Introduce the basics of Thanksgiving with a language arts lesson. As pupils practice observation skills, vocabulary, and reading comprehension, they design paper turkeys by outlining their hands and feet and by singing an engaging holiday song.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Fill your classroom with Thanksgiving-themed books
  • Divide the activities into classroom stations and rotate small groups through
Classroom Considerations

  • Some of the readers, songs, and lessons can only be accessed with paid membership
  • Designed for English learners but helpful for mainstream classes as well
  • Focuses on family traditions rather than the origins of American Thanksgiving celebrations
  • Lesson focuses on the nuclear family model of Thanksgiving dinner; include stories and examples from class members with different family models to keep them from feeling excluded

  • Integrates vocabulary with cute and crafty lessons
  • Addresses a variety of language arts skills
  • Provides lyrics and gestures for a fun Thanksgiving song

  • None
Common Core