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Thanksgiving Food Drive

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Each year, around Thanksgiving, I teach a lesson about helping others and how important it is to give to people in the community who cannot provide for themselves. I ask students’ families to send non-perishable food items that we can give to the needy through a local organization. I have always felt it is important for students to know what they have donated individually and to see how much there is collectively when donate together.

I have had students draw pictures of their canned goods and put them on a bulletin board. However, this year, I hung the canned goods and other food items from the branches of a six-foot tall wooden cutout of a tree I have in my classroom. We call it “Our Giving Tree”. It is a concrete way for students to see the contribution they are making.


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Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.