A Time to Give Thanks…Posted by Carlene Gordon
It was a busy week of Thanksgiving in third grade. The week began by reading two stories about Thanksgiving. The first, Across the Wide Dark Sea was about a young boy’s experiences sailing on the Mayflower with his family. The next story was titled, The First Thanksgiving and depicted the struggles, hardships and ultimate friendships leading up to the first Thanksgiving, which students learned, lasted for three days! Following these stories, our third graders headed to the makerspace to create replicas of the Mayflower. Students carefully crafted these ships to serve as place cards on the tables of our own Unquowa School Thanksgiving Feast. Later in the week, students continued to practice writing three to five paragraph essays describing the things they are most grateful for. Students expressed gratitude for big things such as families, food, friends and school but also seemingly small or frequently overlooked things such as a smile or a cheery hello! In addition, during our mindfulness activity of a gratitude circle, students were able to express their appreciation of these things and many more with each other. Finally, dressed to impress, our students headed down to relish a traditional Thanksgiving feast created by our talented chefs. Students enjoyed coming together with classmates and teachers from across all grades before departing on the extended holiday break. At the tables, students shared handcrafted table place cards, Thanksgiving plans and of course, the delicious food. But most of all, we shared gratitude for our school and all that it offers us.
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