Best of Works4Me: Thanksgiving
Quick Ideas for Celebrating the Holiday
Works4Me is a weekly e-newsletter, showcasing practical classroom tips written and submitted by the readers themselves. Below are a few of our favorites related to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Giving at Thanksgiving
This arts and crafts project doubles as a community service project, helping students learn about Native Americans and the spirit of giving.
With this creative, Thanksgiving-themed writing activity, Ms. Hurd uses a large, paper cutout of a turkey to illustrate how the main idea and support details work together.
Thanksgiving Service Project
Ms. Roker’s students enjoy a class party each year during Thanksgiving, but they must learn the value and satisfaction of giving prior to receiving the party.
This fun arts and crafts project for young children shows them how to make a log cabin with common items found at home and school.
Thank You Acrostics
Students in this German foreign language class write their own word puzzles; extension activities transform the puzzles into great refrigerator art.
Notes of Thanks
This letter writing activity embraces the spirit of Thanksgiving, but it’s also appropriate for other occasions – or no occasion at all.
Students Prepare a Thanksgiving Feast for Their Parents
Ms. Wilson’s project-based learning activity incorporates science, social studies and math activities, plus a field trip to the store. Kids have fun learning, and parents reap the rewards.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
This community service project engages the entire class in helping others. Extension activities focus on arts and crafts projects that beautify your classroom.
Getting in the Spirit of Thanksgiving
Ms. Blanton uses a variety of activities (creative writing, historical research, a classroom cookbook) to help her students get into the spirit of the holiday.
This fun – and tasty! – activity helps young students better understand how Native Americans helped the Pilgrims grow crops.
Bulletin Board with Thanksgiving Theme
Ms. Brasesco has an easy, inexpensive tip for decorating your classroom bulletin board with a Thanksgiving theme.
Giving Thanks Essay
This writing activity centers on the theme of giving thanks, emphasizes the writing process, and allows students the freedom to express their own personal thoughts and experiences.