These 15 quick and easy ‘Thanksgiving’ themed activities/tips can be implemented into any lesson (as opening activity/closing activity) and help students develop a sense of gratitude. Activities I’ve personally used and highly recommend include: the gratitude game, pumpkin of appreciation (arts and crafts), tree of thanks, giving thanks with your ABCs.
A simple yet powerful activity that can be incorporated into any lesson plan on Thankfulness. Teachers are to hand out brown paper bags and leaf cut-outs with glue sticks. Students are encouraged to think about things, people, events they are thankful for and glue them onto their own brown paper bag. Encourage students to personalize their garden at their own discretion!
An extremely easy activity teachers can implement in their classroom to create a sense of community. Everyday in November, ask students and jot down moments and things that they are grateful for and put those moments on paper and in a jar. Place the small pieces of paper in a jar. Have students decorate the jar with photos, souvenirs, and an assortment of fall leaves. Day before Thanksgiving vacation ask students to open the jar and reach each gratitude moment and share with the class.
This gratitude photo scavenger hunt is the perfect way to get your students to recognize the small and big moments, events, people in their life that they are grateful for. Teachers are encouraged to carry out this activity sometime before thanksgiving break. Teachers can modify this home activity by asking students to bring in items that are special to them (or doing this on their own) and asking students to find them based on the “Something I’m grateful for” list.
Super easy and simple activity that encourages students to be vocal about the things they are thankful for. Bring in a stuffed toy Turkey or stuffed animal and toss it to each student- prompting them to share things they are thankful for. Activity can be extended into a hands-on lesson plan where students create Turkey ball (as pictured in the link).