Thanksgiving Writing Activities | Fall Book Reviews and November Bulletin Board

Kim Miller
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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17 pages
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There's nothing like GOBBLING UP A GOOD BOOK! This Thanksgiving themed book review is the perfect writing activity for November. It makes a beautiful display on a bulletin board, in the hallway, or on a door.

In this activity, students choose a book they've recently read to write a book review using step-by-step instructions that are given on the personal bookmark for students.

1) Students use a planning sheet which guides them to find:

  • title of book
  • author
  • setting of book
  • main characters
  • type of literature (fiction or nonfiction)
  • genre
  • brief summary (including a beginning, middle and end)
  • five star rating

2) After the planning sheet is complete, students use the "Writing Good Book Reviews" bookmark and the final writing template to carefully develop:

  • a strong summary (being careful not to give away the ending)
  • their opinion of the book (with reasons)
  • evidence from the text to support their reasons
  • their favorite thing about the book and why
  • a personal connection
  • a recommendation
  • a star rating
  • ...and finally a reminder to proofread their writing for correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

3) Last, students color the turkey on their book review, cut it out, and add a topper for display. Toppers are included in both color or black and white. If you would rather save printer ink, students can color the black and white version.

What's included in this product?

Classroom Poster

  • The Best Book Reviews Have…

Student Bookmarks

  • Writing Good Book Reviews
  • Color Version and Black and White Version
  • Students can color the black and white version.

Toppers for Display

  • Staple to the back of each book review.
  • Have students add their name on the right side of the book.
  • Color Version and Black and White Version
  • Students can color the black and white version.

Book Review Planning Sheet

  • Students use this sheet to plan their book review.

Book Review Form (Writing Template)

  • Students will write their final version of their book review on the writing template.
  • (2 per page)

Book Review Rubric

  • Makes grading easy!
  • (2 per page)

Bulletin Board (Display) Letters


These look amazing on a bulletin board for Thanksgiving, and it can be left up during the entire month of November. My students always love reading and being inspired by all the different book reviews on the board!

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Total Pages
17 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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