Monday, November 16, 2015

What Was the First Thanksgiving Reading Freebies- Must Read Mentor Text

Today's Must Read Mentor Text is just in time for Turkey Day! It's titled What Was the First Thanksgiving? by Joan Holub.
This chapter book is a simple and engaging way to teach your students about the First Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims, and life on the Mayflower. I love using it as a read aloud in my classroom the weeks before Thanksgiving or during our Colonial America unit. I've also used it in small groups. The students LOVE it because it is written in a way that is easy to understand, and the illustrations and photographs aid in their comprehension of the text. Even struggling students and reluctant readers enjoy it and are able to participate. 

The book is broken up into 11 short chapters (105 pages total). If you don't have time to read the whole book, you can just read aloud (or have students read) certain pages or chapters that apply to what you are teaching. :)

We've made some Reading FREEBIES that you can use with your students as you move through the book! Students can complete these as you read the text aloud, or you can put the book at a center for students to refer to as they are working on the Reading sheets. Click here or just click the images below to download these FREEBIES in out TpT store.

Also, within the chapters there are extra informational pieces to give additional background to the students. These pages are perfect for close reading!
The book contains illustrations in each chapter, but also has great photographs too!

We hope that you and your students enjoy this book as you study about the First Thanksgiving! :)
Have a great week!


  1. I just want you to know how much I ADORE the Must Read Mentor Texts posts on Mondays! I will be quite honest, Monday is not my favorite day of the week. However, knowing a Must Read Mentor post is coming brightens my day! Thank you so much for your posts! I have found some really wonderful books to use with my students, thanks to you! Keep posting girls! ;)


  2. Hi Nicole!
    Thank you so much! You are so sweet to stop by our blog! We are so glad that you enjoy the must read mentor text posts. Yay! That makes us so happy! :) We're glad that you have found some wonderful books to use with your students.
    Thank you again! Have a great rest of your week!


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