Getting Ready for Turkey Day!
Today I have two fun activities that can be easily
incorporated into your Thanksgiving curriculum sessions!
OUR THANKSGIVING TABLE
First is a language-based lesson that talks all about
"What We Eat On Thanksgiving Day!" Using boardmaker pictures, I put together a
sentence strip that reads, "I EAT ____ ON
THANKSGIVING DAY," and chose seven
popular foods that are traditionally served on the holiday.
The foods include:
cranberry sauce, corn, peas, turkey, mashed potatoes, pie and muffins.
The activity went as
follows: The children were told to come up and pick a food picture out of the
basket. Then they needed to say the sentence by putting the food choice on the
blank space on the sentence strip. Using both their finger and their words,
they needed to say "I EAT (corn) ON THANKSGIVING," etc. (see below).
Finally, they needed to
place the food they picked on the laminated paper "Thanksgiving table" I made
We did the entire activity
as a group first and then the children were given their own individual "thanksgiving
table," food pictures and sentence strip to help them recreate the activity.
This gave them something to take home with them, as well as give them something
concrete to help them use their words at home and
hopefully at the real Thanksgiving table next Thursday!
OUR OWN THANKSGIVING FEAST
In addition to talking
about Thanksgiving day, we are also re-enacting the actual first Thanksgiving
day with our two preschool classrooms! One classroom will be making their own pilgrims
hats and the other will of course be making their own Native American headdresses.
For this special occasion,
both classrooms will be feasting together!
In addition, what would a
Thanksgiving day feast be without some turkey? Yes, one of our overly generous
and dedicated professionals will actually be making a turkey, stuffing and all,
for our preschool classrooms! We have asked parents to donate some Thanksgiving-ish
foods, such as the ones mentioned above in our first activity and all of our
teachers and therapists are bringing various side dishes, appetizers and
desserts as well, all in the spirit of giving!
Some of the delicious fall
foods on our menu include: corn, pumpkin muffins, cranberry jelly, cranberry
sauce, cinnamon cream cheese and pears, rolls, stuffing and the list goes on
How is YOUR
SCHOOL celebrating Thanksgiving day?