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A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving Read Aloud Lesson Plans for Kindergarten & First Grade

November 25 Deedee 3 min read

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

This is such a precious book!  I love Mr. Turkey’s expressions!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

At the beginning of the week, we focus on responding to the book.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

We also complete a retelling activity for A Turkey for Thanksgiving.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

We’ve recently added a digital retell for this story as well. 

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

Then we make a shift towards looking at informational texts.  We have written one for the unit, but you could also use another turkey informational text.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

We work on our schema.  

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

And then we organize what we know in a functional way.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

Now that the information is organized, we get started writing our own books.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!
Thank you, Mrs. Morris, for sharing this picture and your class with me!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving Craft

We included a little craft activity in our Engaging Readers as well!  I love how cute these came out!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too! A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too! A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

Mrs. Barton’s class turned these crafts into a Chatterpix video.  The students make the turkey talk to share one of their turkey facts!

 

Chatterpix is one of THE easiest apps (If I can do it… anyone can!)  No… REALLY!

You can find all of the reading response activities and craft I’ve shown above by following this link:

Turkey STEM & More!

The Science, Math, and More companion unit includes directions for this turkey STEM project and a reader’s theater, too!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

This unit can be found by clicking here:

More Thanksgiving Read Alouds

There are so many fun turkey books out there! Here are just a few that I have gathered in my days as a book hoarder!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

 You can read about our Engaging Readers book, Turkey Trouble by clicking this blog post:

Keep reading for more Thanksgiving and turkey ideas for your classroom!

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: Poem

Each week, we have a poem that we practice for 5 days.  We do a variety of activities with this poem and the students love it!  

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

You can read more about this shared reading activity by clicking:

You can find this poem by clicking: 

If you want the video version, you can find it by clicking:

Thanksgiving Themed Literacy Centers

One of the standard activities I have all year is our Predictable Sentences.  We change out the sentence stems and the vocabulary words each month.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

We also have a few related books that go with this center.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!
Ms. Pressler shared these with me and I died! Ha! Can you see the little legs he drew on each of these? The rolls are the BEST!

You can find this activity by clicking here:

The stamping center is also a year-long favorite!  

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too! A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

Stamping Math and Literacy Center for November

Thanksgiving Themed Math Centers

These math centers are all included in one unit.

Students use these cards in a variety of ways!

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!
Comparing
A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!
Memory Game
A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!
Counting and ordering numbers

We love BUMP, so any chance to add it to a center is a WIN! Students roll the dice and add.  Some students need to count all of the dots and some students are ready to step up to counting on.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

This game is a making 10 activity that my class loves.  I teach this activity to the whole group before I place it in a center.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

This game asks students to roll the dice and add.  Their goal is to connect 3 numbers.

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

Another simple addition activity.  Students will just add 1.  

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

You can find all of the math centers listed above in my Math Centers for Kindergarten:  Thanksgiving version.

One last game I wanted to share with you is a math fluency game.  We play this game all year.  We just change the theme to keep it a “brand new game!” [psst… same game]

A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

You can find this math fluency game by clicking here:

Video… just because!

And if you need to get the wiggles out… this will do the trick!

 

Have a GREAT THANKSGIVING AND TURKEY WEEK!

Check out some other blog posts with lesson ideas for November:

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A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading comprehension lesson plans. Students have fun responding to literature and creating crafts that go along with this Thanksgiving story. Check out some center ideas, too!

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