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 want to quickly share a few things I do for Thanksgiving each year.
One of the first things I do each year is 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 my students read this piece and together we discuss the causes and effects. I like to have my students create a Mayflower boat and attach post-it notes to the sails with their causes and effects 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’s. 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 crepe paper. I have included a close up of one.
Finally, I want to give a very special thank you to you for reading my blog and checking into my resources! I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!!
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The Nitty Gritty:
- I like to have my students participate in some fun and educational Thanksgiving activities prior to break.
- The cause and effect activity about the Pilgrims and Mayflower is one such activity that my students enjoy. They read a passage and we discuss the causes and effects. Students then create Mayflower boats and attach their cause and effect post-it notes to the sails.
- We also enjoy making Indian corn displays for our hallway. Students cut out small squares of construction paper and glue them to the corn pattern. We use crepe paper to make a bow. This is fun and pretty!
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