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20 Thanksgiving Books and Activities

Today, I’m sharing TWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or…

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Today, I’m sharing TWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE.

Today, I’m sharing TWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE.

Click the links above each graphic to learn more about each of the Thanksgiving books and its paired activities. 


Realistic Fiction + Nonfiction Titles Included:

BUY Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Balloons Over Broadway

BUY Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Thank You, Sarah

BUY In November by Cynthia Rylant | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. In November

BUY The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving

BUY The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. The Very First Thanksgiving Day

BUY How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. How Many Days to America

BUY Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Sarah Morton's Day

BUY Samuel Eaton’s Day by Kate Waters | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Samuel Eaton's Day

BUY Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Duck for Turkey Day

BUY Sarah Gives Thanks by Mike Allegra | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Sarah Gives Thanks

BUY Thanksgiving Is… by Gail Gibbons | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Thanksgiving Is...

BUY The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. The Littlest Pilgrim

Turkey-Themed + Fantasy Titles Included:

BUY Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Turk and Runt

BUY A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. A Turkey for Thanksgiving

BUY Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Turkey Trouble

BUY Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIES

TWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey

BUY A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. A Plump and Perky Turkey

BUY The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. The Very Stuffed Turkey

BUY One is a Feast for a Mouse by Judy Cox | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. One is a Feast for a Mouse

BUY Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson | CHECK OUT THE PAIRED ACTIVITIESTWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed picture books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core standards-aligned, focused on comprehension, vocabulary and a variety of ELA skills, and include three differentiated assessments. BOOM DONE. Bear Says Thanks

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Here are the types of activities and resources found within each set of paired activities in the Focused Read-Aloud Series:

to learn more about the focused read aloud series, read this.

you can view all your favorite books currently included in there series here.

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5 comments

  1. Thank you so much this! I’ve been reading one of these books a day, until Thanksgiving and my students are loving them! I hope you do one for Winter 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for the feedback! Themes for December will (hopefully) include: gingerbread, Santa, Holidays Around the World, and a Miscellaneous set 🙂 It will hopefully be complete before Thanksgiving!

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