With the holiday of Thanksgiving, students mainly think of the food and that Christmas is coming soon. So many are excited about turkey and then the promise of snow, Santa, presents, and reindeer. To help understand the spirit of saying “thank you” at Thanksgiving, I am reading “Thanks for Thanksgiving” by Julie Markes to each class.
This book helps student understand where to begin to give thanks, from turkey, to music, to puppies. It covers areas of school playground, family, the weather, and items we use everyday, helping students realize there are lots to be thankful for! The book ends with giving thanks for family and we name the people in the picture: grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, sister, brother, and dog. Many students have gone on and named extended family: aunt, uncle, cousins, cats, step family, and godparents.
After reading the story, students have a better understanding of what to give thanks for. I sing my thankful song and they choose a picture card or draw their idea. “Thanks for Thanksgiving” is a great book to get the conversation started on the abstract idea of gratitude and forming an idea of what to give thanks for.