With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to bring out our fun themed writing centers! These writing centers are all about foods at Thanksgiving and are relatable to many students, especially if you are looking for more casual Thanksgiving activities for kids in the classroom.
*Grab these on their own (below) or in our Writing Centers for the Year pack!
Fun Thanksgiving Writing Centers
One of my favorite things about our writing centers is that once kids learn the routines for them, they can do them fairly independently.
As in, I can give instructions early in the year, and then all year long as I change out writing centers, I am not having to reteach routines – that’s a win!
Kids will work on a variety of Thanksgiving writing centers with the following vocabulary words: pumpkin pie, cornucopia, pumpkin, turkey, corn, potatoes, cranberries, and roll
The vocabulary cards come 4 to a page (8 words total) and are a great size to accompany all the activities. I cut these and laminate them before adding them to the writing center.
I also laminate the dry erase writing strips. This lets kids write and wipe the word over and over again.
An alternative would be to place them as whole sheets inside dry erase pockets and let kids record the words that way.
We also use the vocabulary cards to complete a “Write It!” book. This can be put in the writing center or used as a whole class activity if you have the word cards in a pocket chart or displayed in the room.
They write the words in their neatest handwriting and color the pictures.
My kids favorite writing center is probably “Write It!” which acts as a write the room activity. You can place the cards around the room and they hunt to find them and record the words.
You can also place them in a bin at the table for them to pick from and record – they love it either way!
Trace and Paste is a great small group activity or also works whole class. They trace over Thanksgiving food words and then color, cut, and paste the pictures to match.
Our story books are always fun as a continued project to take home after completion. You can use single pages at a time if you want to display their writing on a bulletin board, or you can print the whole book double sided and let them work on their stories over time.
Kids can either copy the word multiple times (great for early learners not yet writing their own stories and for handwriting practice) or they can write a sentence or two about the picture, using phonetic spelling.
It’s also fun to complete a page as a class and form some sentences together.
There are tons of fun Thanksgiving writing activities in this pack!
All the colored pages also come in black and white to save you ink if you wish.
Grab the centers below and have writing centers fully done and ready to go for you and your class this Thanksgiving!