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6 Thanksgiving Books & Activities for Little Readers

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Thanksgiving is a great to time teach your little ones about gratitude, family traditions and history. Of course, you have to throw in a little turkey silliness!  If you know me, I love finding new books.  Of course, you have to have some fun activities to tie in with your new books.  Here are a few ideas to engage your learners with books this holiday.
If you have preschool, pre-k or kindergarten kiddos, these books will be perfect for you!  I also included an idea for each book that you can complete together to enhance your learners’ reading experience (be sure to read all the way to the end to get the freebie included).  So, buckle up…here we go!

The Great Turkey Race by Steve Metzger

Get moving with this cute turkey book.  After reading this book, work together to create an obstacle course for learners to go through…throw in a little planning and engineering as you construct the course and get those little bodies moving!  In no time, you’ll have a little engineer on your hands!

My First Thanksgiving by Tomie dePaola

This book is a simple story that explains how the first Thanksgiving relates to the holiday we celebrate today.  After you read it, enhance the story by having your learner draw and label their Thanksgiving meal just like Tomie did in the story.

Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode

Thanksgiving traditions…this book definitely has them!  This is a silly and descriptive story about Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house.  This story is perfect to read for learners to describe Thanksgiving with the five senses charts in my Thanksgiving Pack or by doing an adjective hunt for primary grades.

Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

There are tons of adorable “I am thankful…” activities you can find online today, and this book is great to get little ones to think about all the things they have to be thankful for.  Enhance this book with a shared writing activity that can be turned into a class book for kiddos to read or this adorable I am Thankful Pumpkin for the Moffatt Girls.

The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J. Skarmeas

This is the perfect book to use when teaching children the story of Thanksgiving.  It provides a simple storyline for readers to follow.  This story is perfect for little learners to retell to a partner using puppets provided in my Thanksgiving Packet.

 I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

If you have heard of these books before, then you probably already know how great these books are for sequencing activities.  Sequence picture cards with your kiddos to retell the story using this freebie that you can download at the bottom of this post!

I hope that you were able to get some ideas for your classroom or kiddos at home with these great Thanksgiving books.  Feel free to share any activities you do with your favorite Thanksgiving book in the comments below!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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