Isn't November a fast month at school? Between Election Day, parent conferences, Veterans' Day, and Thanksgiving, it's always seemed to me to be the shortest month of the school year!
On that note, it's time to prepare for teaching about Thanksgiving! This is an awesome time to do some cross-curricular teaching! Otherwise, how in the world are the little ones ever going to remember the tough vocabulary and concepts, like thankful, hardship, and adversity, no less the "everyday" words that are new to them, like Pilgrims, Mayflower, harvest, cranberries, cornucopia, feast... there are just so many!
Here's a resource that might help your first and second graders... and you! It's a collection of literacy activities for centers and small groups which will build upon your Tier 2 and 3 social studies content vocabulary.
Here's a sample freebie from the set. It's a collection of Thanksgiving riddle cards that also includes a student response sheet. I hope you'll enjoy using it with your class!