We are studying Thanksgiving this week as part of our study of American History. As part of building the schema for why the Pilgrims were thankful I had the students write about what they are thankful for. Then I talked about the things they might not realize they should be thankful for because they are so much a normal part of everyday life here â€“ like running hot and cold water, heat, shelter, schools, and so on.
Then we watched â€œThe Water Buffalo Movieâ€ also known as â€œ4 Generations.â€ We discussed how the people in the movie live and their reaction to receiving a water buffalo as a gift. Next we explored â€œWhat The World Eats, Part 1â€ a great online photo essay from Time Magazine. In it families from different parts of the world are shown sitting in their homes surrounded by a weeks worth of food they typically have to eat and how much their food costs. It ranges from a high of over $500 to a low of $1.23 for a family to eat for a week. This sparked a great discussion about poverty and how people in the world really live.
Finally, I had students re-think and re-write their thoughts about what they are thankful for this year â€“ and they will be turning those notes into a blog post this week.
We are also learning about the â€œFirst Thanksgivingâ€ and next week I will bring a barbecue to school and barbecue a turkey outside my classroom door. We are researching which foods they really had at that first Thanksgiving and students will bring samples of those foods in for our feast. Maybe I should stream part of it on ustream.tv for others to watch? Or Skype? : )
Learning is messy!
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