Thanksgiving Finds and Freebies

With our Thanksgiving blog hop approaching, I thought I'd share a few book recommendations and freebies I've come across that I think are worth a good look.  I love sharing books that celebrate time with family and friends, the change of the season, and all things fall.  Many of these great books work well as mentor texts for writing and reading skills too.

The first, In November, is a beautiful example of word choice and sentence fluency.  I love how Cynthia Rylant uses repetition in this book and in When I was Young in the Mountain.  I created a unit to go with the book which you can access {Here}.  You could also grab this freebie from Teachers Pay Teachers too.

Another Cynthia Rylant book, Scarecrow, works well during this time of year.  It would work well with point of you/viewpoint.  It, too, is written very poetically, so you might use it to write an acrostic poem about the season and role of the Scarecrow.  I just bought this book, and it's on my list to create a unit with.  Stay tuned...

Looking for materials to get your students busy with writing?  This freebie from Lisa Richling includes how to writing for making pumpkin pie, how to disguise a turkey, and many more great quick write topics.  Some might be helpful for process writing too. Regardless, it really is cute and kid-friendly.

If you're a primary teacher, this cute craftivity will show your classes deep appreciation for their many gifts.  What a nice project to welcome your parents for a class feast or celebration.  Thanks for sharing Ms. Makinson!

The last freebie I thought I'd share is an ELA freebie from Ashley Reed.  I love using seasonal graphic organizers.  My students love and appreciate celebrating the seasonal things, but honestly, there's so much to teach and practice that sometimes just a little touch of the holiday is all I can include. These graphic organizers can be used with many different books and passages.

Well, I hope you enjoy these freebies, but if they aren't what you're looking for, drop back by for I'm So Thankful Blog Hop. Jessica at Hanging Out in First has so graciously put together this event, and I am happy to be part of it!  You can click the I'm So Thankful Blog Hop button below to begin the hop at Jessica's blog.
Thanks so much and have a hopping weekend!
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