Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving? Is it a huge family feast in your home?
It usually is for us, but this year is going to be so quiet, with family members away. I'm not sure how I feel about it - a little forlorn I guess, but I have to admit too that there is less stress for planning.
Leading up to Thanksgiving in the classroom I always needed a few extra activities to keep the kids engaged, and incorporating the holiday theme always seemed to help, whether in math with shopping costs tasks, or with writing and literacy tasks. (For math, get flyers and have them plan a menu, "shop" the local stores through the ads, tally all costs, and come up with a viable meal with a given budget. Or compare store costs for given items on the busiest shopping day of the year. Plan a budget for gift-giving, make a list, and see how many of those items can be covered, tallying up the costs with shopping the sales, again through the weekly ads. Younger kids can make pie charts to graph the Thanksgiving pie preferences.)
I have compiled a mini-pack of useful writing and literacy worksheets here to help you out, and I've thrown in six printable pages of Thanksgiving stationery as well, useful for final writing projects, being grateful letters, etc.
I hope you find this mini-pack useful right now, and I also hope you get a restful long weekend holiday! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
This little packet is great for last-minute Thanksgiving-themed literacy activities, for grades 4 through 8. Fourteen pages in this mini-pack include:
- Thanksgiving using Hyperbole
- Corny Words - words containing "corn"
- Thanksgiving: Being Grateful Acrostic
- Thanksgiving Tales: A Creative Writing Worksheet
- Thanksgiving Word Play
- Writing Adjectives with a Descriptive Thanksgiving Menu
- Thanksgiving Reading and Spelling Challenge
- Answer Key for teachers
- and 6 printable Thanksgiving Stationery choices