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Techy Thanksgiving Activities for All Ages
To most of us, Thanksgiving is a time to relax, eat our weight in food, and enjoy three games of football. But, prior to that, there are some activities that can be done with students to not only celebrate the holiday, but to inform them on the history of the day we've come to know and love. The other day a friend of mine from California, Karly Moura, posted an entire collection of activities involving Thanksgiving. Below are some that are really engaging, informative, and tech-centered for students leading up to the holiday.
Build or Disguise a Turkey
The Gobble Gobble Breakout
Design a Balloon
If it's tradition in your family as it is in mine, Thanksgiving Day isn't complete without having the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV (until football comes on, of course). A really clever activity that students can do is design a balloon as if it will be featured in the parade. Following this lesson and activity, students are able to determine which balloon they would choose, and then are able to write a note persuading the organizers to include their balloon.
Tracking with Google Maps
Thanksgiving Letter Sounds
For grades K-2, the students can complete a board full of images associated with the holiday and analyze them for their sounds. In this activity, students can look at pictures and then determine which sounds they begin or end with. Using the simple chart design in the example activity, this has the potential to be an informative lesson relating to Thanksgiving.