Week at a Glance
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
- Brainstorming: Compare and Contrast the Pilgrims Lives to Ours
- Brainstorming: I am thankful for ____________
- FREE printable book: I Am Thankful
- FREE printable sentence puzzles: I Am Thankful
- Poetry Writing: I Am Thankful
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
Why we love this book:
Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect upon the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving; likewise, it is also a time for each of us to reflect upon our own blessings. This simple book encourages children to consider the things for which they are thankful. The book highlights every day gifts of gratitude: family, friends, teachers, pets, sweet treats, sunny days . . . . Each Thanksgiving the kiddos and I revisit the lives (and sacrifices) of the Pilgrims. Additionally, I look for books that help us look at our own lives and count our many blessings. This easy little reader tied in perfectly to our annual Gratitude activity.
I Am Thankful Project
Each year leading up to Thanksgiving, the kiddos and I do a gratitude activity. This year, I created a number of FREE printables that you can adapt to your own classroom or homeschool setting. MacGyver and Miss Enigma began the lesson together but created two very different writing projects.
Step 1: Read Aloud and Research
- Each year, we read a variety of books about the Pilgrims and the early settlers of America.
- Read Aloud: Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
Step 2: Brainstorming – Compare and Contrast the Pilgrims Lives to Ours
- The children recognize how we share the same basic needs with the Pilgrims. They also recognize how much easier our live are today.
Step 3: Writing Project
This is where I adapted the writing activity for MacGyver, age 10, and Miss Enigma, age 6, making it developmentally appropriate for each.
- MacGyver wrote a poem similar to his Bio Poem, directly into Publisher.
- Miss Enigma traced cut-apart sentences, glued the sentences into a book and illustrated the pages.
- I’ll walk through that process below.
- First, I’ll let you take a look at the FREE printables.
FREE “I Am Thankful” printables
Print this FREE book: I Am Thankful
Print this FREE book: I Am Thankful (traceable words)
- On each page, these books feature the sentence:
I am thankful for _______________.
Print these FREE sentences: I am Thankful
Print these FREE sentences: I am Thankful (traceable words)
Cut-Apart Sentence Puzzles and Book Making
- For Miss Enigma, I selected the traceable print sentences to allow for letter formation practice.
- “Autumn” is the name of Miss Enigma’s dog.
- Since “Autumn” is a difficult word, I wrote it for Miss Enigma and she copied the name onto her paper.
- Miss Enigma reads each word as I cut apart the sentence.
- The words land mixed-up on her paper.
- In her blank book, Miss Enigma puts the words into the correct order and glues them into place.
- These little familiar “sentence puzzles” are great for helping children look at the letters in each word.
- Miss Enigma always leaves a “finger space” between each word and adds the appropriate punctuation.
- Sweet illustration of Miss Enigma with her dog Autumn.
- Look close, Autumn has a turkey in her doggie bowl.
- Miss Enigma is working a little on the book each day. Much too long to complete in one day.
Write a Rough Draft
- Children can use the template above to write a “I Am Thankful” poem outline.
Publish and Illustrate Poem
- MacGyver skipped the “rough” draft step and typed his poem directly into Publisher.
- He had the idea to use his Bio Poem format and adapt it into a “I Am Thankful” Poem.
- MacGyver used Publisher to “illustrate” his poem with a personal photo saved to our computer.
I have so very much for which to be thankful!
Beginning with my two lively kiddos.
Life with Jeannine
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
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