Saturday, November 15, 2014

You Oughta Know November

Is it just me or is November a ridiculously busy month? The past two weeks I had Teachers Convention, Report Cards, Parent/Teacher Conferences and my 40 minute unannounced observation. If your November has been anything like mine you may be scrambling for extra time in your schedule. This month I am teaming up with some excellent teacher bloggers to share some classroom advice. To save you some time this November, I complied a list of great books to help celebrate Thanksgiving.

Many of you know that I am obsessed with scholastic. I take advantage of all their great deals and promotions to build my class library. These are some of my favorite Thanksgiving non-fiction books.

  • Sarah Morton's Day
  • Samuel Eaton's Day
  • Tapenum's Day
  • On the Mayflower
  • The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving

Scholastic also has some really great resources on their website. You can even sign up to receive letters from the New World! Some things were a little too advanced for my Kinder's so I just paraphrased the information. They loved looking at the photos though. Check it out for yourself here.

You can't forget all of the great Thanksgiving read aloud stories. Last year my kids loved Turkey Trouble. They had so much fun creating disguises for their turkeys and then writing a turkey free menu for Thanksgiving.
  • The Littlest Pilgrim
  • Bear Says Thanks
  • T is for Turkey
  • Turkey Trouble
  • The Night Before Thanksgiving
  • Pete the Cat The First Thanksgiving
  • Happy Thanksgiving Biscuit
  • The Great Turkey Race
...and many many more!

I would love to hear about your Thanksgiving favorites. Don't forget to stop by these other fantastic teacher bloggers for more great suggestions.


  1. We have enjoyed "The Great Turkey Race" the past two years in my classroom and had fun making these silly turkeys! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  2. Love your blog! We just read Turkey Trouble last week and sent home the "disguise a turkey project" over the weekend! I can't wait to see what they come up with!

  3. Thank you for sharing these Thanksgiving texts. I really would love to use a few of them next week before our Thanksgiving break :-)

    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

  4. Awesome! We were planning to use those books next week for our new focus on Non-fiction books about culture. I just shared the Scholastic link with my team. Thank you.

  5. My kids are loving Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey this year! I put it out in our library and they have been reading it over and over again :). Thanks for suggesting Turkey Trouble, I'll have to check that one out.

    The Learning Chambers

  6. Thank you for sharing! These is a great list of Thanksgiving books. Teaching Science With Lynda

  7. Thanks for sharing! I'm obsessed with picture books, and I'm always happy to find a few more good ones :)

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

  8. Yes, it's not just you...unfortunately time has been moving by super fast and November has been a super busy month! I should be printing out my report cards as I type! Thanks for the good list of picture books. I love reading picture books to my students and using them for mentor texts in literature circles and writing workshop!

    A LoveLi Class

  9. I'm thankful for the list of books you complied. I was just asking my facebook group for some suggestions since I feel like this is one holiday I don't have a set of go-to books.