Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.
- Use Thanksgiving vocabulary appropriately
- Make a statement of thankfulness
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
- Cranberry sauce
- Green bean casserole
- Macaroni and cheese
- Mashed potatoes
- Pumpkin pie
- Sets of printed pictures of Thanksgiving food (one set per student)
- Text about Thanksgiving (See 'Read Aloud' activity for suggestions.)
- Sentence strips (one per student)
- Paper plates
- Glue sticks
- Gather the students for a read aloud. Here are some suggestions for texts:
- 'The Story of the First Thanksgiving' by Don Bolognese and Elaine Raphael
- 'The Thanksgiving Story' by Alice Dalgliesh
- 'Thanksgiving Is…' by Gail Gibbon
- After reading the story, engage the students in a discussion with the following questions:
- Why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?
- What was the first Thanksgiving like?
- How is Thanksgiving similar to other holidays?
- Ask students to turn and talk about what it means to be thankful.
- Students will share responses. Explain that being thankful means that you are grateful for something or someone in your life.
- Distribute sentence strips to students.
- Write on the board, 'I am thankful for….'
- Have students use this sentence starter to write what they are thankful for.
- Have students sit in a circle for a 'Gratitude Wave.' One student will read his or her sentence strip immediately followed by the student next to them. This will continue until each student has read what they are thankful for. Do not pause to react or respond.
- After students have all shared, ask the following questions:
- What common themes did you notice about what we are thankful for?
- Did someone else's sentence remind you of anything else you are thankful for?
- Why is it important to give thanks?
Fill Your Plate
- Distribute sets of pictures of Thanksgiving foods to students.
- Go through each picture and write its name on the board. Talk about what this food tastes like. Discuss any prior experiences students have had with the food.
- Distribute paper plates, glue sticks and scissors to students. Explain that they are going to create their ideal Thanksgiving plate. They will glue what they would eat on their plate and label each food.
- If time allows, students can share their plates with the class.
- Cook and serve a Thanksgiving feast as a class.
- Create Thanksgiving decorations and centerpieces, like cornucopias.
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