Thanksgiving is a great time to get students learning about citizenship and teamwork. Expert trainer, Shelly Sanchez Terrell, discusses what you need to know about bringing Thanksgiving to your classroom in her training video 10 Thanksgiving Activities to Engage Learners.
Below is advice from Shelly’s training session that we wanted to share with you. If you are a member of the Teacher Learning Community, you can watch Shelly’s teacher training now to earn your CEUs.
Thanksgiving activities help students learn about…
Culture, assimilation, history, nature, peace, collaboration, farming and more!
Thanksgiving can also be a great time to teach students about other cultures and to spark their creativity! Let’s discover fun learning activities associated with the holiday.
Why Not Retell The Thanksgiving Story…
Students love to learn with storytelling. A fun activity that we have seen as a favorite classroom project is a play. The class participates as various characters from the history of Thanksgiving. For the little learners, finger puppets can be a great way to tell a story. Shy students tend to love puppets for storytelling or answering questions. Digital storytelling is increasing in popularity in many classrooms. A great Thanksgiving activity could be to create a digital story. In Shelly’s video, she recommends tools such as Storybird, Zooburst & Little Bird Tales to create digital stories with ease.
Try These Thanksgiving Activity Writing Prompts…
- Research a person who took part in the event, and retell the story from their viewpoint.
- Foretell what life would be like without Thanksgiving.
- Describe how you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family.
- Write a story about unlikely friendships.
…Or Go On A Native American Nature Walk
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to introduce students on a nature hike and talk about how Native Americans used to live off the land. During the walk, your students can collect leaves, sticks, rocks & make a memory book. A great digital option would be asking your students take photos & create an online story or memory book.
We suggest using one of these free tech tools to get started with your Thanksgiving activities.
Share these Thanksgiving Activities with a teacher friend and leave your ideas in a comment below.
One of our members wrote this about Shelly’s Thanksgiving activity video inside the Teacher Learning Community:
About Teacher Training Expert
Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and author. She has been recognized by various notable entities, such as the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education, as a leader and visionary for teacher-driven professional development, education technology, elearning, and mobile learning. She is the co-founder of the #Edchat movement, the Reform Symposium Global E-Conference, and The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 100 countries.