5 Language Arts Activities for Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving only weeks away, here are five quick and easy activities that will slide nicely into your curriculum plan. For the most part, the lesson ideas listed below are no-prep, which can be extremely helpful during the hectic months leading into the new year.
Get Crafty with a Hint of Writing
Include a small amount of writing practice with your Thanksgiving craft this year! Your students will create an adorable turkey with space to write a sentence about being thankful. This quick and easy Thanksgiving craft is perfect for combining creativity and writing. It also provides students with something meaningful to take home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Click here to download the free turkey craft template today! Looking for a more robust writing activity? Click here to preview a step-by-step “I Am Thankful For…” expository writing lesson.
Practice Summarizing Skills with Picture Books
Utilize Thanksgiving picture books to provide students with a meaningful and relevant source to practice summarizing skills. The books listed below are appropriate for all ages, and each one offers something different for students to enjoy. Graphic organizers can be extremely helpful when teaching students the skills necessary for summarizing text. Click here to grab 10 printable, digital, and editable summary writing graphic organizers to use with all types of text!
Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Stewart
The Scarecrow by Beth Farry
Add Historical Context with Video
Before diving into your Thanksgiving activities, add context with an educational video about the history of Thanksgiving. This cartoon about Thanksgiving will work well for younger students. This one includes more historical facts, and is great for older students. Complete the following prompts in a KWL chart before playing the video to activate background knowledge and create a purpose for learning.
- What do you know about the history of Thanksgiving? (Before Video)
- What do you want to know about the history of Thanksgiving? (Before Video)
- What did you learn about the history of Thanksgiving? (After Video)