Iowa Public Television

K-12 Connections Event
Arthur's Thanksgiving
Subject Area:
    Language Arts/Communication

Join us for a fun reading and writing session! Presenter will read Arthur's Thanksgiving by Marc Brown, present script writing ideas, show fantastic ways to publish student plays, and help students begin their own play. After the session, students take the writing started with the group back to their classroom to complete, illustrate, and perform using some of the ideas from the session.

Following the ICN session, registrants receive a complimentary Thanksgiving on Thursday and Tasting or alternate title by mail.

Teachers registering for this event agree to provide each student with the following materials:

  • a pencil
  • 1 white paper plate
  • 1 sheet of 8 1/2 by 11 plain paper

Teachers may wish to download and print a copy of the Character Book Directions from the Classroom Resources prepared and compiled by IPTV K-12 Connections staff.

Suggested Prerequisites:

Session Related Web sites:

  • PBS Arthur - Locate and print additional educational materials relating to Arthur in the classroom.
  • Children's Creative Theatre - The 'Children's Creative Theater' web site is designed to introduce the visitor to the world of children's theater. Major areas of concentration are: theater history (brief), theater terms, theater games, resources, an original skit, and a tour of a real children's theater.
  • Teaching Heart - Plays and scripts to print and read.
  • PBS Kids Zoomplayhouse - Plays and scripts to print and read.
Related Lesson Plans and Units:

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PBS Teachers - PBS Teachers offers free lesson plans, professional development and more for preK-12 educators.

Click for Applicable Standards


Classroom Resources:

The following related programs are available on IPTV's broadcast or from the AEAs: (Check The Classroom Resource ( Web site for broadcast dates and times.)

  • ARTHUR: program 110 'Arthur's Birthday' (Grade Level: PreK-3)
  • POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER: (Grade Level: PreK-2)
  • BETWEEN THE LIONS (Grade Level: PreK-2)
  • MARTHA SPEAKS (Grade Level: PreK-2)
  • WORDGIRL (Grade Level: PreK-4)
  • SUPER WHY! (Grade Level: PreK-2)

Only twelve 'interactive' sites are scheduled for each session. 'View-only' sites and videotaping are NOT available.

Sessions are provided at no cost by Iowa Public Television in collaboration with the Iowa Communications Network to PK-12 students and the adults working with or on behalf of PK-12 students in Iowa.

Sign up for the K-12 Connections eNewsletter to receive timely information regarding ICN sessions like this one.

Contact Person:
Abby Brown

(800) 532-1290 or (515) 242-4181
Offering Dates & Times: Registration Deadlines:
November 26, 2013
 Tuesday, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Audience: Grades 1-4
Friday, November 22, 2013
November 26, 2013
 Tuesday, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Audience: Grades 1-4
Friday, November 22, 2013
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