Help your students understand the history of Thanksgiving and some fun facts about Mr. Gobble Gobble while doing math fun!
Encourage them to wear a Thanksgiving related hat – whether a turkey, food, pilgrim or football theme.
Wear Thanksgiving colors to school.
Read books about gratitude and Thanksgiving. Book suggestions below.
Below are some favorites for teachers and students! If you do not see any images refresh your browser.
Write in a gratitude journal.
Draw a picture of what they are thankful for in their life.
Simple and sweet, the narrator thanks nature for all it provides. It is a beautiful book to share with children the important correlation between the things nature provides and expressing gratitude for these gifts. A natural for Thanksgiving.
All alone in his cave, Bear listens to the wind. He is bored, bored, bored and he misses his friends. He decides to make a feast that he can share. It’s a cute HOME ALONE twist!
It’s Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. Gavin expectations are low. Rhonda has a different idea: make a break for it — out of the kids’ room to the swing set in the backyard! Whether or not your students celebrate Thanksgiving, they’ll likely relate to this hilarious look at what it means to be a kid at a large family gathering.
CLASSIC! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady makes a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities. With its theme of feasting-gone-wild, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving treat that will remain fresh all year long.
Giving Thanks: More Than 100 Ways to Say Thank You by Ellen Surrey
Find one hundred ways to say thank you with this book, which explores the meaning of thankfulness. Give a hug or share toys. This book is lovely. Join one boy as he thinks about the people in his life he’d like to thank, the many reasons to be grateful, and the different ways of showing affection and gratitude to the people we love.
Share a classic. A large print, novelette version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, originally published in 1843. Included are black and white illustrations by John Leech and various Victorian authors. Perfect for children or adults who enjoy shorter Christmas classics. This shorter version is a good length for keeping short attention spans interested.
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Thanksgiving: With Turkey, Family, and Counting Blessings by Deborah Heiligman (Grades K–5)
Easy rhyming to introduce a history of the holiday, its connection to the National Day of Mourning, and how diverse families celebrate today.