Today, we’re going to chat about a pre-Thanksgiving activity and a free printable to make your life a little easier! I’m including activities for Pre-K, Kinder, 1st grade, and 2nd grade in this post, but I know there are a million ways to use this simple printable. The download includes both color and black and white, plus I’ve included a single sheet format and an easier to cut 2 sheet format. Also, for our writers, I’ve included a written retelling worksheet download under the 2nd grade activity.

Thanksgiving is coming and in my world, I’m thinking about lesson and activity planning for that week before kids get out of school. I don’t know about you, but in those last couple days before the break, I try to keep things easy and low prep if at all possible! Today, I have a printable that can be used so many different ways and can be as low prep as you’d like! All you need is the book “One Is a Feast For A Mouse” by Judy Cox and this free printable and you have a solid, easy activity to help get you through those last few days of the month!

Click below to download. Both black and white and color versions are included in the download.
Click the button above to download. Both black and white and color versions are included in the download.

There are so many different ways to use this printable depending on the grade level you’re teaching and how much prep time you have. Here are a few ideas:

Preschool: Use as a prewriting and fine motor supplement to the story.

  1. Read the story
  2. Offer the black and white squared printable as a coloring sheet and cutting practice.
  3. If you’d like, you can offer construction paper and glue for kids to glue down their pieces.

Kindergarten: Use as a model following and direction following exercise.

  1. Cut out the colored printable.
  2. Glue to construction paper in order:
  • Mouse
  • Pea
  • Cranberry
  • Olive
  • Carrot (under olive)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Pie
  • Turkey

3. Read the story

4. Provide your work as a model for kids

5. Have kids cut and paste their printable to match yours.

1st Grade: Use as a retelling exercise

  1. Read The Story
  2. Have kids color and cut their retelling pieces
  3. Work as a class to retell the story with our pictures, have each child glue their pieces to construction paper as you retell.

2nd Grade: Use as a retelling with written answers.

  1. Read The Story
  2. Have kids color and cut their retelling pieces
  3. Read the story again
  4. Have kids work independently to retell the story using both the printable and writing in what happened. You can download the multipage retelling sheet here:

Hopefully this takes a little bit of those crazy days burden off your plate! Have a great week and a fabulous November!