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Language Arts Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving lends itself to fantastic Language Arts projects. Poetry, copywork, essays and letters are all fun things to do that don’t seem much like the usual writing assignments. You can use these projects for handwriting and copywork. You can discuss capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech and can incorporate art too with decorating borders or placemats. How about doing one or all of these things as we approach Thanksgiving?

Poetry There are all sorts of poems you can write. Have you heard of a lune? I hadn’t either! There are two types that you can create. One is called Collum and the other is Kelly. If you have a writer who is just beginning then I would do the Collum lune with them.

Collum lune poems have the following structure:

  1. First line: three words
  2. Second line: five words
  3. Third line: three words

Kelly lune poems follow this structure:

  1. First line: three syllables
  2. Second line: five syllables
  3. Third line: three syllables

Here is my feeble attempt at a Collum lune:

Our Thanksgiving Feast

Turkey, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie

Family, blessings, laughter

Copywork Here is a scripture to copy. Here is a Thanksgiving border with lines for your daughter/son to use. CLICK HERE

Psalm 107:1

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Read books about Thanksgiving and write a summary. Scholastic has a list of books with descriptions. CLICK HERE

Write a list- For what are you thankful? create a running list that each person can contribute. It will be fun to read it on Thanksgiving.

Write a letter, send a card- If you can’t see your extended family this year, what about writing them a note or card? It will be a happy day for the recipient to get a card instead of a junk mail, don’t you think?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~Lisa~

Using Wordless Books for Language Arts

Students of all ages like well crafted wordless books. Young readers/ writers and those who are struggling can tell a story when given these types of books. There is not a right way to narrate what is happening and children do not have to create a story line since it is already in the book.

Here are some ideas to get your child talking and the pencil moving.

  • You can partner write with Post-it notes the events of the story. You can take turns telling the story and writing the details. If your child is reluctant to write, then you can be the scribe.
  • For new/ struggling/ reluctant writers, they can use Post-it notes and just write brief words that some of the characters would say. For instance, “Help!” or “Watch out!”
  • Write and/or illustrate a sequel to the story.

A favorite of mine and my students is Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner. Mr. Wuffles is a cat who has a plethora of toys, but is not interested in any of them. Well, he is interested in one, a spaceship. What ensues is sure to make your student want to tell you what is happening.

I hope you get to try this activity with your writer. Have a great week! ~Lisa~