Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, so I like to spend the whole month of November teaching my preschoolers about gratitude. This Thanksgiving literacy activity does just that, and it is really low prep, too!
Predictable charts are a great way to incorporate literacy into the preschool classroom. They give preschoolers authentic experiences that help them build concepts of print, like reading from left to right and from top to bottom, reading with one to one correspondence, and it teaches children to return sweep. All these concepts of print are taught in this simple Thanksgiving literacy activity.
- lined chart paper
- name tags
- chart markers
- easel or other way to display chart paper
The Set Up
Begin by filling in some of the words on the chart paper. Since this is an activity of predictable text, that is ok. Leave a blank at the beginning of each line big enough for the name tags. Leave a space at the end of each line for a picture ad word.
Thanksgiving Literacy Activity
This Thanksgiving literacy activity is best after preschoolers have been introduced to the basic concepts of gratitude. I like to do a short circle time activity to define what it means to be thankful, and use that time to help the preschoolers generate ideas of things they might be thankful for, that way they have something to share during this activity.
Invite each preschooler, one by one, to add their name tag to the predictable chart. Read the sentence at that point, pointing to each word as you read. “Rawley is thankful for…” and invite the preschooler to share what he is thankful for. As he shares, draw a quick picture and label it. Then, reread the sentence from start to finish. Follow this procedure with each child.
Once the predictable chart is complete, invite the whole class to read each sentence with you.
I like to keep predictable charts on display for a while, because I find my preschoolers enjoy going back to them during center time to read them. The above student has taken down all the names and rearranged them, and then practiced reading the sentences again. Because of the predictable text and the pictures along with the labels, the only variable are the names themselves. Because of all the name recognition activities we do in preschool, most of my preschoolers can read each other’s names with ease.
I love using predictable charts in the preschool classroom, and this one is a perfect Thanksgiving themed literacy activity.
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