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It can be difficult to keep kids focused on their homeschool lessons during the holidays. But, it doesn’t have to be. When you incorporate holiday-themed activities into your lesson plans, you can keep your kids engaged and entertained at the same time.
Our Thanksgiving reading worksheets are so much fun for young readers! In the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, these worksheets will help your little ones practice reading comprehension with a fun holiday theme.
Because these worksheets are print-and-go, they’re perfect for busy moms and teachers like you. They can be used in the classroom, at home, and as a supplement in your children’s story time at the library.
In today’s post, we will be discussing ways to help students strengthen their reading comprehension skills and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
Strengthening Reading Skills
There are a number of things you can do to help your child develop their reading skills. One thing you can do is to provide them with opportunities to read on a daily basis.
This means setting aside time each day for your child to read either independently or with you. It is also important that you make sure your child has access to a variety of books that they will enjoy reading.
Another thing you can do is to use interactive activities like games or puzzles to help your child learn new words and concepts.
You can also encourage your child to read aloud with you so that they can practice their fluency and comprehension skills.
Lastly, make sure to praise your child when they make progress in their reading skills so that they feel motivated to continue improving.
What is the purpose of this activity?
This free printable includes three reading worksheets. They’re designed for use with kindergarteners and first graders who are good readers. However, they can be used with older students who may need a little extra practice with reading and reading comprehension.
Students will strengthen reading comprehension skills and increase their vocabularies as they read each passage and follow the instructions to color each page.
Thanksgiving Reading Worksheets
These worksheets are so much fun for kids! They’re perfect for your November homeschool lessons in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.
What You’ll Need
- Thanksgiving Reading Worksheets (can be found at the bottom of this post)
- crayons or markers
What You’ll Do
I like to start each lesson with a quick story. You can see some of our favorite Thanksgiving picture books below.
Then, choose a worksheet for your child to complete. Instruct them to read the passage. As they do, they’ll see clues that will tell them how to color the picture at the bottom of the page (ex. yellow boots, blue pie pan, etc.)
Finally, kids can color the rest of the picture if they’d like.
Assessing Your Child’s Comprehension
Not only do these worksheets help kids work on color words, but they’ll have to read and comprehend the objects named, as well.
You will be able to check your child’s comprehension by seeing if they’ve colored the named items (pie pan, boots, scarf, etc.) correctly.
Some students may need more help than others when completing the Parts of a Turkey Worksheet. To help students who are struggling, you can read the passage aloud and have your child color the pictures accordingly.
For students who need a challenge, you can label the picture with words from the story. This is a great way to work on handwriting.
BOOKS ABOUT THANKSGIVING
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about Thanksgiving. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Turkey Trouble – Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main course. But Turkey has an idea–what if he doesn’t look like a turkey?
Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks – Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for.
How to Catch a Turkey – A turkey is running loose in a school right before a Thanksgiving play. Can YOU help catch it so the show can go on? Follow along as students turn their school upside down trying to catch the turkey, ending with a twist that ensures no turkeys are harmed (or eaten!).
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
Whether you’re looking for something to do in the classroom or at home, we’ve got you covered. From crafting turkeys to playing holiday games, these activities are sure to get everyone in the Thanksgiving spirit.
• Turkey Handprint Craft – All you need is some construction paper, scissors, and paint. Have your child trace their handprint on the construction paper, then cut out the handprint shape.
Once you have your handprints, it’s time to get creative! Use paint or crayons to add eyes, a beak, and feathers. Give each turkey a unique personality – your child will love seeing their creations come to life!
• Thankfulness Tree – This activity is a great way to teach kids about gratitude and reflect on all the things they’re thankful for. Start by tracing a tree trunk onto a piece of brown construction paper. Then help your child cut out leaves from green construction paper.
Once you have your leaves, have your child write or draw something they’re thankful for on each leaf. Finally, glue or tape the leaves onto the tree trunk. Display your Thankfulness Tree somewhere everyone can see it and add to it throughout the season!
• Thanksgiving Charades – A classic party game with a festive twist! Write down a list of popular Thanksgiving words/phrases on small pieces of paper (examples: turkey, pumpkin pie, Pilgrims).
Fold up each piece of paper and place in a bowl or hat. Players take turns drawing a word from the bowl/hat and acting it out without speaking for their team to guess correctly within 1 minute – if they don’t guess correctly within that time limit, their turn is over.
The team with the most points at the end of the game wins!
MORE THANKSGIVING PRINTABLES
If your kids enjoyed this worksheet, you may be looking for more Thanksgiving printables. If so, check out the worksheets and printable activities listed below: