This Thanksgiving Library Lesson focuses on Thanksgiving traditions in the US rather than its history. Includes trivia questions, Would-You-Rather’s, fun facts, idioms, and more!
Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!
This lesson has 58 slides and it includes:
- 58-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
- All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
- 26 slides are for the read-aloud and/or guided lesson that walks you through the storytime lesson.
- 32 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending storytime lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
- List of 22 recommended books to accompany this lesson (1 page, PDF)
- The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for related books.
- Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages)
- Students “hunt” for images and information in the “scrolling slides” part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
- Includes 2 scavenger hunts. One is images-only, and the other is images and text.
- Answer key is included.
- Detailed, pre-filled Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats (2 pages), aligned to:
- AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
- National Common Core ELA Standards, and
- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
- Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
- Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
- Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
26 Lesson Slides:
Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish.
- Storytime song: “5 Little Turkeys”
- ASL sign language for “Thanksgiving” — includes video links and step-by-step directions for making the signs
- Information about Thanksgiving traditions in the USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Liberia, Germany, and Norfolk Island
- Discussion of favorite Thanksgiving foods and family traditions
- Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
- Checkout reminders slide — Add your own reminders!
- “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.
32 Scrolling Slides:
Part 2 is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts.
- Vocabulary Word of the Week: “furcula” and “embrace”
- Weekly and daily agendas (you fill in the template)
- Fun facts about turkeys, turkey body parts, the world’s heaviest pumpkin, turkey pardons, the proper spelling of Thanksgiving, and more!
- Would you rather, this or that, two Thanksgiving jokes, plus trivia questions and answers
- This week’s birthdays slide
IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the ebook(s), you could also share how to read or access ebooks through your online catalog or ebook management platform.
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – D.3.
- Explore – C.1.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
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