Do you want Thanksgiving literacy ideas that would be great for centers in the upper elementary classroom? Several of these centers also go beyond the regular curriculum and delve into deeper thinking strategies and there is a free critical thinking activity included for you to use today! Although the examples are used from a resource in my store, you can duplicate the following activities and ideas to create your own in your classroom!
Use words like:
Mayflower, Squanot, Plymouth, Samoset, Cape Cod, England, feast, turkey, alliance, November, crops, prayer, biscuits, democracy, religion, fertilize, deer, celebration, squash.
The childrens games * Ninety Wampanoags gifts * Several animals meat * A settlements feast * Samosets friend * Many of the Maple trees sap * All of the crops fertilizer * Ten pilgrims pies * One pilgrims pies * Squantos crops
Use the 5 W’s- Who, What, When, Where, Why.
Open ended questions:
Why did the Pilgrims want to get away from England?
Why was the Mayflower Compact needed for the new colony?
After the harsh winter, how did the Pilgrim’s luck turn around?
Create a text-to-self connection:
Think of Oceanus’s experiences. What connections can you make to them?
Cause and Effect:
Pilgrims left for the New World. What was the cause?
The first winter had harsh weather, starvation and disease. What was the effect?
The Pilgrim’s luck turned around. What was the cause?
They had an abundance of food. What was the effect?
Vocabulary/Synonyms/Antonyms in the text.
7. Thanksgiving Bio Poem– Choose an important person from the story.
Notice: What do you notice in the picture?
Think: What are you thinking about from your observations?
Wonder: What is happening? What triggers your curiosity?
If you would like all of these activities and ideas for Thanksgiving centers, they are found in one bundled resource. They are prepped and ready to be used in your centers. Print and go! Click HERE for more information.
If you need pocket charts for your centers, I have two that I would recommend. I like both of these because they can be hung on a door to save space AND they fold up so you can take them home with you! See my reviews below: