Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plan
Students perform stories, plays, and poems from the book by Dav Pilkey.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
Students enjoy performing humorous stories, plays, and poems in Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, using eye contact, volume, and clear enunciation.
Students will: Rehearse and perform stories, plays, and poems for an audience using eye contact, volume, and clear enunciation appropriate to the selection. -Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
Set Up and Prepare
According to the number of students in your class, be thinking about the roles they will play. Some possible roles are: Child #1, Child #2, Child #3, Child #4, Child #5, Child #6, Child #7, Child #8, Bus Driver, Farmer Mack Nuggett, Ollie, Stanley, Larry, Moe, Wally, Beaver, Shemp, Groucho, the teacher, and families eating dinner. You could even have some students play the part of the bus; for example, the headlights. You should also decide if you want to do the narration, or have students memorize parts of the book.
Read through the book as a class to find some favorite poems and plays. Working as a whole class, assign parts to each student. Spend at least twenty minutes each class period preparing and rehearsing.
Supporting All Learners
Be aware that some students may find the idea of performing in front of peers scary and daunting. Try to be sensitive to that fact.
Explain that the class will be taking on roles from the story, to perform as a retelling. Practice acting out the different parts of the story before assigning roles.