It’s Thanksgiving week in the U.S., meaning we’ll break in a few days to spend time with friends and family. There will be no shortage of good eats and good people.
But we still have a few days of school to get through before turkey time. Here is some fun stuff to share and discuss with students before breaking for the holiday.
StoryCorps is a fantastic resource for teachers. Engaging stories. Tons of opportunities for students to craft and share their own experiences. This year, StoryCorps is doing something very cool over Thanksgiving weekend.
The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a project dedicated to working with teachers and students across the country “to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.” There’s still time to sign up and get info for how your class can participate.
The Tryptophan Myth
Science classrooms: there is a lot of good turkey content out there that would make for a good last-minute lesson or discussion thread before class is dismissed. An old standby, of course, is the science of getting sleepy after consuming turkey, which is a quintessential element of any Thanksgiving feast.
Recommend scoping out the Scientific American article linked above. But here’s an overview: turkey sleepiness is a myth! Science can prove it! It's a fun discussion that will hopefully stay with students when they dig in on Thursday.
The Real First Thanksgiving
A great pre-holiday discussion for history classrooms would be about what the first Thanksgiving actually looked like. There’s been some fantastic stories written in the last few years about what historians believe was actually served - and who actually attended - the famed meal. (Sorry to break the news: there was probably no turkey.)
Learning that the Pilgrims were likely coming together over mussels, eel, melon, and deer might make for a nice conversation starter.