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Friday, November 21, 2014

6 Seconds to Be Thankful

Growing up we had a Thanksgiving tradition fostered by my mother. During the course of the day each person would take a slip of paper and write down what they were thankful for. The slips got folded and placed in a basket but the writer remained anonymous. Anyone attending dinner participated. At the end of the day we would each pick a slip, read it out loud to the group and then try and guess who wrote it. It was a wonderful way to gather and reflect.

Many of us ask our students to name things they are thankful for at this time of the year. I have always felt it was important to bring students back to the basics in this sometimes superficial world we live in...to remember the traditions and reasons for holidays. This year, consider helping students  create Vine videos (6 seconds each!) about what they are thankful for. I've linked the site here. Then, share them with families via email or any other means you have available to you.

I hope you so have so many things to be thankful for this year that you could never name them all.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanksgiving is Almost Here

I have been busy speaking to wonderful groups of teachers all over the country these past few weeks and lost sight that Thanksgiving is indeed, almost here. One of the ideas I share with teachers in a SMART board session I do for SDE is the idea of taking students on virtual field trips. Plimoth Plantation has one that I've linked for you here.

I also have a great book to share. It's about 2 years old and takes an entirely different and slightly more contemporary look at Thanksgiving. The good news is that besides being a great story, it's informational text, a biography in fact, about the man behind the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. The title is Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. It is a terrific story and this is the time to share it.

I hope you enjoy both with your students!