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.