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Thanksgiving Food Drive

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Each year, around Thanksgiving, I teach a lesson about helping others and how important it is to give to other people in the community who cannot provide for themselves. I ask students’ families to send non-perishable food items that we can give to the needy through a local organization. I have always felt it is important for the kids to know what they have donated individually and to see how much there is collectively when we all donate.

I have had the children draw pictures of their canned goods and put them on a bulletin board. However, this year, I used a six-foot tall wooden cut-out of a tree that I have in my classroom and hung the actual canned goods and other food from its branches. We call the tree “Our Giving Tree” and it is such a visual, concrete way for the students to see what a contribution they are making.



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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.