I’m teaching 4th grade this year and so I can’t spend much time teaching about Thanksgiving. At least not as much as I did 2 years ago when I last taught 5th grade. 5th grade studies American history and so it is a natural year to teach the whole story in-depth.
However, to send my students off with at least something to think about I use these two resources:
What the World Eats – Part 1
Is a feature done by Time magazine a few years back. It is a photo slideshow that simply shows what families in different parts of the world eat in a typical week and how much it costs. There are 4 parts to this now, so if part one isn’t enough for you search for the others, they are easy to find.
The Water Buffalo Movie
Is a modern classic and gives students a taste of what poverty really is (have tissue available). The video is about 7 minutes long and delivers a very powerful message about giving and what we have to be thankful for.
Using these resources can be just as stand alone pieces to ponder, or starts to writing pieces, art pieces and more.
Learning is messy!