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Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Seven Spools Of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of cooperation and compassion, this Seven Spools Of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story picture book by Angela Shelf Medearis is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with Seven Spools Of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Seven Spools Of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Seven Spools Of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

SEVEN SPOOLS OF THREAD: A KWANZAA STORY SUMMARY

The book Seven Spools of Thread is a folktale that takes place in Ghana. There are seven brothers that live in a village and they argue day and night. When their father passes away, the village Chief tells them that their father has left them his inheritance. However, in order to receive it they must do two things: turn seven spools of thread into gold, and do so without arguing. The brothers return home and come up with a plan together. Eventually, they decide to try creating something with the thread to sell in exchange for gold. The brothers create a colorful fabric, which is different than the single colored fabric in their village. A treasurer for the King gives the brothers gold for the fabric and they earn the inheritance. The brothers show compassion to their village by teaching others to turn thread into gold.

The seven threads in this story symbolize the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

SEVEN SPOOLS OF THREAD: A KWANZAA STORY LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Seven Spools Of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Seven Spools Of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • comparing and contrasting
  • analyzing setting
  • plot (problem-solution)
  • sequencing
  • cause and effect
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • cooperation
  • compassion

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • prefixes
  • suffixes
  • adverbs
  • apostrophe

SEVEN SPOOLS OF THREAD: A KWANZAA STORY ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Seven Spools of Thread book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Seven Spools Of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story?

  • Lexile® Measure: 610L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 30
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.9

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Angela Shelf Medearis. It was illustrated by Daniel Minter.

What genre is Seven Spools Of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 40 pages long.

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