October 17, 2002
When I taught in a self-contained classroom, my students prepared and served a Thanksgiving lunch for their parents. The cafeteria staff cooked the turkeys for us, but the students and I prepared everything else. For science lessons we studied nutrition, for social studies we examined different harvest festivals around the world, for math the lessons involved consumer math, etc. The students had to make a budget to buy all the food based on money I had from a grant. We went to the store to purchase the food. The students made the centerpieces and decorations and had to write invitations to their family members. Each child could invite two people. The students also wrote an additional invitation to one staff member they wanted to join us for lunch. The families and staff members really enjoyed this lunch and my students are still talking about it three years later.