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November 17, 2009

Thanksgiving Read Aloud

I was working in the library the other day and came across this book that I just fell in love with while reading it! The story is wonderful and the pictures were so beautiful!

Here is a fabulous Thanksgiving read aloud with a few ideas to incorporate into the lesson!

The Firefighters Thanksgiving

By: Maribeth Boelts

Illustrator: Terry Widener

Story: Station 1 is a busy place. When there aren't fires to put out there are plenty of chores. On Thanksgiving Day there's a big feast to prepare. Lou is in charge of dinner this year, but just as they finish preparing the meal, a call comes in. They drop everything to get to the fire. It looks like there may not be a Thanksgiving dinner afterall. Luckily, the grateful families in the neighborhood show their thanks!

Ideas: Theme of Thanksgiving and bravery. There are SO MANY teachable concepts here. Have students write their own Thanksgiving narrative. Have them pretend they are a character in the story and write a letter of thanks to Station 1. Go a step further and write a letter to your own local fire station!

Word Patterns: This text is filled with rhyme patterns. Give the students post it notes and have them write patterns as they listen to the read aloud.

Reader's Theater: Take this text and rewrite it with a narrator and Lou. Have students partner up and practice reading aloud for fluency!

Of Course.. you can always just read the book to your kidos and have a discussion about the story and the meaning of Thanksgiving.


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