I’ve noticed an increase in views on some of my Thanksgiving posts, so I thought I better comb through them to make sure the links were still active. As I did this, I decided to add the links to a new Wakelet list. Then I decided I should look for new resources for this year. The result is a list of 47 items – so far. (And this, my friends, is how a post that was supposed take 30-45 minutes to write instead became a 3-hour task.) Everything on the list is free. Some of the highlights are: Thanksgiving Digital Escape Room, Balloons Over Broadway STEM Activities, a Thanksgiving Hyperdoc, several Thanksgiving themed puzzles (including Sudoku), and many Google Slides templates.
Over the years, I have to say that one of my favorite Thanksgiving activities has been to use these writing prompts from Minds in Bloom for brainstorming. You can see some results here from when I asked students to think about what teachers might be thankful for. (I’m sure the responses would be quite different today!) I enjoyed putting a twist on the question, “What are you thankful for?” by placing constraints or looking at it from another perspective.
Though we may need to look at our American Thanksgiving from some different perspectives in order to better understand the complex relationship between the natives of this land and the Europeans, I think that we can all agree that gratitude is an important reason for celebration.