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I Am Thankful For

I Am Thankful For

Preschool, Kindergarten

Writing

by Catherine Crider

October 30, 2017

Finding reasons to be grateful is a big part of the Thanksgiving season. Students won t forget these reasons once they write them down!

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify sounds in words and form the corresponding letter.

Materials and preparation

Colored Paperand form the corresponding letter. Materials and preparation Strips of colored paper cut into the shape

Strips of colored paper cut into the shape of turkey feathers and tree leavesletter. Materials and preparation Colored Paper Pens/Pencils Markers/Crayons Glue/Tape Scissors The Thankful

Pens/Pencilspaper cut into the shape of turkey feathers and tree leaves Markers/Crayons Glue/Tape Scissors The Thankful

Markers/Crayonsthe shape of turkey feathers and tree leaves Pens/Pencils Glue/Tape Scissors The Thankful Book by Todd

Glue/Tapeturkey feathers and tree leaves Pens/Pencils Markers/Crayons Scissors The Thankful Book by Todd Parr Introduction (10

Scissorsand tree leaves Pens/Pencils Markers/Crayons Glue/Tape The Thankful Book by Todd Parr Introduction (10 minutes)

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr by Todd Parr

Introduction (10 minutes)

Call students together.The Thankful Book by Todd Parr Introduction (10 minutes) Read The Thankful Book aloud. While reading,

Read The Thankful Book aloud. The Thankful Book aloud.

While reading, encourage students to raise their hand if they also feel thankful for things in the book, have students guess what the author wrote based on the illustrations, and take time to sound out words and point out letter shapes.Call students together. Read The Thankful Book aloud. Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (5 minutes) Ask

Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (5 minutes)

Ask students if they know of a holiday coming up that focuses on being thankful (they should say Thanksgiving).shapes. Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling (5 minutes) Encourage students to help sound out the word

Encourage students to help sound out the word 'Thanksgiving' by following a process that includes:focuses on being thankful (they should say Thanksgiving). hearing the next sound, thinking about what letter

hearing the next sound,

hearing the next sound,

thinking about what letter makes that sound,

thinking about what letter makes that sound,

thinking about what letter makes that sound,

then writing that letter.

Ask students if they can think of any animals associated with Thanksgiving (they should say turkey).what letter makes that sound, then writing that letter. Once again, students should be encouraged to

Once again, students should be encouraged to help sound out the word 'turkey' by using the same method as 'Thanksgiving.'associated with Thanksgiving (they should say turkey). Tell students that today they will be making turkeys

Tell students that today they will be making turkeys that show what they are thankful for.by using the same method as 'Thanksgiving.' Guided Practice (5 minutes) Hand each student a piece

Guided Practice (5 minutes)

Hand each student a piece of colored paper.what they are thankful for. Guided Practice (5 minutes) Ask if anyone knows how to trace

Ask if anyone knows how to trace his or her hand. Have them demonstrate this to the class.(5 minutes) Hand each student a piece of colored paper. Have students trace their own hand

Have students trace their own hand or separate into partners to have someone else trace their hand.his or her hand. Have them demonstrate this to the class. Pass out one turkey feather

Pass out one turkey feather strip to each student.into partners to have someone else trace their hand. Get more lesson plans at

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As a class, come up with one thing people are thankful for (explain that this should be one word).Demonstrate how to sound out and spell the word on the feather strip and glue

Demonstrate how to sound out and spell the word on the feather strip and glue it to a turkey.are thankful for (explain that this should be one word). Break students up into small groups

Break students up into small groups or partners to practice with one more feather strip.spell the word on the feather strip and glue it to a turkey. After checking-in to

After checking-in to make sure that everyone understands how to complete feathers, pass out ve more feather strips to each student. ve more feather strips to each student.

Before sending students o to work, remind them of any independent work rules (i.e. only speaking in a whisper, to work, remind them of any independent work rules (i.e. only speaking in a whisper, raising hands for needs, etc.)

Independent working time (15 minutes)

While students are working on their turkey feathers, any adults in the room should be circulating, answering questions, and assessing student abilities to identify the sounds in words and write the corresponding letters.for needs, etc.) Independent working time (15 minutes) Playing quiet music in the background can help

Playing quiet music in the background can help to set a good working mood and keep conversations to a minimum.the sounds in words and write the corresponding letters. Encourage early nishers to create another turkey

Encourage early nishers to create another turkey to bring home! nishers to create another turkey to bring home!

Di erentiation

Support: Working with a partner can help to sca old this activity. For students unable to write letters, this activity can be dictated and transcribed or modi ed so students may draw a picture on each turkey feather or tree leaf. (Students will practice drawing the di erent types of lines they can turn into letters in the near future.)

Enrichment: Encourage students to write full sentences instead of single words on the turkey feathers and leaves. Determining the right punctuation can add an extra level of di culty, too!

Assessment (5 minutes)

Ask students: How did you know to write that letter? How do you write that letter? How did you know to write that letter? How do you write that letter?

Observe how students wrote letters on their turkeys. Are they formed properly?know to write that letter? How do you write that letter? Review and closing (5 minutes)

Review and closing (5 minutes)

Call students back together. Give students the opportunity to share what they have written.Are they formed properly? Review and closing (5 minutes) Ask: Did other students identify the same

Ask: Did other students identify the same sounds and letters? What were some of the sounds they heard most often? Were any letters hard or easy to write?students the opportunity to share what they have written. Post students' creations in the classroom. For

Post students' creations in the classroom. For an interesting wall decoration, create a paper tree with students names on it and put the turkeys under it. names on it and put the turkeys under it.

Encourage students to continue to add more things they are thankful for each day until Thanksgiving. (They can write these on colorful paper leaves that they attach to the tree.)with students names on it and put the turkeys under it. Get more lesson plans at

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