Generating Excitement For Thanksgiving

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Nov 22, 2014 11:51:48 PM

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to create art, crafts, and handmade books. Kids and teens can create lifelong memories and artifacts for families during the Thanksgiving holiday. Educators can inspire students to become eager readers by sharing stories with them. Youngsters can

Thanksgiving Books

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational, narrative and humorous texts. Sharing these informational books is an excellent way to get students excited about Thanksgiving. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at


by Lynn Peppas (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789123 AR: Book Level 4.5 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 130236
Its time to carve the turkey and give thanks! Thanksgiving explores in colorful detail this national holiday, from mashed potatoes and gravy to the religious observances. Learn the history of Thanksgiving, from its first pilgrim celebration in 1621, to its celebration in modern day.

by Dona Herweck Rice
A great way for your kids to learn about the variety and manner in which many holidays are celebrated around the world. This book has a reading level of 1.7 and a word count of 195.

thumb-7Diary of a Pet Turkey
by Joanne Ingis (author), Binny (illustrator) © 2011
ISBN: 9781609050917
Based on a true story, this is a delightful tale of a suburban family and their pet turkey. Joanna Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family’s daily life. Young readers will love the story of a turkey being cared for, rather than eaten at a holiday dinner. A perfect Thanksgiving gift that is sure to appeal throughout the year

by Wendy Strobel Dieker (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781624960079 AR: Book Level 0.8
A turkey narrates this photo-illustrated book describing the body parts and behavior of turkeys on a farm. Includes photo glossary and labeled diagram.

Connecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at

Phonics and Word Recognition:
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.




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