Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Three Thanksgiving Lessons You Can Do in the Next Week

Thanksgiving is just over a week away here in the U.S. Should you find yourself looking for some Thanksgiving-themed lessons to do, consider giving one of the following options a try.

Create a Thanksgiving Story Map
Where Does Your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From? is an interactive storymap that displays where eight popular Thanksgiving foods are grown and harvested in the United States. Students can create their own storymaps about Thanksgiving. An easy way to do it is to use StoryMap JS. In the following video I demonstrate how to create a storymap with StoryMap JS.

Create a Thanksgiving Traditions Flipgrid, Wakelet, or Padlet
Flipgrid makes it easy to have students record and share quick video responses to a teacher's prompts. Create a Flipgrid and ask your students to share their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. If you work quickly, you could use Flipgrid's Flipgrid Pals tool to find other classrooms to connect with to share stories of Thanksgiving traditions. Both Wakelet and Padlet will let you create a digital sticky note board to which students can add notes about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Their notes can include pictures, text, and videos.

Contribute to the 2019 Great Thanksgiving Listen
For the fifth year in a row StoryCorps is hosting The Great Thanksgiving Listen. This annual event is an effort to get families to talk and record their stories around the Thanksgiving table. The project was originally developed to get high school students to record the stories of their parents, grandparents, and other older family members. It has expanded over the years to be open to anyone who wants to participate. Students can their stories to a national collection or keep them private for just their families to enjoy.

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