Thanksgiving “I Am Thankful” Reading, Writing and FREE printables: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

November 12, 2013

Thanksgiving

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

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

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

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

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

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

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.

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

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

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE 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 _______________.

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

Print these FREE sentences: I am Thankful

Print these FREE sentences: I am Thankful (traceable words)

Cut-Apart Sentence Puzzles and Book Making

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

Sentence Writing

  • 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.

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

Cut-Apart Sentences

  • Miss Enigma reads each word as I cut apart the sentence.
  • The words land mixed-up on her paper.

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

Sentence Puzzles

  • 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.

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printablesIllustrate Book

  • 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.

Poetry Writing

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

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

Thanksgiving: I Am Thankful Activities and FREE printables

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Roxanna Alcantra November 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

We are extremely grateful to my 4 year old son’s organ donor. My son received a kidney transplant and a second chance at life. We are blessed to have him with us.

Robin November 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I am Thankful for the children who come to me to learn and play. They give me a new out look on life everyday. They remind to look at the little things in life and be grateful for them. I’am Thankful for the opportunity to be grateful.

Julie (thegirlwhopaintedtrees) November 13, 2013 at 6:15 am

I am thankful for my husband and children.

Jeannine November 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Thank you for sharing Roxanna! Yes, what a blessing.

Dianne November 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm

We have been blessed with 7 healthy & wonderful children. (My 3, His 3 & Our 1). I am so thankful for all the love, laughter, tears and lessons we have all experienced together.

Anna@The Measured Mom November 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Love this post – what a great variety of ways to teach kids to be thankful for their blessings. Thanks for linking up!

tammy cordery November 14, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I am thankful for God that I get up in the morning with a loving husband and two wonderful kids that love their mother and I them.

Jamie November 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I am so grateful for the most important people in my life — my family.

Gidget November 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

I am thankful for so many things, but the most is that God is in control and that I have a Savior that was willing to die for me.

Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It November 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

You’ve been featured on our After School Thanksgiving Roundup of Activities for School Aged Kids this week. This post has so many fun ideas for the kids to create and share with the family. Just want to tell you that we are so thankful for you and your blog! Happy Thanksgiving! http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-activities-for-school-aged.html

Jeannine November 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Thank you to all for sharing your blessings! It’s nice to reflect upon all of the things for which we have to be thankful.

Leslie Moore November 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I was told that my son may never read and I am thankful that he can read today!

Jeannine November 27, 2013 at 8:16 am

Leslie, What a wonderful blessings! Happy, Happy, Happy for your son!

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