This Thanksgiving Literacy Set is a 51 page set filled with reading and writing activities that are perfect for 4th and 5th graders. It includes Thanksgiving themed passages, 32 Fact and Opinion task cards, poetry activities, and a persuasive writing activity too!
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)
Text 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
Detailed Teacher Notes
I love this unit because it is full of easy to use, motivating Thanksgiving activities…but underneath it all, it is a set of academic resources which cover many standards!
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 materials for November and December, please check these out:
Paired Texts for Fall
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
Christmas Around the World for Older Kids
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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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