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In this Thanksgiving reading lesson, an emergent reader is made into a predictable chart


Art, Language Arts  


PreK, K, 1  

Title – Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

By – Elaine Engerdahl

Primary Subject – Language Arts

Secondary Subjects – Art

Grade Level – PreK-1


  • Students will understand that Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all that they have.
  • Students will further extend this concept idea into listening and discussing the book

    Thanks for Thanksgiving

    by Julie Markes.
  • Student will be able to read a predictable chart and matching printable emergent reader related to this concept.
  • Students will be able to complete a craft to further this concept.


  • The book

    Thanks for Thanksgiving

    by Julie Markes
  • Predictable chart
  • Turkey outline

  • The Thankful Book

    which is a free online emergent reader found at the

    web site. Look under the heading “Seasonal Themes” and click on “Thanksgiving”.



  • Discuss with the children what they are thankful for.
  • Read the book

    Thanks for Thanksgiving

    by Julie Markes.
  • Compare the ideas presented in the book to the ones they discussed.
  • Introduce the predictable chart idea and pictures found on the

  • Children look at the pictures in the predictable chart and guess as to what each line says about being thankful using the picture clues.
  • Lines read as follows:
        I am thankful for my mom.
        I am thankful for my dad.
        I am thankful for my sister.
        I am thankful for my grandpa.
        I am thankful for my family.
        I am thankful for playtime.
        I am thankful for reading time.
        I am thankful for learning time.
      I am thankful for eating time.


  • Read the lines several times together, pointing to the words and modeling the reading process. Children join in.
  • After several readings, the children can compile the matching printable emergent reader. This little reader can be read to others.
  • This can be followed-up by making a “thankful turkey” or “thankful placemat”. The children dictate what they are thankful for and this is written on the tail of the turkey or placemat.
      Observe if the children can read the emergent reader. Are they able to track the words yet?


    Elaine Engerdahl



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