Thanksgiving Letter Writing Project and Turkey Card Craft

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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42 pages
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Whether you're looking for a unique Thanksgiving writing activity that focuses on gratitude in a different way or you just need a super low-prep project to get through that week before Thanksgiving, Letters of Thanks will be your new go-to!

During this gratitude activity, your students will write a letter to their parents, caregivers, or family thanking them for intangible items, and everything they do to make life special.

This resource also includes detailed craft instructions and easy-to-print templates that help guide your students as they create an adorable turkey “jacket” for their letter, making it the perfect Thanksgiving gift for parents or families.



Lesson Slides: These detailed slides give a narrative overview of each step for this gratitude writing project & turkey craft. Each step is introduced in an entertaining way that engages students and emphasizes the meaning behind this heartfelt Thanksgiving project.

Brainstorm Posters: Your students will participate in a gratitude brainstorm session to set the stage for their Thanksgiving letter writing. These posters are the perfect way for your students to share their thinking and take a peek at the ideas of their peers. A poster for each of the following topics is included:

★ Something my family gives me that doesn’t cost money.

★ Something my family does to help me achieve my goals.

★ Something my family and I do to spend quality time together.

★ Something my family does to help me prepare for the future.

★ Something my family does to help me stay strong and healthy.

Stationery and Turkey Card Printables: After your class gratitude brainstorm session, students will be well prepared to write a sincere letter of thanks to their family. The variety of stationery options each include a side panel checklist to remind students of all their important parts of a letter. After those letters are signed, it’s time for a festive turkey craft! Printable turkey feathers and heads make prepping this project a breeze.

Turkey Card Craft Visual Tutorial Slides: These slides lay out every detail for creating an adorable turkey card (which can also be used as a Thanksgiving decoration). Photos and step-by-step instructions will make you a turkey card crafting sensation!



Giving students time to reflect on the intangible gifts in their life helps to build mindfulness and a gratitude mindset.


The included brainstorm activity helps students gather ideas prior to writing their letter of thanks. The format of the stationery pages gives students a clean, concise checklist with each part of a letter (date, greeting, body, closing, signature) to support them as they write.


This resource is ready-to print, and includes both full-color, and backline masters of each page to meet your unique printing needs. The detailed teacher guide makes this resource ready to use in your classroom tomorrow.



♥ "We write letters every Friday telling about our week, but these were TOTALLY different. The kids were very serious and wrote heartfelt notes of gratitude to their parents or other family members. The turkey "jacket" was icing on the cake. Thanks for a great parent gift and for making my kids think about giving thanks in more than simply, 'I am Thankful for...'" - Maegan D.

♥ "I love that kids are asked about intangibles. They wrote some lovely and heartfelt letters to their grownups." - Shayla S.

♥ "This was such a great way to get through the week before thanksgiving in a fun and meaningful way!" - Tracy M.


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