November Read Alouds

Hi friends!

November is a time for being thankful and grateful, as well as celebrating family and friendships. In my classroom, I like to focus on what we are thankful for, as well as traditions, history, and family. Today, I am going to share my top read alouds for November.

Turkeys, Parades, and Pie, Oh my!
Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano
This is a hilarious story about a turkey who dons different disguises to try and get out of being the main dish! There is also a GREAT craft that goes with it here, where students design their own disguise for a turkey. 
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey by Lucille Colandro
I think I may have to have one of these books in ALL of my read aloud lists! They are great for teaching rhyming and each one is based on a different holiday or season. Read along to hear how this old lady swallowed a turkey, and then a bunch more Thanksgiving items!

T is for Turkey by Tanya Lee Stone
This story is an alphabet book that talks about different things starting with each letter of the alphabet. Alphabet books help build your student's vocabulary and this one is perfect for Thanksgiving time.

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
Who doesn't love the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?!? I always have a few students who have never seen it before, so we read this story and then watch clips on YouTube. After Thanksgiving, they always come back raving about the parade that they finally watched!

The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah
Let's get on our turkey pants! Even if you're not Joey from Friends, you know you are going to need bigger pants after Thanksgiving dinner. Travel along with a turkey who has to make his way to FIVE different Thanksgiving meals! This one is a great story that emphasizes the importance of friendships! 

Family and Traditions
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
Written just like the book with almost the same title (Twas the Night Before Christmas), this poem/story tells how one family prepares for their big Thanksgiving feast. This would be a great read aloud to read and then discuss different Thanksgiving traditions with family. 

The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings by Jan and Mike Berenstain
Everyone's favorite Bear family comes together to give thanks in this story that emphasizes the importance of being thankful. This is another story that you could tie when discussing family and traditions. 
Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim
The story starts out with a little girl going on an errand for her mother, but as she walks along she finds many things to be thankful for. We always go on a walk around our school and think of 5 things that we are thankful for too!
Over the River and Through the Wood by Emma Randall
Now, I always thought this was a Christmas song, but in fact, it is about traveling for Thanksgiving! We like to discuss where we are going for Thanksgiving after we read this one.

Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman
This story, told in rhyme, is about Percy as he tells his ten rules for Thanksgiving. My favorite is "Smile and say pie!" It's such a fun and laughable read aloud!

Being Thankful
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Marks
This read aloud is great for not only Thanksgiving time! It focuses on the simpler things that we should be thankful for.

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
This story is my go to for Thanksgiving time! I think I've read it every year, because my students always love it. We always make our Thankful Turkeys after reading this one.

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Find out what Bear and his friends are thankful for! The "Bear" series is one of my favorites for different holidays and seasons.

Splat the Cat Says Thank You by Rob Scotton
Who doesn't love Splat the Cat?!? This one is another story that could be read year round. It emphasizes the importance of saying "Thank you" by writing thank you cards.

The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty
This one isn't about being thankful, but it has a very important lesson! This little pilgrim feels like she cannot help with anything in preparation for Thanksgiving, but it teaches her the lesson that no matter what size, everyone is important.

History of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is by Gail Gibbons
This story goes over everything Thanksgiving, from the pilgrims to the family traditions. Definitely a Thanksgiving classic!

The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene
This is a great read aloud to introduce Thanksgiving to your little ones! It is perfect to do a KWL chart about the history of Thanksgiving and fill in what we've learned from reading this book. My students learn so much from just this story!

The Pilgrim's Thanksgiving from A to Z by Laura Crawford
Another alphabet book, but this one focuses on the history behind Thanksgiving. Great for introducing words like A for Atlantic Ocean and W for Wampanoag Tribe. We like to use some of these words in our Thanksgiving writing projects.

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
This is a historical fiction story about a couple of pilgrims and their journey to America, hardships they faced along the way, and how the first Thanksgiving happened. It is an older book, first published in 1954, but students today still enjoy the illustrations and heartwarming story.

Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac
This book tells the story of Squanto and his perspective of the first Thanksgiving. It is a great read to pair with The Very First Thanksgiving and discuss the similarities and differences between the Native Americans and Pilgrims. 

I hope you got some new ideas for books to read with your students this November. Are there any books you would add to the list? 

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase through one of my affiliate links. This helps support my blog, Sweet for Kindergarten. I only recommend products that I love. All ideas shared are my own.

Guest Post: Literacy Centers by Edventurous Little Apples

I am very excited to introduce my very first guest blogger- Genevieve from Edventurous Little Apples! She is a Kindergarten teacher in Canada and shares so many creative and inspiring posts on her Instagram here and at her Teachers Pay Teachers store- Today, she is going to share hands on and engaging literacy centers with you!

Hi friends!  I am beyond excited to be featured on Kristina’s blog this week for my very first blog post! If you have been following me on Instagram for a while, you know I love sharing engaging literacy activities with fellow kindergarten educators. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share a few of my favorite alphabet centres with you! I’m hoping they will inspire you!

1. Alphabet Strips

These hands-on no prep alphabet strips are a great way to challenge and keep your quick learners engaged. Using magnetic letters, letter tiles or foam letters, your students have to find the letters that are missing and put them at the right spot on the strip. I included five levels in order to differentiate based on your students abilities. You can access this resource in my TpT store by clicking on the image above.
Since the strips were quite popular, I recently created seasonal ones. However, those only include uppercase letter strips. You can also find this resource on TpT. Clicking on the picture above will redirect you to my store where this product is currently at its lowest price.

2. Play Doh Mats
If your students LOVE play dough as much as mine do, they will love these mats. I simply used a font I purchased and chose a size that covered half of a letter page. I printed them on card stock and voil√†! You could also use mini erasers or other loose parts such as pompons and cubes as shown in the picture. This alphabet centre turned fine motor activity is a great way to help build finger muscles. 

3. Alphabetical Order
Just like the alphabet strips, this activity was initially created to challenge my quick learners. I also had to do something with the bottle caps I had accumulated over the summer! Each mats has between 1 and 6 letters. The rest are to be completed by the students using the bottle caps, magnetic letters or even a dry erase marker. This resource is available in both English and French in my TpT store. You can access the English version by clicking on the picture above.

Why dont you give the Halloween Edition a try with your kinders! Click on the image below to grab this F R E E B I E from my TpT store:

 4. BeeBot
If you have a BeeBot at your school, you MUST give this a try! If you don’t, what are you waiting for? They are truly amazing!
Using a white bristol board and tape, I created a BeeBot mat on which I glued lowercase letters I made on PowerPoint. Make sure that your squares align with the BeeBot’s movements.  To play the game, the students had to pick a purple card on which were uppercase letters. They then had to program the route to get the bee to the corresponding lowercase letter. So. Much. Fun.

That’s it for now!  I hope you will be able to use some activities in your classroom! Come find me on Instagram for some more ideas!

Check out my Amazon store with my Word Work suggestions here: Word Work

Are you interested in being a guest blogger for Sweet for Kindergarten? I'm looking for one guest post per month! Please fill out the application here- Guest Post Application for Sweet for Kindergarten 

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase through one of my affiliate links. This helps support my blog, Sweet for Kindergarten. I only recommend products that I love. All ideas shared are my own.