Thanksgiving is most surely one of my most favorite holidays. I love sending Thanksgiving cards and the season change that comes with it. I think mostly just because of the warm memories associated with it. Family, friends and of coarse, great food. When speaking to the students at my former school, I admit, I was shocked to hear that not every Thanksgiving was like the ones I have enjoyed. I guess it was my naive, living in a bubble mentality shining through. Even the staff luncheon was a far cry from the regular foods I was used to on Thanksgiving. I'm glad to be back in Michigan, close to my mom and dad, where I know Thanksgiving will be reminiscent of the celebrations of my youth. Oh, and let's not forget the Fudge appetizers. (I know, it's a strange family tradition.)
Thanksgiving Lesson Plans - toddler, preschool and kindergarten
Some questions to pose to your little ones:
- What is Thanksgiving about?
- What does it mean to you and your family?
- How do you celebrate? (If at all)
- What kinds of foods do you eat?
- Where do you celebrate?
- What is the best part of Thanksgiving?
- Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?
- How did it come about that we celebrate Thanksgiving?
You can pose these questions in a large or small group. Or one on one. It might be fun to record the children's answers and post them on your bulletin board or in the room.
What do you want the children to learn from this lesson?
foods commonly associated with Thanksgiving
different ways people celebrate Thanksgiving
how do other cultures celebrate the harvest
the history of Thanksgiving
Turkey - the main event
Other common foods:
green bean casserole
peas and carrots
sweet potato pie
chocolate meringue pie
macaroni and cheese
sweet corn relish
Different ways to celebrate
going to a parade
watching a television special
shopping (black Friday)
going to a movie
day after Thanksgiving - Christmas decorating
Multicultural Harvest Celebrations:
August Moon Festival (Chinese)
Tet Trung Thu (Vietnamese)
Yam Festival (African)
The First Thanksgiving
Wikipedia - Thanksgiving
It is thought that the first Thanksgivings were held as celebrations to thank god and enjoy the wonderful bounty of food. The Pilgrims were also thankful to the Native American Indians that taught the them how to cook and survive in the New World.
While I think it is important to honor the Native Americans for their contributions to the survival of the immigrants, we should not turn our whole focus of Thanksgiving to a study of Pilgrims and Indians. Nor should the only mention of Native Americans, or Indians occur during Thanksgiving.
Please check out this great link:
Resources For Non-Native Classrooms
Books to read from Amazon.com
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
The Story of Thanksgiving
10 Fat Turkeys
Five Silly Turkeys
This First Thanksgiving Day
Thanks for Thanksgiving
The Perfect Thanksgiving
Activity Books from Amazon.com
The Thanksgiving Activity Book
We Gather Together
175 Easy-To-Do Thanksgiving Crafts
Easy-To-Do Holiday Crafts From Every...
Family Celebrations at Thanksgiving
Make It Now
Learning About Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: being thankful - preschool lesson plans
Ask the children to finish the following sentence:
I am thankful for _____________.
Write their answer on a sheet of paper then have them draw a picture of what they are thankful for.
You can also have them cut out pictures from magazines, use paint, crayons, or other items to create the artwork.
I am Thankful for my Family Art
Show your child how to make finger prints on a piece of paper. Have your child draw eyes, nose mouth and hair to create a face. Ask the children to name the people in the picture. Write the family names below each print.
I am Thankful for my Family Art 2
Ask the children to create a paper plate face of someone in their family. Have the children draw facial features onto a paper plate to make a face. Supply the children with yarn or easter grass for hair.
I am Thankful for my Family Art 3
Supply the children with non-toxic bingo dabbers. Ask the child to dab a piece of paper with the dabber a couple of times. When dry, have the child add a face to the dots. Ask the child to tell you the names of the people in the family in their picture. Label the people for them.
Ask the parents to share pictures of their family celebrating Thanksgiving. Affix the pictures to the wall at eye level with contact paper.
Have the children sit in a circle and they should have a bean bag or stuffed toy to pass around the circle. Have the children pass the item around the circle while they chant:
What am I thankful for,
It's your turn to share with us,
1, 2, 3, 4
Whomever is holding the item when the chat is done should share what they are thankful for.
I Love My Family Because....
Have the children finish the sentence "I Love My Family Because..." Write down the children's answers and post them on a bulletin board.
Thank You Cards
Have the children make thank you cards. Have the children give the card to someone special.
Songs from Kiddiddles.com
Father, We Thank Thee
Thank You, Lord, For This New Day
Thanksgiving Fable, A
Thanksgiving is Coming, Hurray!
I am Thankful
(sung to "Where is Thumbkin?"
I am Thankful, I am Thankful
Yes I am, Yes I am
I am Thankful for my friends
I am thankful for my kin
Yes I am, Yes I am
(Explain that kin is another word for family! )
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Thankful Turkey Headbands
Have the children dictate three things they are thankful for and write those three things on pre-cut construction paper feathers. Have the children cut brown paper strips to make a headband out of. They may glue, staple or tape the headband together. Have the children add a little bit of glue to the bottom back of each feather and glue onto the headband. Finally, the turkey face can be added.
Play thankful tag, just like freeze tag. To become unfrozen, a friend has to come by and touch the frozen child and say something they are thankful for.
For younger children, just have them say something they are thankful for to be unfrozen.
On your bulletin board create a tree trunk shape with brown construction paper. Label the board (your class name) Thankful Tree). Cut out several leaf shapes from construction paper. Have the children draw what they are thankful for on the leaf, then place the child's name and what they are thankful for on the leaf. Place the leaves on the tree.
Individual Thankful Trees
Have the children tear red, orange and yellow paper to create leaves that are big enough to write on. An adult will ask the child what they are thankful for and each answer will go on a leaf. Children can tear pieces of brown paper and glue them onto a sheet of construction paper to create a stump. Then they can add their thankful leaves.
Paper Plate Thankful Wreath
Have the children cut out a variety of leaf shapes from different colors of construction paper. (for younger children you can do this step) On as many leaves as you need to, write all the things the child is thankful for. Then have the child glue the leaves onto the edge of a paper plate. In the center write "(child's name) is thankful for:".
Thankful Hand Print Tree
On your bulletin board create a tree trunk shape with brown construction paper. Label the board (your class name) Thankful Tree). Trace the children's hands onto different colors of construction paper. Have the children draw what they are thankful for on the hand shape, then place the child's name and what they are thankful for on the shape. Place the hand prints on the tree.
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Students will dictate what they are thankful for. The teach will write their responses on feather shapes construction paper. The teacher or child could cut out the feathers, depending on the ability level of the student. The child's foot is traced onto brown paper and cut out to be used as the turkey's body. The child will then glue the feathers onto a piece of paper or a paper bowl. The body is glued on top of the feathers. After the glue dries, the turkey's facial features can be drawn with a pen or marker.
Little Critter: Just So Thankful
I'm Thankful Each Day
The Most Thankful Thing
Let's Be Thankful
I can't imagine a Thanksgiving without a turkey. It's such a big part of the holiday that some people (my mom for one) call Thanksgiving Turkey Day. So no Thanksgiving Unit would be complete without a tribute to the main event, the yummy TURKEY!!!