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Here are a series of lessons which introduce 3rd graders to classic and modern poetry. They are exposed to many different poems and discuss their meanings. Then, they are coached on how to construct a poem of their own. This incredible, 37-page packet of activities should leave your kids with a greater understanding of poety and hopefully, a strong desire to create more.
Fourth graders examine the process of visualization while reading as a tool for increasing their comprehension. They practice visualizing while the teacher leads they through the process of making pictures in their heads. They listen to a reading of Jack Prelustsky's poem, "Thanksgiving Day Parade," while visualizing what is happening in the poem. In small groups, they read a segment of a book and illustrate it to share with the class. As an assessment, each student makes a poem book.
Learners explore the holiday of Thanksgiving by researching turkeys. In this animal characteristic lesson, students create a t-chart listing reasons why people should and should not eat turkeys. Learners analyze paragraph formats while writing about reasons they oppose turkey eating.
Students identify story elements in a book about Thanksgiving. In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students read the book A Turkey for Thanksgiving and identify the plot, setting and characters in the story. Students create a tally chart to show their favorite holidays as well.
Students create a Thanksgiving cornucopia basket. In this symbols instructional activity, students discover that the cornucopia is a symbol to Americans of Thanksgiving. Students cut pictures from magazines of items that belong in a cornucopia and paste them into their own cornucopia.
Finally! Here are some new and fresh ideas, across the curicullum, that can be used around the Thanksgiving holiday. The lesson is divided up into two sections: Beyond Turkey - Activities for Younger Students and, Beyond Turkey - Activities for Older Students. These are all terrific ideas, and could lead to an entire week where the theme is nothing but Thanksgiving! Highly recommended!
In these birthday activity worksheets, students study the calendar for days in November. Students use the calendar to answer the three questions. Students also cut out the month for their birthday and paste it onto the cake. Students write their birth date and color the cake. Students add candles to show how old they will be on their next birthday.