This 1st and 2nd Grade Thanksgiving ELA Activities unit is filled with ELA activities for 1st and 2nd graders. There are themed activities for each of the six Common Core Standards domains (RL, RI, L, SL, RF, and W). Your students will practice their ELA standards while incorporating the Thanksgiving theme as well. This will take some of the stress off of your plate by providing you with standards-based and Common Core-aligned seasonal activities!
Each domain will have 3-4 activities or passages. The domains are Reading Literature, Reading Informational, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language, and Foundational Skills. There will be a mix of hands-on partner, whole group, and independent activities.
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Thanksgiving Activities in 1st and 2nd Grade Thanksgiving ELA Activities include:
Reading Literature: 4 passages plus 1 practice activity
Practice Activity: RL.1.3/RL.2.3- Challenge and Response
RL.1.5/Rl.2.5- Story Structure
RL.1.3/RL.2.3- Problem and Solution
Reading Informational: 4 passages plus 1 practice activity
Practice Activity: RL.1.4/RL.2.4- Unknown Words
RL.1.5/RL.2.5- Text Features
RL.1.7/RL.2.7- Images in a Text
RL.1.2/Rl.2.2- Main Topic
RL.1.4/Rl.2.4- Unknown Words
Writing: 1 partner practice activity, 1 prompt, 2 independent activities, and 1 partner activity
W.1.2/W.2.2- Informative Writing Practice
W.1.2/W.2.2- Informative Writing
W.1.3/W.2.3- Narrative Writing Practice
W.1.3/W.2.3- Narrative Writing
W.1.5&6/W.2.5&6- Editing and Publishing
Speaking & Listening: 2 partner activities and 1 whole group activity
SL.1.2/SL.2.2- Recounting Details
SL.1.6/SL.2.6- Complete Sentences
SL.1.3/SL.2.3- Responding for More Information
Language & RF: 3 partner activities and 1 independent activity
L.1.1.c/L.2.1.b- Plural Nouns
L.1.4.b/L.2.4.b/c- Prefixes and Suffixes
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This resource is an add-on to the ELA units I have created for Common Core. All of these activities are standards-based activities. What makes these unique is that they are themed to a holiday or a season!
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Standards covered in this particular unit:
RL.1.3- Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
RL.1.2- Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
RL.1.5- Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
RL.2.3- Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
RL.2.2- Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
RL.2.5- Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
RI.1.4- Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
RI.1.5.- Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
RI.1.7- Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
RI.1.2- Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
RI.2.4- Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
RI.2.5- Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
RI.2.7- Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
RI.2.2- Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
W.1.2- Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
W.1.3- Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
W.1.5- With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
W.1.6- With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
W.2.2- Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
W.2.3- Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
W.2.5- With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
W.2.6- With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
SL.1.2- Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
SL.1.6- Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 1 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
SL.1.3- Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
SL.2.2- Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
SL.2.6- Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See grade 2 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
SL.2.3- Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
L.1.1.c- Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).
L.1.4.b- Use frequently occurring affixes as a clue to the meaning of a word.
L.1.2.c- Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series.
RF.1.3.d- Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
RF.1.3.e- Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
L.2.1.b- Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).
L.2.4.b- Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix is added to a known word (e.g., happy/unhappy, tell/retell).
L.2.4.c- Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., addition, additional).
L.2.2.b- Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.
RF.2.3.c- Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.
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