Three ELA Thanksgiving Activities: Fun and Academic - EB Academics

Three ELA Thanksgiving Activities: Fun and Academic

And then all of a sudden, it was November … We cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by! To think that it’s already our favorite month of the year 🙂 At this point, our students are used to the routines in our classroom and things are starting to run smoothly (well, for the most part). There’s the anticipation of the holidays and all of the utter madness that December brings, and the weather has finally cooled off, making it nice and cozy in our little classroom!

In the spirit of gratitude that Thanksgiving brings, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite English Language Arts activity we do with our own kiddos to promote a grateful attitude and sense of appreciation for all that we have.

1. Thanksgiving “Thank You Notes.” Thanksgiving is all about thanks, so what better writing activity to do than having students write thank you letters to those they love. We don’t know about you, but we think thank you letters are starting to become a thing of the past, so teaching students how to write a thank you note seems like the perfect Thanksgiving ELA activity to us 🙂 We have a great free resource in our Teachers Pay Teachers store that will help you implement this activity in your classroom – CLICK HERE to download.

2. Thanksgiving Acrostic Poems. Why not add that little extra ELA challenge and have your kiddos complete this “I’M THANKFUL” Acrostic Poem using figurative language. If you teach at a religious school, you could gear this more toward your religion curriculum. We had our students choose words that represented what they were thankful for from God. A great way to integrate your religion and ELA curriculum!

3. To up your teaching game a notch right around Thanksgiving, use this Thanksgiving Reading + Writing Resource we created for our students. Students analyze an iconic Thanksgiving painting by Norman Rockwell, do a close read of O. Henry’s “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen,” answer critical thinking questions, and even write their own narrative ending to the story. We love this resource because it’s fun, it’s in keeping with Thanksgiving, but it’s also a super-packed ELA unit perfect to challenge your students. Click here to grab your copy!

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  • The link for the free banner download doesn’t work, and I am unable to find it on Teachers Pay Teachers. Is there another way to get it by any chance? I love this idea!

    • Hey Jenny! Unfortunately this resource is no longer available in our TPT store. Stick around for more awesome tips and tricks though!

  • Thank you for responding, Caitlin! I am a current EB Teacher Club and Writing Club member. Just out of curiosity, is there any way to find it in the membership resources?


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Then, pick the date you’re going to teach it in your classroom, and sit back while you watch as your students show up to your classroom pumped about what the day holds…and gush about your class to their parents on the car ride home!

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