Thanksgiving Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

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 ThanksgivingPete the Cat: The First ThanksgivingTurkey TroubleTurkey TroubleRun, Turkey, Run!Run, Turkey, Run!Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad)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)I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)10 Fat Turkeys10 Fat TurkeysOne Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (Picture Puffin Books)One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (Picture Puffin Books)

After reading these books, I would do the following things…

Thanksgiving Lesson Plans for Kindergarten

You will love these Thanksgiving Lesson Plans for Kindergarten, complete with book recommendations, activities, and free worksheet pack.

For Pete the Cat and the first Thanksgiving, I would do the following Pete the Cat Thanksgiving Craft and the Pete the Cat Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Activities.

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.

I would also compare/contrast the There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie and There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Turkey book.

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.

And…of course, we would have to make a turkey craft!  If you are looking for some fun and easy turkey crafts for preschoolers, kindergartners and beyond -check out these cute turkey ideas here!

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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
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  1. Caroline Indelicato says:

    Always great ideas!

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