Stone Soup: A Literacy & Community Unit

November 5, 2015

Do your students read Stone Soup around Thanksgiving?! I love these activities to go along with some versions of Stone Soup.
I have done this unit 4 of the 5 years I taught first grade and both my students and I L-O-V-E it!
I always complete this literacy unit the week before Thanksgiving and we tie in the relation between the holiday of giving thanks and the importance of community and helping one another. I find that these books exemplify the thoughts of coming together and helping one another. Many students can also relate the feasts shown in this book to the feasts they have themselves on Thanksgiving!


There are so many versions of the Stone Soup folk tale, but the four I choose to compare, contrast, and dive into are by the following authors:

They are each a little different, but share the same sentiments of sharing, caring, and working together for a greater good!


For each book, I included some story responses, writing prompts and read aloud lessons that we have discussed over the past few years.
The story responses touch on sequencing, inferring, vocabulary development, comparing/contrasting, and story elements. While the writing prompts are a mix of opinion and contrasting stories!
There are also a few crafts included as well a recipe and parent notes in case you want to re-create the stone soup experience for your students!
You can grab everything you need for a stone soup mini-unit by clicking the image below:

Download the preview to see a closer look at what’s included in this unit!

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