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5 November Activities that are Perfect for 2nd Grade

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Looking for some fun and engaging ideas to fill your lesson plans this November? I’ve got you!! Today, I’m sharing five of my favorite activities for the month of November that are perfect for 2nd grade!

1. Find the Perfect Book for November

Must Read books for the month of November- Love all these diverse selections! TheAppliciousTeacher.com

Not sure where to start when it comes to planning an amazing month of learning? Well… I always like to start with some good books for inspiration. Head over to this post to see some books that are perfect to read for the month of November!

Click here to see my favorite November must-reads that are just perfect for 2nd grade!

2. Turk and Runt Beyond the Text Reading Activities

Thanskgiving activities for 2nd grade

One of my favorite books for November is Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy by Lisa WheelerIf you haven’t had a chance to read this book, you need to seriously RUN to grab it! It’s humorous and fun… just perfect for a read aloud around Thanksgiving, but also the perfect backdrop for a close read! Check out some of my favorite Turk and Runt Beyond the Text Reading Activities here.

Check out all the amazing learning that can happenign with this one book! Did I mention there’s digital student activities included in this unit? Yeah for having your distance learning lessons planned!

3. No Turkey for Thanksgiving Persuasive Writing Activity

I LOVE this persuasive essay writing activity for November. Designed to be a responding-to-text activity for the book, Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, this writing project inspires students to write a persuasive essay to their families on having something other than turkey for Thanksgiving! Although this activity is inspired by the book, it is not needed to complete this fun writing project!

No turkey for thanksgiving persuasive writing

Check out this post to see how to inspire your little turkeys to write this perfect for Thanksgiving persuasive writing piece!

4. Native Americans Reading Comprehension Mini-Lesson for Distance Learning

November is Native American Month and it’s the perfect time to teach your students about the amazing Native American tribes that inhabited our country before European settlers and celebrate the cultures of the Native American Nations that remain today.

first american activities 2nd grade

This digital mini-lesson is ideal for your distance classroom, and is a great way to build reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency, all while learning more about the first Americans – Native Americans! Use it to supplement your 2nd grade social studies curriculum, as part of small group instruction, or as a content area-driven reading activity this month!

5. “Falling into Strong Words” Vocabulary Building Exercise

Our last activity is all about celebrating the seaso. November is the perfect time to celebrate fall!

Check out this fun activity I did with my kiddos in November to get them thinking about using vivid, strong words to describe fall! It pairs really well with the persuasive essay activity I shared above as well because they can pull from their new vocabulary while writing!

What is your favorite activity to do with your students in November? Have you incorporated any of these activities and ideas into your November lessons? Let me know in the comments!

Hi, I'm Leigh.

The Applicious Teacher is all about creating hands-on and engaging lessons that align with the standards while still having time for your life. This is your place for ideas, tips, and resources for the REAL teacher!


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