Round-Up of Exciting November & Thanksgiving Activities

Since we’re halfway through November and getting ever closer to Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share a compilation of my November and Thanksgiving resources. Kids enjoy being engaged in a themed activity and some of these could be life savers for you this fall. I have a collection of anchor charts, math and literacy materials, read alouds and more to share below!

November Fun Pack

First up is the November Fun Pack! This bundle has three individual resources put together. There’s the Oh So Thankful Activities which have students practicing literacy and reading skills. They use Thanksgiving mini readers, CAN HAVE and ARE organizers, and tons of other activities that help them study fall and all things gratitude. Also included in this pack are Turkey Thematic Unit Supplements. These activities are great for diving into your literacy lessons. Students can use the cut and paste turkeys to write main idea and details of a story read as a class. Finally, students can study all sorts of fall topics such as bats, the Wompanoag, Thanksgiving and more with the November Fact Files. Then, they write their facts in their fact files as they go!


Turkey Measurement

Looking for some fun ways to teach measurement as the holidays approach? These Turkey Measurement Activities are a fun way to reel the kids back in as they become increasingly excited for the fun of the season. Students use the pre-cut turkey feathers to measure objects around the room. Before measuring, we decorate our feathers. Each student gets their own feather. The feathers are about a foot long, making them great for introducing meausurement. Students can compare and record their findings. Then, when the measuring is complete, the turkey feathers get placed on a large turkey body to create one giant Thanksgiving display! The kids love it!

Are you planning to teach about wild turkeys this Thanksgiving season? This post will provide you a few resources to start your unit off strong, along with book recommendations. Included are a free printable wild turkey poster, turkey vocabulary cards, and a vocabulary worksheet. There are also several turkey fiction picture books you can use, too, and a non-standard unit of measurement activity that uses a turkey feather! #kindergarten #firstgrade #secondgrade #thanksgiving #preschool #labelingactivity #free #printable #worksheet #thanksgiving #fall #holiday #wildturkeys #teaching #education #freebie

Thanksgiving Parade & Balloons Over Broadway

In November, we like to read Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet! This story is full of impressive illustrations, a wonderful story and great vocabulary for young readers. These Read Aloud Activity Sets are the perfect pairing for this story. They invite students to dive further into the story read, answer comprehension questions that get their brains thinking and write journal responses to practice critical thinking. The kids really enjoy this story AND these fun activities for small groups and literacy centers.

This post shares several standards-based ELA activities you can use with the Thanksgiving read-aloud, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. Students in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and even third grade will benefit from this collection of activities that cover vocabulary, comprehension, text-based questions matched to Bloom's Taxonomy, and differentiated assessments! It's the perfect Thanksgiving picture book with colorful illustrations and a great story to match! #ELA #babblingabby #tpt #inspiredapple #teacher #teach #thematicunit #Thanksgiving #holiday #kidlit #readaloud #picturebook #parade #elementary #kindergarten #firstgrade #secondgrade #thirdgrade #homeschool

Thanksgiving Books & Activities

Some other books we love to read as Thanksgiving approaches touch on being thankful, the Thanksgiving tradition and silly ways to disguise a turkey. The kids love a variety in our text and the fun activities that can be paired with each read aloud. You can take a peek at my list of favorites HERE, as well as the activities that can be done to enhance your students’ learning.

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.

Turkey Freebie

Every year, we read some of our favorite turkey stories! One of our favorites is 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston. This fun story is a hilarious way to discuss counting and the Thanksgiving holiday. We do charades, number searches, number ordering and more. This freebie comes with some great activities to keep your little ones busy as they get excited for the short Thanksgiving break. They’ll love collaborating with peers to hunt for numbers and put them in order and who doesn’t love a fun game of charades! Be sure to grab this freebie HERE.

Check out this amazing post just full of turkey-themed activities that would work great in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms. They're the perfect way to incorporate science, math, and literacy into your Thanksgiving curriculum, while keeping your students engaged.

More Turkey Activities

The list doesn’t stop there! You can grab five more FREE turkey activities to use this November! Students can answer questions about turkeys, solve some turkey math, write about turkeys, draw a turkey, learn turkey facts and even do some turkey science! Take a look at the Free Turkey Activities and use them in your classroom in the upcoming weeks!

Are you planning to teach about wild turkeys this Thanksgiving season? This post will provide you a few resources to start your unit off strong, along with book recommendations. Included are a free printable wild turkey poster, turkey vocabulary cards, and a vocabulary worksheet. There are also several turkey fiction picture books you can use, too. #kindergarten #firstgrade #secondgrade #thanksgiving #preschool #labelingactivity #free #printable #worksheet #thanksgiving #fall #holiday #wildturkeys #teaching #education #freebie

I hope you enjoy using these fun Thanksgiving activities this November. The kids enjoy anything with a theme during the holidays!


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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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