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Students Prepare a Thanksgiving Feast for Their Parents

Found In: interdisciplinary lessons, project based learning, thanksgiving

When I taught in a self-contained classroom, my students prepared and served a Thanksgiving lunch for their parents. The cafeteria staff cooked the turkeys for us, but the students and I prepared everything else. In the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I incorporated this project into as much of the curriculum as possible. For science lessons, we learned about nutrition; for social studies we examined different harvest festivals around the world; for math the lessons we studied consumer spending and budgets; etc.

I had grant money to support the project, and the students had to make a budget to buy all the food based on the available grant money. We went to the store to purchase the food. The students made the centerpieces and decorations and had to write invitations to their family members. Each child could invite two people. The students also wrote an additional invitation to one staff member they wanted to join us for lunch. The families and staff members really enjoyed the lunch and my students are still talking about it three years later.


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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.