.

Center 4: Inferences

Students make inferences based on Thanksgiving-themed clue cards.

Center 5: Compare and Contrast

Students read two Thanksgiving passages and write to show comparisons and contrasts.

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Total Pages
58 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.


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