Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)

Last updated Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Author: Barbara Park
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 0606360158
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2018

Synopsis: To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, Mr. Scary's first grade class prepares a Thankful List for the school contest, but Junie B. Jones finds it hard to be grateful for squash or Tattletale May.

Note to readers:
•  This is a chapter book. Chapter 6, page 55, is a fun place to start.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What are you thankful for?
•  What are some special foods you eat during the holidays?
•  Who will you see during the holiday season?


•  Common - belonging to, or shared by two or more individuals
•  Pilgrims - a person who travels to a foreign land
•  Comment - statement that expresses an opinion about someone or something

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What is your favorite pie?
•  What kind of treats do you like to bake for the holidays?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a holiday table setting place-mat
•  Make a paper chain holiday countdown
•  Make a thankful-pie from paper plates
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!