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Thanksgiving Activities and Lessons

Creative commons licensed photo from Flickr by mtsofan.

Looking for ways to incorporate Thanksgiving into your lessons next week?  NEA provides a great list of lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.  Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

November is also National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. See these web pages to learn more:

National Museum of the American Indian

National Trust for Historic Preservation
This website highlights efforts across America to protect the cultural legacies of Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other indigenous peoples of the United States and its territories. It offers profiles, audio files, and videos of individuals, photographs.

Native American Heritage Month
This website provides teacher resources, including photographs, geographic location of tribes, and Library of Congress webcasts. You have to dig around, but there is some interesting content on the site.

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 – October 15 every year.  If you haven’t yet celebrated the month in your classroom, you still have a week left!

The month-long celebration begins September 15 to coincide with the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month
Lessons for Hispanic Heritage Month!
Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources
National Hispanic Heritage Month Web Resources

Hispanics have become the largest minority group in the U.S., and that growth is reflected in America’s public schools. Fifty million students attend public schools. About 20 percent of public school students—10 million children—are Hispanics. Moreover, according to the U.S. Census, one out of every four kindergarten students in the U.S. today is Latino.

Do you have other ideas for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month?  If so, please share with your colleagues by leaving a comment.

Classroom Resources for Thanksgiving

Students dressed up for Thanksgiving

If you’re looking for ways to get in the mood for Thanksgiving with your students, check out the links below.  Both will take you to a complete list of Thanksgiving lesson plans, activities, links and more.

From NEA:

Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom: Interdisciplinary lesson plans, activity ideas and other curriculum resources.

From Education World:

Thanksgiving Lesson Ideas: Find articles, lesson ideas, site reviews, books, crafts, clipart and more.

Are you teaching about Thanksgiving this week?  Leave a comment and share what you are doing with your colleagues.

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