Thanksgiving Day Reading Ideas
by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
Mrs. Madoff's class performs a play to reenact the first Thanksgiving, giving thanks for the things that made that historic celebration possible.
We Are Thankful
After reading the book to the class, chart the characters and list what they were thankful for. Add columns to the chart for props and costumes used in the play to practice reading for detail. Use the letters for the word "Thanks" to create acrostic poems about Thanksgiving Day. For information about acrositc poems, visit www.readwritethink.org. Illustrate the poems and post students' "thanks" as a mural in the school hallway.
Other books about Thanksgiving:
Arthur's Thanksgiving by Marc Brown (Little, Brown, 1983). As director of his school's Thanksgiving play, Arthur has to navigate artistic temperaments and cast an unpopular role, with humorous results.
Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic, 1993). Kids will love this funny story about the very large dog's holiday antics.
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson (Aladdin, 2005). This book tells about Sarah Hale, a magazine editor who persuaded Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a National holiday.
The First Thanksgiving Feast by Joan Anderson (Clarion, 1984). This book includes photographs from Plymouth Plantation.