Read about our lesson plans, text dependent questions, graphic organizers, and craft for each November read-aloud.
The lesson plans for each book will guide us through 3 days of close reading. Each day we will read the text for a different purpose and students will complete a different activity.
We can’t let November pass without reading this classic story Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. This delightful tale is sure to make your students giggle as Turkey worries that he will be served as the main dish at Thanksgiving dinner. He tries various disguises so the farmer won’t be able to find him when Thanksgiving arrives. To address key ideas and details, students will sequence the events of the story. “Turkey Trouble” is filled with clever word-play, which is perfect for teaching words and phrases from the craft and structure standards. Students will determine the meaning of silly phrases from the story and identify whether they appeal to their feelings or senses. As a culminating activity, students will disguise their own turkeys and write an option piece on why their costume is a better disguise.
The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene illustrated by Susan Gaber
My Teacher for President by Kay Winters and Denise Brunkus
We paired these two stories to teach children about Election Day. Duck for President is an adorable story that teaches young students about the election process through Duck’s political journey. Duck is tired of doing his chores on the farm and climbs his way to the top until he is elected as President of the United States. Running the country turns out to be more work and stress than he planned on so Duck returns back to the farm to write his autobiography.
In My Teacher for President, Oliver, believes his teacher has the qualities to run for President. He writes a letter to Channel 39, listing all the reasons his teacher would be a perfect candidate.
We felt students will need some background knowledge about politicians and the election process to better comprehend and respond to these two stories. We wrote a short text entitled “What Does a Politician Do?” to front load these close reads. Much of the story is told through the illustrations in both of these books. This provides an opportunity for students to use illustrations and details to describe the events. Students will also learn about cause and effect and complete a graphic organizer about Duck and his response to different events in the story. Students will use information from both stories to brainstorm and write about things they would change if they were elected class president.