7 Thanksgiving Read Alouds
You can use read alouds as a way to build students background knowledge of the history of Thanksgiving and learn about how people celebrate the holiday today. Many of these books can be integrated into language arts lessons on main idea, vocabulary development, story elements, sequencing, compare and contrast, and point of view.
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This is a books I loved reading as a student for the plot and now can see all the great cultural and academic connections. It is a story about a girl that finds similarities between her own immigrant story and that of the pilgrims. (compare and contrast, story elements, character traits)
How Many Days to America
This is an immigrant story about a family fleeing to America. It tells about the difficulty of their journey. They arrive on Thanksgiving day. (story elements, making inferences)
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks!
This story gives simple examples of what a child is thankful for. (main idea)
Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving
This book tells the story of Thanksgiving from Squanto’s point of view. It includes vivid illustrations. (point of view)
The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving
This story uses simple language to describe the experiences of the pilgrims as they travel to the New World and celebrate the first Thanksgiving. (point of view)
Tells the story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer who began designing the oversized balloons for the Macy’s day Parade. This story emphasizes the contributions of immigrants to the parade. (story elements, sequencing)
Pilgrims of Plymouth
This books tells what life was like for Pilgrim children. It uses reenactment photographs to illustrate the information. (point of view, compare and contrast)
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