This Thanksgiving, the other language assistant at my school and I got to teach the third and fourth graders a little bit about this quintessential American holiday. I love storytelling and being silly, so of course I hammed it up quite a bit, even going so far as to draw a truly horrid and inaccurate map on the blackboard to illustrate the voyage of the Pilgrims from England to their new home in America. But despite my lack of cartography skills, I think the kids enjoyed learning a little bit about a holiday that doesn’t exist in their culture. Plus, the description of all the food we eat on this wonderful day didn’t hurt either. After listing all the pies and other dishes of amazing deliciousness, I distinctly heard more than one student exclaim, “I want to go there!”
Then, to focus the kids on what the spirit of Thanksgiving was about, we did a class brainstorming session on the board of all the different things they were thankful for. And then we made hand-turkeys!!! Some of the end products only marginally resembled the birds they were supposed to the modeled upon, but they still worked just fine as a place to write down what they were each thankful for.
|Nacho is thankful for:|
"my frands, (friends) Christmas, this school, my spader (spider)."
And of course, the turkey has an epic collar. It's only natural.
And finally, all the turkeys went up on a big poster in the downstairs hallway.
And just for kicks and giggles, here's another poster the other language assistant and I worked on to teach the kids a little bit about our lovely home state. It took a while, but it was fun!
|Isn't it beautiful??!!|