Monday, November 5, 2012

Thanksgiving Resource

When I first decided I wanted to go into teaching, I spent time in a 1st grade classroom and a high school English classroom.  Within about 20 minutes, I knew that I would never be able to be an elementary teacher.  My patience is way too thin, and it was extremely difficult for me to explain in more than one way why 2 X 2=4.  It was difficult for me because basic multiplication is something that I just understand.  Because I can’t understand why a student doesn’t understand, how can I teach it so they comprehend it?  At least at the high school level, I can put myself in their shoes and understand what their struggle is. 
Now, in my current teaching job, I teach elementary students once a week.  Thankfully, I teach computers, and students are always eager and excited to learn about computers.  So far, we’ve utilized Wordle, Timerime, Storybird, and PowerPoint to learn various concepts in computers.  But, I’m always looking for different digital tools to incorporate into my teaching.  Richard Byrne wrote an article called, “Free Technology for Teachers,” that discussed different websites would teach children about Thanksgiving. 
After looking at the resources listed, Scholastic provides an awesome resource for students to learn about pilgrims’ journey on the Mayflower.  It compares the pilgrims’ life to the Wampanoag Indians and provides audio supplementing reading material.  There are videos for students to watch and teaching materials for instructors to use.  There are lesson plans for the K-12 curriculum.  I definitely plan on incorporating this in my elementary classes.  Currently, we’re learning about the presidential election, so I think I’m going to start using this resource next week.


  1. Working history into your lesson plans for elementary students is an awesome idea. This is one subject that does not get much time in the classroom unfortunately because so much focus is on language arts and math. Thankyou for the awesome reference material!

  2. I've been following Byrnes' blog too; it's a great resource. I won't be incorporating any lessons on Thanksgiving into my college classes, but I think it's great that you get to do that with the elementary students. I love Thanksgiving!

  3. Thanks for the great resource, I will definitely have to check it out. I am a fan of scholastic's resources they provide for teachers. This week I am using their resources about the election and voting. Next week I will have to check out their Thanksgiving resources :)

  4. Thanks for the resource, will definitely follow his blog. Also good to find free resources.