"Thanksgiving Is Here"
- Written and illustrated by Diane Goode
- Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
- ISBN 9780439701860
- 32 pages
- Genre: Fiction
"Thanksgiving is Here is about a young girl Named Maggie and the crazy huge family that meets them at Grandma's House for Thanksgiving. Maggie tells about all of the different family members that come to Thanksgiving, the traditions they have at Grandma's house, and fun activities they do throughout the day! After dessert, it's time for everyone to go home, but they will all be back soon.
- For the lesson over "Thanksgiving is Here," I would first address phonics instruction as the 5 Reading first components of this story. In order to do this, I would use a standard which is within the reading standards, RL.1.3 – Describe character, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
- Objective: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to describe who the main characters, the setting, and the major event in our story "Thanksgiving is Here."
- "Thanksgiving is Here," would be an excellent book to start introducing Thanksgiving to your first graders. With details of family members who students may usually visit, along with the traditional Thanksgiving foods students will typically eat, reading this book to students will be a great way to familiarize themselves with a topic they probably know a little bit about, before introducing more difficult aspects of Thanksgiving that they may not know yet!
"I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie"
- Written by Alison Jackson
- Illustrated by Judy Schachner
- Published by Penguin Young Readers Group
- ISBN-13: 9780140565959
- 32 Pages
- Genre: Fiction
This is a fun and creative text students will love! The book discusses the many different foods that are traditionally eaten at Thanksgiving dinner, however, all of these foods were eaten by one old lady, and after a full day of eating the Old Lady ends up being one of the balloons in the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- After reading "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie" students will work on phonics with a reading standard RL.1.3 – Describe character, settings, and major events in a story, using key details, and will then connect the story to the 5 W's, who, what, when, where, and why.
- Objective: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify and list characters, setting, and major events in a story by using the reading strategy of connecting the story with who, what, when, where, why, and how.
- This is an incredibly fun, and whimsical story, and students always enjoy the fact that the story keeps adding onto itself. This story is a fun way to talk about foods that are traditionally eaten at Thanksgiving, as well as the tradition of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is a very fun story to use with the 5 W's lesson, because after you have finished discussing the 5 w's you can have students fill out a hand graphic organizer of the 5 w's, and then once they have finished filling it out, they can decorate the hand like a turkey! Perfect to help get them in the holiday spirit.
- Written by Wende Devlin
- Illustrated by Harry Devlin
- Published by Purple House Press
- ISBN-13: 9781930900639
- 32 Pages
- Genre: Holiday Fiction
Every year, Grandmother tells Maggie to bring someone less fortunate to Thanksgiving Dinner. However, when Grandmother discovers that Maggie's guest this year is Mr. Whiskers, Grandmother is less than pleased, and worried that her coveted cranberry bread recipe is going to be stolen!
- "Cranberry Thanksgiving" is a classic story, that shows us that it's not what's on the outside that counts, but what's on the inside. When Grandmother judges Mr. Whiskers for his appearance, she learns that she shouldn't have been too quick to judge him. I would use this story to focus on comprehension again, as well as the reading standard RL.1.2 – Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
- Objective: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify the central message of "Cranberry Thanksgiving."
- After reading "Cranberry Thanksgiving" students will be able to better understand the meaning of Thanksgiving, and how important it is that we are kind to others, especially around the holidays. This book will help students learn some philanthropic behaviors, as well as realize we should not judge someone based off of their appearance, no matter how badly we think we should.