Want to work Thanksgiving into some of your homeschooling fun this week? Here are eight ways to incorporate grammar, creative writing and other language arts lessons into the holiday.
- Do a Thanksgiving mad lib. Here’s another. These are a great way to learn parts of speech!
- Challenge the kids to see how many words they can make out of “Thanksgiving Feast.”
- Ask the kids to write journal entries from kids who might have been at the first Thanksgiving. Here (PDF file) is a list of the names of the married women, adolescent girls, adolescent boys, children and men at the first Thanksgiving (page 3), along with several accounts of the 1621 feast.
- Ask the kids to write a fictional letter to the editor from a turkey trying to convince people to eat vegetarian on Thanksgiving.
- Have the kids write THANKSGIVING down the side of a piece of paper and compose a poem about being thankful with each letter starting that line. Younger kids can just list things they’re thankful for that start with each letter.
- We have holidays that celebrate people, events and ideals. Ask the kids to think up a holiday they’d suggest and write up a page about why our country ought to adopt it. When would the holiday be? What special traditions would be associated with it?
- Have the kids write out 5 nouns, 5 adjectives and 5 verbs they associate with Thanksgiving. To make it especially challenging, have them put them in alphabetical order.
- Invite the kids to write a short Thanksgiving poem and then record it as the family’s answering machine message this week.