Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources
Author: Dav Pilkey

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plans and Fun Activities

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plans for Elementary School Teachers

This page contains Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving teaching
resources and fun activities for your elementary school students.


Twas the Night Before ThanksgivingLesson Plans, Activities, and Fun Projects for Students, Dav Pilkey

Above: Example of Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Book Report Project Turkey Templates
(These Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving lesson plans can be found later on this page.)






Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving:
Summary and Review of the Book

blue bullet point If you are looking for a humorous and engaging book to read to your students prior to Thanksgiving, Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving will captivate your students with its lively text and bright illustrations.

blue bullet pointThis cute rhythmic picture book was written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey, who is best known for his series of Captain Underpants books.

blue bullet point Your elementary school students will giggle as they listen to you read this funny Thanksgiving story that is a parody of the classic Christmas tale Twas the Night Before Christmas. Most children are familiar with Clement Morre's famous Christmas story, Twas the Night Before Christmas, about Santa Claus and his eight reindeer on Christmas Eve.

blue bullet point Dav Pilkey twists his story into a delightful tale of eight boys and girls that take a field trip to a turkey farm where they meet Farmer Mack Nugget and his eight turkeys on the day before Thanksgiving.

Fun activities, projects, and lesson plans for Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving blue bullet point The boys and girls are having a wonderful time on their field trip until they find out what is going to happen to Farmer Nugget's 8 turkeys. When the children learn about the fate of the turkeys, they devise a plan to save Ollie, Stanley, Larry, Moe, Wally, Beaver, Shemp, and Groucho. In a clever and humorous ending, the children stuff their feathered friends under their shirts and head for home filled with "hot turkey stuffing".

blue bullet point Kids and adults will enjoy the word-play and humorous illustrations in Dav Pilkey's wacky Thanksgiving tale that has become one of the most popular Thanksgiving books of all time.

Thanksgiving Turkey Holding Knife and Fork blue bullet point Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving was rejected 23 times before it was accepted by Orchard Books, which is a good lesson on never giving up on your dreams. At one point, Dav Pilkey was so discouraged by all of the rejection letters he received, he almost quit writing children's books altogether. Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving has become the third largest selling picture book in Orchard Books' history.

blue bullet point In addition to the detailed lesson plans that you will find later on this page, below is a short list of some other Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving activities that you may want to include in your lesson plans:

    Turkey Eat Pork Sign
  • Write a T.U.R.K.E.Y. acrostic poem.
  • Have your students complete a journal entry for the topic "My Pet Turkey."
  • "Eat More _____ !" Have your students pretend that they are a turkey and design a Thanksgiving poster for people to eat another kind of food for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Write a "Twas the Night Before _____" poem for another holiday.
  • Pretend that you are a turkey who has a Twitter account and you love to tweet. Write a clever tweet recommending that other turkeys read this story.

blue bullet point Below you will find the Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving lesson plans that I created for this delightful Thanksgiving read aloud book. I hope that your students gobble up completing the fun turkey project that I have created specifically for this book.


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Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Activities and Project Templates Dav Pilkey

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Book Report Project Templates
Fun Lesson Plan Activities for Elementary School Students

Author: Dav Pilkey


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Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Fun Book Report Projects and Templates

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Activities: Example of Turkey Project Templates


Happy Thanksgiving Turkey blue bullet point Your students will gobble up completing this fun book report project that requires them to write about Farmer Mack Nuggett and the problem and solution of the story. For a grammar activity, students find rhyming word pairs, colorful adjectives, and vivid verbs in Dav Pilkey's story.

blue bullet point This uniquely shaped book report project contains 2 worksheet templates (shown above) that assemble into the shape of a turkey.

blue bullet point This set of Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving teaching resources includes the following:

  • directions worksheet
  • grading rubric
  • first draft bus worksheet (rhyming word pairs, colorful adjectives, and vivid verbs)
  • first draft barn worksheet (Farmer Mack Nuggett, problem, and solution)
  • final draft black and white turkey templates
  • final draft color turkey templates (shown above)
  • 5 page bulletin board display banner (shown above)

Happy Turkey Day Thanksgiving Graphic blue bullet point A book report grading rubric is included in this set of teaching resources. I believe that it is important for students to evaluate their own work, so my grading rubric contains an assessment section for both students and teachers.

blue bullet point When students evaluate their book report projects, they color in the faces on their grading rubric worksheets. When a teacher evaluates the projects, the teacher circles the small numbers inside each box on the printable worksheets.

blue bullet point Below are examples of the directions worksheet and the grading rubric that are included in this set of teaching resources.

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Directions and Grading Rubric

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plans: Teacher Directions Worksheet and Grading Rubric


Turkey Waving Hand blue bullet point I believe that the writing process is important and that teachers should use process writing whenever possible. For this reason, my students never begin their projects by writing on their final draft turkey templates, instead they write on first draft worksheets.

blue bullet point Next, my students edit and revise their written work on their own, with a partner, or in individual writing conferences with me.

blue bullet point This set of teaching resources contains two printable worksheets for students to write their first drafts on. The writing line spaces on these first draft worksheets matches the spaces allotted on the final draft turkey templates.

blue bullet point On the first worksheet, students write down the rhyming words, adjectives, and verbs that they hear in the story. I chose a bus shape for this first draft worksheet because the students ride on a bus to and from the farm.


Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Bus Writing Template

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plans: First Draft Bus Worksheets

blue bullet point On the second worksheet, students write a character description for Farmer Mack Nuggett, and the problem and solution. I chose a barn shape for this worksheet because the students visit a farm on their field trip.


Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Barn First Draft

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plans: First Draft Barn Worksheets

blue bullet point Students use the information that they have written on their first draft bus and barn worksheets to complete the writing sections in their final draft turkey templates.

blue bullet point This set of teaching resources includes 2 worksheet templates that are cut out and then glued together to form a turkey.


Final Draft Turkey Templates

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plans: Black and White Turkey Templates


Smiling Turkey Graphic blue bullet point When I am first introducing my students to a new project, I believe that it is important for them to have a visual example of what the completed project will look like.

blue bullet point To save you time in coloring your example that you show to your students, I have included color turkey templates in this set of teaching resources. I display my assembled example at the front of the classroom so that students can refer to it as they are completing their own projects.


Turkey Final Draft Color Templates

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plans: Color Turkey Templates


Happy Turkey Day Thanksgiving Sign blue bullet point I know that it takes teachers a lot of time to design and assemble their classroom and hallway bulletin board displays.

blue bullet point Many teachers spend their valuable time cutting out large display letters or making a banner at home on their own computers.

blue bullet point In order to help save you time in assembling a bulletin board display featuring your students' Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving projects, I have designed a 5 page banner that is included for free in this set of teaching resources.


Below: Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Book Report Project Banner

Free Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Teaching Resources and Bulletin Board Display Banner

(5 printable worksheets that are glued together to form a bulletin board display banner.)


I hope that your students have fun completing these unique project activities
based on the book Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving written by Dav Pilkey.


Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Activities and Project Templates Dav Pilkey

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving Lesson Plans

Author: Dav Pilkey


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