Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is fun to teach children about the history of thanksgiving, and it is also fun to make turkeys (and maybe even disguise them!). Lastly, it is fun to hear what children are thankful for. Today I have some Thanksgiving Lesson Plans for Kindergarten for you. First, I want to start out with book recommendations. After, I will outline activities I would do for the different books that I recommend, and lastly I will give you a free activity packet to go along with everything. Are you ready for your Thanksgiving Lesson Plans for Kindergarten?
Kindergarten Book Recommendations for Thanksgiving
I recommend the following books for the Thanksgiving Lesson Plans for Kindergarten.
Pete the Cat: The First ThanksgivingTurkey TroubleRun, Turkey, Run!Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad)I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)10 Fat TurkeysOne Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (Picture Puffin Books)
After reading these books, I would do the following things…
Thanksgiving Lesson Plans for Kindergarten
Next, I would read the book Turkey Trouble, and the book Run, Turkey, Run, and I would compare and contrast them. In both of these books the turkey discovers that is going to be Thanksgiving Dinner. What is a turkey to do? In each book he tries to disguise himself and run away. I would then do the Disguise a Turkey activity found in our Thanksgiving Lesson Plan pack. For the Run, Turkey, Run book, I would also do some “un” word family activities including making an un word family book and doing some un word family worksheet (both are included in the Thanksgiving Lesson Plan pack.
Next, for the Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks book, I would make an I am Thankful book. I have one included in our Thanksgiving Lesson Plan pack, but you can also just have the students make a book in which they say what they are thankful for. On each page of the book they say…I am thankful for… (my parents), I am thankful for..(my dog). etc.
For the 10 Fat Turkeys and the One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrim books, I would use that for math – counting objects from 1-10.
I would also do some Thanksgiving writing prompts, or some writing prompts that go along with some of the books. These may include “I am thankful for” or, “If I were a Turkey on Thanksgiving I would..” We have a Thanksgiving writing prompt packet and also we have included some writing prompts in our Thanksgiving Activity pack.
Free Sample Thanksgiving Lesson Plans for Kindergarten
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