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Gobble Up Some Thanksgiving Fun
I love Thanksgiving! It is the first major break since the start of the year and the time after always rushes right up to the next longest break- Christmas! Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my little third graders, but I enjoy the holidays and my family the most. I also enjoy having a relaxing break from all the work teachers do!
I wanted to share quickly the few things I do for Thanksgiving each year.
One of the first things I do each year is I provide students with a reading piece (found here for free download) about the Pilgrims coming to America on the Mayflower and overcoming a harsh winter by meeting Squanto. I have the students read this piece and together we discuss the cause and effects. I like to have my students create a Mayflower boat and attach post it notes to the sails with their cause and effect attached. Here is picture from long ago, but the one above (found in the freebie) is a bit more up to date.
Another activity I like to do is read the book, The First Thanksgiving and afterwards discuss summarizing with students. We discuss the main events that lead up to the first Thanksgiving and together create Fingerprint Storyboards. We use our fingerprints on an ink pad (although in the past I have found that simply coloring on our fingers with a marker and immediately applying it worked well too!) to create the bodies of the Pilgrims and Native Americans. We then add a bit of color and some dialogue boxes (though next year, I may just do a quick caption underneath the pictures instead). Here is what it looks like–
We also make Indian Corn. This is not my idea, but rather a colleague. This makes a beautiful display in the hallway and it’s fun. Students simply cut out small squares and glue them on a corn pattern next to one another. I found that if they are not overlapping, but instead spaced apart, it looks better. The bow is made simply from crape paper. I have included a close up of one.
Finally, a very special thank you for reading my blog and checking into my products! I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!!
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