Thankful Thanksgiving Activities and Crafts for the Elementary Classroom

I love using picture books to teach a social emotional learning topic.  I Am Thankful by Sheri Wall is the perfect text for teaching students about thankfulness and gratitude.  The rhyming story gives lots of examples of things to be thankful for in students' real lives.  When creating a book companion, it's important for me to make every activity standards-based.  In this resource, students will practice identifying rhyming word pairs, making text-to-self connections, and describing the characters, setting, and major events of a story.  You know I had to also throw in some cute crafts that are perfect for decorating your classroom during the month of November! 

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

The activities in this resource are designed to cover five days of your read aloud time.  I would read the whole text on day one and then choose certain parts of the text to read on days 2-4.  On the last day, I would read the whole text again.

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

I included comprehension posters for each skill and anchor charts for making text-to-self connections and story mapping.

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

Students need to be able to describe how words supply meaning to a story, so this rhyming activity is perfect for that standard.  They will record at least six rhyming pairs from the text and then do a cut and paste of pictures that rhyme.

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!


Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

On day two, students will make text-to-self connections while reading the story.  They will make these Thanksgiving lunch mats in which they will describe how they celebrate Thanksgiving and their three favorite foods from Thanksgiving.  You can then laminate them for use during their Thanksgiving lunch at school.

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

On day three, students will describe the characters, setting, and major events from the text.  Story mapping is one of the more complex comprehension skills, so students may need extra support for this response to reading, especially due to the nature of this text.

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

On day four, after reading the text, students will draw an illustration and describe their favorite Thanksgiving tradition.  I always love hearing about how the different families in my classroom celebrate this holiday.

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

Finally, on day five, students will get to explain what they are thankful for.  I would get them to orally explain how what they wrote was different or similar to the text.  This pumpkin craft will make a great Thanksgiving keepsake for parents.

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!

I hope you love this book as much as I do!  It's a really sweet story filled with so many things that we can can be thankful for, too.  You can find a link to this resource by clicking on any of the photos in this post or by clicking HERE.  

What are you thankful for?  I am definitely thankful for you!  Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog and for supporting my TPT store.  I appreciate you all so much!

Looking for easy prep November Thanksgiving crafts and activities?!  This resource contains anchor charts, comprehension posters, worksheets, and crafts.  These fun activities are perfect for the story I Am Thankful!


Looking for easy prep November read aloud lesson plans?!  This November Read Aloud Bundle is super fun and includes scripted lesson plans, Google Slides TM, vocabulary, comprehension posters, anchor charts, independent tasks, crafts, and more! Click here to read more about it!






















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