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  • Determining Importance: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Making Connections: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
  • Word Work: RF.2.3 RF.2.4
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
  • The Very First Thanksgiving Day Super Pack


    In this historical fiction book, beginner readers will journey back to the very first Thanksgiving Day, when the pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians met peacefully to celebrate the Earth’s harvest. Since most readers will be familiar with this historical event, they can focus on the information they need from this story to accurately retell, make connections and further their understanding of this text.

    Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene

    • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
    • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
    • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
    • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Rhyming Words
    • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
    • Running Record Assessment
    • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
    • Answer Keys
    • Complete Common Core Alignment
    • and More!
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    Comprehension Strategy Resources

    All comprehension strategy packs come complete with a step by step strategy lesson plan, guided page by page think sheet, answer key, text based reader's notebook prompt, and complete common core alignment

    Determining Importance with The Very First Thanksgiving Day


    The questions in this lesson plan are well-suited for early readers who are learning to determine importance while reading. Students will be asked to identify which details about the first Thanksgiving are most important to the sequence of events.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Making Connections with The Very First Thanksgiving Day


    This book pairs perfectly with a lesson on making connections. Beginner readers should be able to make connections between the story of the first Thanksgiving and the Thanksgiving celebrations they have with their own families. Students can also easily make text-to-text and text-to-world connections.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Retelling and Summarizing with The Very First Thanksgiving Day


    This book and lesson plan are excellent for early readers who are working to retell. Most students at this level will know the Thanksgiving story. They will be able to use their prior knowledge to support the details they draw out from this historical fiction book to accurately summarize.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    Understanding Text Structure with The Very First Thanksgiving Day


    This book is an excellent choice for introducing readers to historical fiction. The simple presentation of this story will allow beginner readers to focus on the key characteristics and patterns of this text structure.
    L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.10 RL.2.4 RL.2.5 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.2 SL.2.3 W.2.8
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    The Very First Thanksgiving Day Extension Activity


    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.
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    The Very First Thanksgiving Day Running Record


    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Very First Thanksgiving Day. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.
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    Word Work

    A step by step lesson plan, interactive activity, and set of resources to help students learn about words in the context of their reading. Each package helps readers practice naming, noticing, and using specific words parts and patterns.

    The Very First Thanksgiving Day Word Work - Rhyming Words


    Make classroom reading time even more productive by using The Very First Thanksgiving Day to teach word study. This book is an excellent resource for teaching a phonics lesson about rhyming words. To access these classroom-ready lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets, download this individual Word Work package or look for them in your Super Pack.
    RF.2.3 RF.2.4
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    Vocabulary Connections

    Each package includes a list of specific vocabulary words found within the book and a set of resources to help students build their vocabulary, practice using new words, and to become more aware of new vocabulary while working and reading independently.

    The Very First Thanksgiving Day Vocabulary Connections


    Are your students familiar with new vocabulary used in The Very First Thanksgiving Day? Download this Vocabulary Builder for fun resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth. If you download this book’s Super Pack, these resources are all included.
    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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