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Best of Works4Me: Thanksgiving

Quick Ideas for Celebrating the Holiday

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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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Planting “Corn”
    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.
  • 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.
  • Log Cabins
    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.
  • 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.
  • Writing 'De-Tails'
    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.
  • Thank You Acrostics
    Students in this German foreign language class write their own word puzzles; extension activities transform the puzzles into great refrigerator art.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies for all grade levels.

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