Are you looking for some alternatives to teaching about Thanksgiving in November? Are you bored of doing the same old Thanksgiving dinner play? But you still want your students to be engaged, learning, and in sync with their peers? Here are some great ideas for alternatives to teaching about Thanksgiving in a special education setting.
Have you considered doing a non-fiction unit on turkeys? Turkeys are an important industry here in the United States especially in November and December. This science lesson is a perfect alternative to teaching about Thanksgiving. There are so many great videos you can find on YouTube, and there are plenty of available facts and statistics your students can learn.
I have a free worksheet you can grab over on my YouTube channel that has students sort various types of farms (crops vs livestock). Of course turkeys are one of them 🙂 CLICK HERE to download it in the description below the video.
Finally, I have 2 units on turkeys. One is printable, and one is digital.
Turkey Printable Unit CLICK HERE
Turkey Digital Unit CLICK HERE
Pumpkins are another great science lesson you can add as an alternative teaching idea. There is so much you can learn about these amazing fruit (yes fruit). You can incorporate math, science and even life skills like cooking.
I have a free counting book on pumpkins you can grab. CLICK HERE
I also have 2 units on Pumpkins.
Pumpkin printable unit CLICK HERE
Pumpkin unit with Digital activities CLICK HERE
I always think of Thanksgiving as a time that brings out the best in people. We participate in canned food drives or we may even volunteer at a soup kitchen. Teaching students what it means to be generous is a great theme for November.
I have a great social skills unit on generosity. CLICK HERE to check it out.
Of course in 2020, sharing and even volunteering can look entirely different. You want to make sure to address those safety concerns as well.
This is my FAVORITE alternative teaching topic for November. We can never stress enough the importance of being thankful. In fact, I wrote an entire blog post about how my special ed team focused on gratitude each November and came together for some great activities. Read more about how we did that HERE. Plus you can grab some great free downloads as well.
This is the perfect time, to once again remind you of my FREE Gratitude Challenge. I totally redid it to fit the digital/distance learning that many of us are faced with this November. You can grab it HERE.
So, that is it. Some alternative ideas to teaching about Thanksgiving in November.
I hope everyone has the best November (and Thanksgiving) ever!!