Saturday, October 15, 2016

Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' {Books Teachers Love Series}

It's coming! Whether you are ready or not! November is right around the corner! It's hard to be believe we are already nearing the end of 2016! This girl has no complaints though! November brings lots of holidays and fall favorite!

November is also the time for some fun read alouds! As an intervention teacher, I don't always incorporate read alouds, solely because in my 35 minute blocks, I am already stretched to squeeze in everything else. But, read alouds do have a place in an intervention block and I try to include of few of my favorites when I can.

One of those favorites is Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' by Eileen Spinelli. It's a book my teachers read to me as a child. Maybe that's part of the reason I love it so much! So, when I was asked to join in for the Books Teachers Love series this month, I couldn't say no!

Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' is a story of the unexpected events that lead up to the Thanksgiving meal. (Sounds a lot like all my family gatherings!) In this book, the family was hoping for a typical holiday meal, but it turns out that Thanksgiving is nothing like they thought it would be! The book ends with a lesson from Grandmother Tappleton that "there is more to Thanksgiving than a turkey and trimmings."

This book is entertaining and offers great opportunities for students to make predictions, as well as work on sequencing and cause and effect.

Students always like making predictions! Especially when their predictions turn out to be correct! After we read about how the turkey slithered away into the pond, the incident at the bakery with Mr. Tappleton, and how Kenny fed all the vegetables to the rabbits in Mr. Butterworth's class, we stop reading to make predictions about what will happen in the rest of the story. Students share their thinking about whether the Thanksgiving dinner will be ruined, or if the meal will still be a success!

{This is the page I stop at!}

 Every year, I always get a new prediction that makes me laugh. The students really get creative and really enjoy imagining what might happen in the rest of the story.

We use this writing paper when sharing out predictions. You can grab this FREE WRITING PAPER by clicking HERE!

Grab your freebie, then be sure to enter our giveaway for your chance to WIN 4 of the November read aloud books in the Books Teachers Love series!


Find more great read alouds for the month of November now!
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