Thanksgiving Activities for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. Crafts, centers, and fun ideas for your classroom. A Turkey for Thanksgiving reading response too!
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: Read Aloud
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!
- Bear Says Thanks
- Hide and Seek Turkeys
- Thanksgiving is Here
- Thanksgiving for Emily Ann
- Turkey Trouble
- A Turkey for Thanksgiving
- A Plump and Perky Turkey
For this blog post, I will focus on A Turkey for Thanksgiving!
This is such a precious book! I love Mr. Turkey’s expressions!
At the beginning of the week, we focus on responding to the book.
and doing a retelling activity for A Turkey for Thanksgiving.
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.
We work on our schema.
And then we organize what we know in a functional way.
Now that the information is organized, we get started writing our own books.
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: Crafts!
We included a little craft activity in our Engaging Readers as well! I love how cute these came out!
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: Reading Comprehension: Engaging Readers
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!
You can read more about this shared reading activity by clicking: 5 Day Fluency Made Easy ~ Free Sample
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.
We also have a few related books that go with this center.
You can find this activity by clicking: Predictable Sentences for Thanksgiving.
The stamping center is also a year-long favorite!
Thanksgiving Themed Math Centers
These math centers are all included in one unit.
Students use these cards in a variety of ways!
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.
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.
This game asks students to roll the dice and add. Their goal is to connect 3 numbers.
Another simple addition activity. Students will just add 1.
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]
You can find this math fluency game by clicking: Math Fluency for Thanksgiving.
Video… just because!
And if you need to get the wiggles out… this will do the trick!
Have a GREAT THANKSGIVING AND TURKEY WEEK!
You can find other November related blog post by clicking HERE.