Saturday, November 16, 2013

When Thanksgiving meets Hanukkah you get...THANKSGIVUKKAH!

This week, my team decided to use a nonfiction article for our Shared Reading lesson.  We selected an article from the website, Newsela.  This website is a great resource to use when you want current nonfiction articles for your students or to use in the classroom.

Newsela also offers:
  • The ability to build close reading and critical thinking skills.  
  • Quizzes to test reading comprehension.
  • Articles that are appropriate for a variety of reading levels.  Best of all, you can offer the same article to your class at four different levels. 
  • The ability for teachers to assign articles to students that are specific to their needs.

For our lesson, we decided to do something related to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Using Newsela, we came across this article...

How perfect to use with 4th and 5th graders.  Thanksgivukkah is the celebration of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah that will be occurring on the same day this year.  This will not occur again for nearly another 80,000 years.  After reading the article, my students had the chance to write a response as to why they believe that Thanksgivukkah is a once in a lifetime experience.  From the menurkey (turkey menorah) to the discussion of the true date of celebration, this article was packed with excitement that my students loved!

Be sure to check out Newsela and read more about Thanksgivukkah!


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