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! Here are 10 Thanksgiving Literacy Centers:
1. Thanksgiving ABC Order
Provide students with 10-20 words to sort in ABC order. Make some of the words challenging by going to the second and third letter for ordering.
Use words like:
Mayflower, Squanot, Plymouth, Samoset, Cape Cod, England, feast, turkey, alliance, November, crops, prayer, biscuits, democracy, religion, fertilize, deer, celebration, squash.
2. Pumpkin Pie Possessives
Use the following words to have students sort according to ‘s and s’.
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
3. Squanto’s Syllable Sort
4. Thanksgiving Story
Read a Thanksgiving story and provide students with reading comprehension opportunities. Some skills that work well for any Thanksgiving story is: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.
6. Poetry Analysis
7. Thanksgiving Bio Poem
Choose an important person from the story.
8. What Plymouth Rock Saw
9. Turkey Persuasion
10. Notice Think and Wonder
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.
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