Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Ten Great Thanksgiving Read Alouds

Hey y'all! I think Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There is so little pressure, it's all about family and food, and I don't have to try to figure out what to buy my picky teenagers! I love the read alouds for this time of year, too. Here are my ten favorites for Thanksgiving:
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One of my go to favorites. Whenever we start our "what we're thankful for" discussion, we start here. 

When the class takes a field trip to the farm the day before Thanksgiving, they find out Farmer's plans for Thanksgiving dinner. Determined to save the turkeys, the class hatches a plan to keep everyone safe this holiday. Your students will LOVE the twist at the end. 

Like the book above, the turkey is in danger of being the main course. But in this story, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Find out how Turkey saves himself from becoming dinner. 

Ever wondered how the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade came about? This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the first parade and how the whole thing got started. My students were awestruck when we read this one. We showed video of previous parades and they were just beside themselves. This is a great way to illustrate how picture books can apply to students' real lives. 

I absolutely adore this simple little board book. It is the perfect example of how we can appreciate all the little things and how those little things really are the big things. This is a great way to get kids thinking about what they are thankful for. 

This book is full of beautiful illustrations and the story line is simple and sweet. It's one of my newest favorites. The family in this story has had Thanksgiving dinner in the woods on their farm for over twenty years, surrounded by family, nature, candles, and food. It's a great discussion starter for family traditions. 

Ready to get silly? Your littles will be rolling with giggles with this fun and funny story about 10 wacky turkeys. 

The townspeople want a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, and they try to lure Peter the Turkey in so they can have their feast. But Peter is too smart for that. Watch as Peter dodges their attempts. This story lends itself to SO MANY writing prompts.

Bear books are favorites of the littlest learners. This book tells the story of Bear and his friends preparing for their fall feast. It takes everyone working together to make it all work out okay. 

Your students learn all about how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag worked together to have a Thanksgiving feast, but they may not know how our tradition almost wasn't. This nonfiction story of how Sarah saved Thanksgiving will get your littles talking about the importance of standing up for things you believe in and the impact that has on others. 

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving books? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found a couple new favorites as well. Have a great week and stay sweet.

Halloween Read Aloud Books for Kids

Ten Great Halloween Read Alouds

Hey y'all! Looking for new read aloud books for your classroom? These are ten of my favorite books for Halloween, both classic tales and newer stories.
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Room on the Broom
In this story, Witch looses her hat but gains a bunch of friends in the process of finding it. Will they all fit together on the broom? Will they be able to save her from the dragon? Your littles will be excited to find out.

Goodnight Goon
Goodnight Moon was one of my own kids' favorite stories. I've read it to them since they were babies. Reading both Goodnight Moon and Goodnight Goon together is a great way to do a comparison of texts. And it's super cute and funny!

Little Blue Truck's Halloween
Little Blue Truck is becoming a fast favorite among little learners and this Halloween edition is no exception. Follow Little Blue Truck as he makes his past trick-or-treaters and tries to figure out who each of them are.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Well, maybe she's a LITTLE bit afraid. But what does she do with that fear? She doesn't sit inside and hide. She conquers it head on, well pumpkin on...

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat
The Old Lady series a favorite in our class and the Halloween one tops the charts. Why is she swallowing a bat and a cat and candy? Read on to find out what this story creates in the end.

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
In this holiday rendition of the classic song, the bus makes its way around town with some spooky characters riding along. This book is perfect for pre-k and kindergarten students.

How to Catch a Monster
If you're familiar with How to Catch an Elf or How to Catch a Leprechaun, then you'll love How to Catch a Monster. This fun story told in rhyme is an excellent story starter for a Halloween how-to writing.

Ten Timid Ghosts
This counting book is just spooky enough to get students excited for Halloween and tame enough to not scare the pants off your little learners. This story is just right for pre-k and kindergarten students learning to count.

Big Pumpkin
Teamwork makes the dream work in this not too scary story about a witch who wants to make a pumpkin pie for Halloween. Her friends come up with a plan to get the big pumpkin in her house so she can get cooking.

Skeletons are NOT Spooky
This charming tale is sure to take some of the spooky out of Halloween. Skeletons just want to have fun like everyone else. And who can be afraid of a skeleton in a tutu?

What are some of your favorite Halloween read alouds? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some new favorites. Have a wonderful week and stay sweet!

Using Notice and Note in the Elementary Classroom

Using Notice and Note in the Elementary Classroom

Hey, y'all. Have you read Notice and Note or Reading Nonfiction? Both books are by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst and are FULL of amazing reading strategies for aiding comprehension in students.

Our district adopted a curriculum that focuses directly on these strategies. But because things MUST be color coordinated in my classroom, I made my own anchor charts for my students.

With these strategies, students need space to talk things through and show their thinking. By now I'm sure you know how much I love using notebooks in my classroom, so you won't be surprised to see that I made a set of tabs to go along with it.

Each signpost has its own tab, mini anchor chart, and reading response prompts. There are actually two sizes of prompts but only the full sized ones are shown here. 

If you're not familiar with the signposts yet, the fiction ones are Contrasts and Contradictions, Aha Moments, Tough Questions, Words of the Wiser, Again and Again, and Memory Moments. Nonfiction signposts are Contrasts and Contradictions, Extreme or Absolute Language, Numbers and Stats, Quoted Words, and Word Gaps. 

I did my best to explain these concepts in primary student language. The question prompts are geared towards second and third graders, but some high firsties could use these as well, and they'd be just right for fourth grade, too.

I also wanted to have a quick reference cheat sheet for my kiddos to use so I made these bookmarks to go with them. They can be copied back to back, used separately, or even taped to students' book boxes, folders, or response notebooks so they don't lose them.

If you'd like to learn more about this unit, you can check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more great resources coming soon.

Have a wonderful week and stay sweet,