Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Works for me Wednesday: November Backwards day

Today is the first Wednesday of the month and so instead of sharing something that works for me, I get to ask my readers for help in an area I am floundering in. Thanks to all of you that left comments the last time we did this.

Today I'd like to ask for suggestions and links to Thanksgiving related classroom ideas. I am meeting with the elementary English teacher (hopefully) next week and am going to ask if I may be allowed to come into the classrooms to present and explain the American holiday of Thanksgiving Day. They are jumping all over the whole Halloween thing here in Spain, and I would sure love to see a presentation of a bit more "wholesome" holiday from our side of the Atlantic. I plan to offer a short presentation of the history of the holiday, explanation of a typical modern-day Thanksgiving celebration, and if time allows have a time where each student comes up with something they are thankful for and I translate into English to give them some new vocabulary (like: family, pet, toys, health, etc.) I could also bring various coloring papers with various Thanksgiving related scenes. I would love to bring an item or two of food for tasting. I was thinking of cranberry juice (I have found it here and could give each child a teeny amount in a dixie cup).
This is what I need:
1. Any links to free printable coloring pages.
2. Ideas of other food items that I could make and then cut or divide into bitesize tastes.
3. Any other ideas you have that I may not have thought of yet.

Thank you in advance.

Oh, and if you're feeling especially helpful, head on over to Shannon's Works-for-me-Wednesday page and see what others are asking about.

5 comments:

The SC Elwarts said...

http://holidays.kaboose.com/thanks-printables.html

http://www.coloringpages.net/thanksgiving.html

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/mthanksgivingposter.html

http://www.coloring.ws/thanksgiving.html

Those are just some of the Thanksgiving coloring pages

AutumnFawn said...

For home schooling lessons on Thanksgiving I have used www.pilgrims.net/plymouth/thanksgiving.htm and also www.wilstar.com/holidays/thankstr.htm. Hopefully the info is still there.

I used to use www.first-school.ws for various coloring pages.

queenoftheclick said...

I'm a teacher in NY!

Some great printables and lessons:


http://atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Thanksgiving/


Here in NY, teachers will ask families to make parts of the Thanksgiving meal and all the students will share in a meal.


For bite size treats, how about making mini pumpkin pies

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20071024/NEWS/710240305/1028/YOURLIFE


or maybe a tray of candied yams?

texastanya said...

Maybe a bit of corn on a dixie cup? After all, we learned the Native Americans helped the first settlers by sharing and teaching them to plant corn! :)

tonsofsons said...

http://tonsofsons.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/last-day-of-fall-links-thanksgiving-links/

This day was my Thanksgiving day links. You also might want to check out the other Fall Link days. Homeschool and Arts n crafts might be helpful.