This fun and engaging Thanksgiving-themed activity gives students practice combining their schema with visual information from pictures & text describing characters & their settings in order to draw conclusions about who those characters may be.
Grandma has gone to Florida for the winter, leaving the Jenkins family to come up with their own Thanksgiving plans. Mrs. Jenkins decides to look through Grandma’s scrapbook in the hopes of reconnecting with old relatives for the holiday, but spills the contents when she opens the book. Now all kinds of photographs and mixed up captions are all over the floor and she needs the help of her children (& your students!)
This product includes:
- A page long story explaining the Thanksgiving dilemma to be read aloud by the teacher or read in small groups
- 2 sizes of 6 unique "photographs" of relatives spending the previous Thanksgiving in some non-traditional ways (please check examples in the preview) One set of 8” X 11” photographs & one set of 2 photographs per 8” X 11” page are included.
- A brainstorming page on which students respond to questions about the illustrations in order to sharpen their observation skills
- 18-24 sentence strips (with an option for stated main ideas included as differentiation), each with a “clue” about the relatives character traits to help identify which photograph portrays which relative
- A graphic organizer to glue the sentences under each of 6 relatives
- A template for an optional additional writing activity in which the students illustrate & write about their own “non-traditional” Thanksgiving
- Instructions/Directions for using the pages-although feel free to use them in any way that best fits the needs of your students!!
These materials can be used during direct/guided instruction or be used in a literacy center depending on the grade level and reading level of your students.
Please take a look at my store where you’ll find lots of k-5th grade ideas for a variety of subject areas:
Thank you for your interest in this product. I had a lot of fun writing the story and designing all the illustrations, and I hope you and your class enjoy the story and learn a little about making inferences and drawing conclusions as well.
Thanksgiving Dinner Dilemma- CCSS Reading Comprehension Strategies
by Amy Bratsos
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