The Thanksgiving literacy activity below helps focus children’s attention on being grateful. It’s easy for children to be self-centered in a world full of consumer branding and commercials.
Reading books about being thankful, collecting food and mittens and hats for the less fortunate, buying a family chickens through agencies like World Vision, filling up shoeboxes with useful items and/or modeling appreciation and being grateful during the day will all help children practise gratefulness.
Make a Thanksgiving Pie and Share it With a Friend!
Each student makes a Thanksgiving pie and then shares it by reading his or her pages to a few friends. At the end of the week your students can take their pies home and share them with their families.
- Download the free pie page
- 24# Photocopy paper for the covers (slightly heavier than regular)
- Paper for pages
- Optional – a page for a back cover page
- Felt markers
Photocopy a “Thanksgiving for Kids Pie” for each student book. Photocopy it larger first if you want bigger pies.
- Do not cut the pie out yet!
- First, staple as many pages as you want the kids to draw on, to the cover pie page
- Then cut around the pie, being sure to cut through all the layers of paper
- Children color their pies and write their name on the pie shell
- Children draw pictures, then print what they are thankful for
- Help them sound out the words if necessary
Help the children learn gratefulness by reading books such as, The Thankful Book by Todd Parr.
Sharing the “Thanksgiving Pies”
- Have the children work with a partner to share their Thanksgiving pies.
- One child reads his/her pie first and then the other takes a turn reading his/her pie.
- Set the children up with new partners and have them share their pies again.