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 a picture from long ago, but the one above (found in the freebie) is a bit more up to date.
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 resources! I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!!
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