Have students take off one shoe and one sock and put them on the floor next to their desk. Explain that we will be making hand and footprints with paint at the back table. I will call students back 2 at a time. These prints will eventually become the tail to our turkey on the bulletin board.
Explain that meanwhile, all students will be working at their desk on filling in the leaves with what they are thankful for. They can do as many as 4. Write on board: I am thankful for _______________ because ______________________. Tell students to write this sentence on leaves and fill in the blanks. When they are finished, tell them to cut them out with their scissors. Put an example up to show them. Leaves should be put on the front table when completed and tell students to pick up a Thanksgiving word search to work on.
Before beginning ask if there are any questions. Write on board:
1. Write thankful thoughts on leaves.
2. Cut out leaves.
3. Turn in and pick up word search.
4. Make prints at back table when called upon.
5. Work quietly.
At the back table, I will be having students lightly dip one hand in yellow paint and put it on the construction paper. Then I will have them lightly dip one foot in orange paint to do the same. These will be placed on drying rack, and the helper will be helping students wash up. When finished here, students will go back to seats and finish leaves.
Close the lesson by commenting that we will have made a great looking bulletin board for our classroom, and hopefully we had fun doint it. We are all very fortunate in many different ways and we should be thinking about these things this Thanksgiving season.
Put prints and leaves up on bulletin board after school.