Showing posts with label Happy Thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Happy Thanksgiving. Show all posts

Thursday, November 22, 2018

You Can Get Anything You Want... Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Somewhere in the last 50 years it became a tradition that classic rock stations play Alice's Restaurant Massacree at noon on Thanksgiving Day. And it has become a tradition for the last ten years that I post a video of Alice's Restaurant Massacree here on Free Technology for Teachers. If you search for the song on Wolfram Alpha you will find a chart of Wikipedia traffic for the search term "Alice's Restaurant." So the question/ cultural history lesson for students is "why do people search for that term around Thanksgiving?"

Happy listening! Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating the holiday today or this weekend.  I hope that it is the best Thanksgiving ever! I'll be celebrating with my family in Connecticut. One of our traditions that goes back for 30+ years is watching the Manchester Road Race. Another tradition is listening to Alice's Restaurant Masacree. And here it is for your listening pleasure...


Regular blog posts will resume tomorrow.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Musical Thanksgiving Tradition

It's 12pm on the east coast. This is the time that many radio stations play Arlo Guthrie's classic song, Alice's Restaurant. The story of the song can be found here and here. Happy listening!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving - Happy Listening

Happy Thanksgiving!
If you're celebrating Thanksgiving today, I hope you have a great day with friends and family. One of the Thanksgiving traditions that I have is listening to Alice's Restaurant. Here it is in illustrated form.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Good morning from my hometown of Manchester, Connecticut. This morning I'm going to watch the Manchester Road Race with the same childhood friends that I've been watching the race with for 25+ years. That's my favorite Thanksgiving tradition. I hope that all of you who are celebrating Thanksgiving today have a wonderful time with your friends and family. Last night I shot a little video (the video is posted below)through the YouTube uploader just to say thank you to everyone who has supported Free Technology for Teachers over the years. Today, is the 6th anniversary of my first post here.


And just for fun, here's another American Thanksgiving tradition, have a listen to Alice's Restaurant. Here's a little history of the song.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Before Plymouth, a History of Thanksgiving, and Thanksgivings Compared

By this time next Thursday many Americans will be plopped in front of a television, watching football, and or napping after eating Thanksgiving turkey. Last Friday I shared a short list of Thanksgiving lesson materials. Here are three videos that you might want to consider showing to students too. These videos are geared toward the middle school and high school ages.

When Is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America is an episode in John Green's Crash Course on US History. The video starts with the history of Jamestown before moving onto Plymouth. Green does a good job of illustrating the differences between why and how each colony was established. This is video is suitable for high school students, but Green's use of sarcasm (which I actually like) and the details would probably be lost on middle school students.


The History Channel's History of Thanksgiving provides a short overview of the history of American Thanksgiving. This video is suitable for middle school students.



And now just for fun here's a video that explains the differences between American and Canadian Thanksgiving. This video is appropriate for high school students. (I would stop it before the credits roll at the end).


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year I'm celebrating two Thanksgivings! I enjoyed my first Canadian Thanksgiving in October and today I'll be celebrating American Thanksgiving with friends and family in my home state of Connecticut. I have two Thanksgiving traditions. First, 25 of the last 27 years I've watched the Manchester Road Race in the same spot with the same friends. Second, after the race I always listen to Alice's Restaurant on the radio. I'd like to share that tradition with you. What are your Thanksgiving traditions? Please leave a comment.

Happy Thanksgiving!