|American Flags at the Gaelscoil on Thanksgiving|
The fourth, fifth and sixth classes I absolutely loved teaching because I am such a history nerd and I could really unload some historical facts on them on the subject. The students' really found it all to be really interesting. The students' had so many questions about the holiday and the different traditions that went along with the holiday. The students' enjoyed it so much that one asked, "Is that the last slide? I really enjoyed it." Our Thanksgiving feast is very similar to their Christmas Day meal, or that is what they kept telling me.
In addition to teaching about the holiday I was fortunate enough to do some Thanksgiving arts and crafts with the students'. In the third class (third grade) I had them draw turkey hands and write what they were thankful for on each finger. I really emphasized that Thanksgiving was more or less a time to show thanks for everything in your life and it is a time to show your gratitude towards things in your life. I had a lot of students' write that they were thankful for family, friends, survival, being alive and chocolate (I'm thankful for that, too). I even had one student write that he was thankful for me. How sweet?
With the fourth class (fourth grade) we painted our palms and created turkeys out of those and they were able to decorate them however they liked. The strong theme running through the turkeys in the fourth class was America! The majority of the students' either painted an American flag as the background or had a flag hanging out of the turkeys mouth. They loved the activity and they all got super creative with it. I even had one student place his turkey hand on a dinner plate and put corn and carrots around the turkey. Their teacher was saying that this might have to be a tradition that they keep alive each year in the future.
|Lovely cake that the school had made for us|
|Our Thanksgiving spread in the teachers lounge|