This Thanksgiving Literacy Set is a 46 page set filled with Common Core reading and writing activities that are perfect for 4th and 5th graders.
There are 4 double sided worksheets that target inferences using informational text, cause and effect, reasons and evidence, and compare and contrast. There is a context clues (double sided) worksheet using vocabulary words that the Pilgrims actually used, and a Thanksgiving Idiom worksheet that you’ll “gobble up.”
A persuasive writing activity is here for you which asks the kids to decide whether the wild turkey or the bald eagle would make a better national symbol. There’s also 2 different poetry types with directions, examples, and writing pages.
Lastly, I know you’ll enjoy the set of 32 task cards with interesting fact and opinion topics for the Thanksgiving holiday. This complete packet gives your kids lots of opportunities for fun and learning for the month of November!
Specifically it includes:
Inferences Using Informational Text: The Wampanoag (double sided worksheet and key)
Cause and Effect: The Mayflower Voyage (double sided worksheet and key)
Reasons and Evidence: The History of Mashed Potatoes (double sided worksheet and key)
Compare and Contrast: Pilgrim Children (double sided worksheet and key)
Set of 32 Fact and Opinion for Thanksgiving Task Cards
Task Card Record Sheet and Key
Persuasive Essay Information Page on Turkeys and Eagles (double sided worksheet)
Persuasive Essay T-Chart Outline
Persuasive Essay Checklist
Persuasive Essay Writing Pages
Figurative Language Worksheet: Thanksgiving Idioms (double sided worksheet and key)
Context Clues: Talk Like a Pilgrim (double sided worksheet and key)
Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem Directions and Examples Page
Turkey Acrostic Poem
Thanksgiving Number Poem Directions and Example Page
Thanksgiving Number Poem Writing Page
I love this unit because it is full of easy to use, motivating Thanksgiving activities…but underneath it all, it is a set of rigorous Common Core resources.
I really like the passages, which are the heart of this set. I enjoyed researching them and learned some really interesting things that were new to me. I truly think that these unique topics will be ones that will keep your students engaged.
The Wild Turkeys vs. Bald Eagles persuasive writing activity is one that will ask your kids to use higher level thinking skills. Not an easy task, but one that will hopefully generate some really good opinion pieces, whether it is one paragraph or five paragraphs long.
Poetry is always a great way to incorporate writing throughout the year. The two acrostic poems are lots of fun. The number poem is an open-ended poem and can be either a countdown or a count up from 1 – 10 or 10 – 1. Kids brainstorm phrases to go with each number. Easy and everyone can be successful with this!
This is a wonderful but busy season for all of us. I hope that these materials are helpful in your classroom and help your November go a little bit more smoothly!
If you're looking for more Common Core materials for November and December, please check these out:
Cause and Effect Task Cards for Fall
Figurative Language Task Cards for Fall
Grammar by the Month: November for 4th Grade
Grammar by the Month: November for 5th Grade
Christmas Literacy Set
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Have a happy Thanksgiving!
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