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November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving Printables and Word Walls to Use Now

By Genia Connell
Grades 1–2, 3–5

    The printables from Scholastic Teachables are one of my favorite go-to resources when I need something quick for a classroom center, sub plans, or holidays and special events. Every month Scholastic offers a pretty wide selection of timely, seasonal Printables for free. November is one of my favorite months to visit the Scholastic Teachables section due to all the available resources for Thanksgiving, a holiday that isn’t technically covered in our district curriculum. With the printable materials, I can add in articles and word work that helps me meet learning targets and still gives Thanksgiving a shout-out.

    This week, I’m happy to share some of my favorite printnables that you can use in your classroom in the amount of time it takes you to click and print. Most of these are free, but the few that require a subscription can be accessed during a 30-day free trial period.

    LANGUAGE ARTS

    Reader's Theater Resources

    Scholastic Teachables has reader's theater scripts and resources across many topics. Below you will find a free script for Thanksgiving along with ideas for how to do reader's theater in your classroom from a blog post I wrote last fall. 

    Happy Harvest Feast: A Reader's Theater Play

    Free Reader's Theater Printable

    Your students in grades K–3 will improve fluency while they enjoy reading and acting out this Thanksgiving story. For more information on how to put on a reader's theater play in your classroom, please take a look at my blog post,
    "Reader's Theater for Fluency, Comprehension, and Engagement." In that post I share 10 steps to follow to make your reader's theater experience into a comprehensive lesson that includes using Story Circles, a great reading response organizer.

    story Cirlce

    Another good choice for a script is this easy-to-read thematic play, The Mayflower.

    Mini-Books and Close Reading Passages With Comprehension Activities

    I love using mini-books to introduce or reinforce topics and they're a valuable guided reading resource in my classroom. Scholastic Teachables has over 2,000 mini-books, some of which are free each month.

    This six-page mini-book plus graphic organizers to help students summarize the story is perfect for early readers in grades K–2. The Pumpkins in History close reading passage helps students build on their reading comprehension using compare and contrast, context clues, and prediction.

    close reading

     

    In my blog post, "Investigating Nonfiction Part 2: Digging Deeper With Close Reading" you will find free resources I've created to go with the mini-book.

    close reading

     

    November Writing Prompts With Stationery

    The past few times I've been absent, I've used the monthly writing prompts I've found in Scholastic Teachables along with their thematic stationery. I normally select three or four prompts, then let my students choose from them during writing time when a substitute teacher is taking over.

    Writing Prompts for K–2

     

    Writing Prompts for Grades 35

    November writing prompts

    Stationery With or Without Lines

    stationery

    Stationery With or Without Lines

    stationery

    Mayflower Resources

    The week of Thanksgiving is a short week for my school. During that time, we take the Scholastic Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip that I supplement with a few printables.

    Sail on the Mayflower Game

    "Take Your Class On the First Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip"

    Scholastic's First Thanksgiving Resources are amazing. Click on the link for compare and contrast examples, a time line of the Mayflower voyage with audio, plenty of teacher resources as well as four virtual field trips!

    Math Practice Pages

    Great for morning work or fast finishers, I always keep some math Printables on hand.

    Turkey Tally

    It Happens in November

    Cute Clip Art for Bulletin Boards or Newsletters

    When I want a little something to perk up a seasonal bulletin board, and I don't have time to hit up the dollar store, I always know I can find a printable without spending a dime. The clip art is also an easy addition to my class newsletter or website.

     

    Chipmunk with cornucopia

     

    Word Walls

    I have this bank of Thanksgiving words hanging on my writing bulletin board.

    But my favorite place for making word walls is Scholastic's Word Workshop. With any list of words, you can create your own word wall for free in just minutes. Download and print this word wall with over 80 Thanksgiving-related words.

    Try a Free 30-Day Subscription!

    If you would like to try Printables, there is a 30-day free trial subscription available. That's how I first started using them and now I couldn't imagine teaching without them!

    Did You Know You Can Buy Individual Printables Without a Subscription?

    I just recently realized that you can now purchase individual Printables a la carte, without a subscription! Now if you only want one or two pages, you can purchase as you go!

    Check out these bundles for purchase!

    Hoping You Can Benefit From These Resources!

    As I was sharing some writing prompts with colleagues last week, I realized that no one I worked with knew that there was a large collection of printables offered for free each month. As a result, I decided to write this post to spread the news. Hopefully these resources will make your lives a little easier during this busy, busy time of year! 

    The printables from Scholastic Teachables are one of my favorite go-to resources when I need something quick for a classroom center, sub plans, or holidays and special events. Every month Scholastic offers a pretty wide selection of timely, seasonal Printables for free. November is one of my favorite months to visit the Scholastic Teachables section due to all the available resources for Thanksgiving, a holiday that isn’t technically covered in our district curriculum. With the printable materials, I can add in articles and word work that helps me meet learning targets and still gives Thanksgiving a shout-out.

    This week, I’m happy to share some of my favorite printnables that you can use in your classroom in the amount of time it takes you to click and print. Most of these are free, but the few that require a subscription can be accessed during a 30-day free trial period.

    LANGUAGE ARTS

    Reader's Theater Resources

    Scholastic Teachables has reader's theater scripts and resources across many topics. Below you will find a free script for Thanksgiving along with ideas for how to do reader's theater in your classroom from a blog post I wrote last fall. 

    Happy Harvest Feast: A Reader's Theater Play

    Free Reader's Theater Printable

    Your students in grades K–3 will improve fluency while they enjoy reading and acting out this Thanksgiving story. For more information on how to put on a reader's theater play in your classroom, please take a look at my blog post,
    "Reader's Theater for Fluency, Comprehension, and Engagement." In that post I share 10 steps to follow to make your reader's theater experience into a comprehensive lesson that includes using Story Circles, a great reading response organizer.

    story Cirlce

    Another good choice for a script is this easy-to-read thematic play, The Mayflower.

    Mini-Books and Close Reading Passages With Comprehension Activities

    I love using mini-books to introduce or reinforce topics and they're a valuable guided reading resource in my classroom. Scholastic Teachables has over 2,000 mini-books, some of which are free each month.

    This six-page mini-book plus graphic organizers to help students summarize the story is perfect for early readers in grades K–2. The Pumpkins in History close reading passage helps students build on their reading comprehension using compare and contrast, context clues, and prediction.

    close reading

     

    In my blog post, "Investigating Nonfiction Part 2: Digging Deeper With Close Reading" you will find free resources I've created to go with the mini-book.

    close reading

     

    November Writing Prompts With Stationery

    The past few times I've been absent, I've used the monthly writing prompts I've found in Scholastic Teachables along with their thematic stationery. I normally select three or four prompts, then let my students choose from them during writing time when a substitute teacher is taking over.

    Writing Prompts for K–2

     

    Writing Prompts for Grades 35

    November writing prompts

    Stationery With or Without Lines

    stationery

    Stationery With or Without Lines

    stationery

    Mayflower Resources

    The week of Thanksgiving is a short week for my school. During that time, we take the Scholastic Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip that I supplement with a few printables.

    Sail on the Mayflower Game

    "Take Your Class On the First Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip"

    Scholastic's First Thanksgiving Resources are amazing. Click on the link for compare and contrast examples, a time line of the Mayflower voyage with audio, plenty of teacher resources as well as four virtual field trips!

    Math Practice Pages

    Great for morning work or fast finishers, I always keep some math Printables on hand.

    Turkey Tally

    It Happens in November

    Cute Clip Art for Bulletin Boards or Newsletters

    When I want a little something to perk up a seasonal bulletin board, and I don't have time to hit up the dollar store, I always know I can find a printable without spending a dime. The clip art is also an easy addition to my class newsletter or website.

     

    Chipmunk with cornucopia

     

    Word Walls

    I have this bank of Thanksgiving words hanging on my writing bulletin board.

    But my favorite place for making word walls is Scholastic's Word Workshop. With any list of words, you can create your own word wall for free in just minutes. Download and print this word wall with over 80 Thanksgiving-related words.

    Try a Free 30-Day Subscription!

    If you would like to try Printables, there is a 30-day free trial subscription available. That's how I first started using them and now I couldn't imagine teaching without them!

    Did You Know You Can Buy Individual Printables Without a Subscription?

    I just recently realized that you can now purchase individual Printables a la carte, without a subscription! Now if you only want one or two pages, you can purchase as you go!

    Check out these bundles for purchase!

    Hoping You Can Benefit From These Resources!

    As I was sharing some writing prompts with colleagues last week, I realized that no one I worked with knew that there was a large collection of printables offered for free each month. As a result, I decided to write this post to spread the news. Hopefully these resources will make your lives a little easier during this busy, busy time of year! 

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