An ESL Thanksgiving

What a fun day we had! All week my newcomers were counting down to "27, eat turkey!"  Come and see what we did to celebrate Thanksgiving, ESL style!

We made torn-paper turkeys- easy and fantastic for fine motor skills, which some of my newcomers (and long-term ELL's) need practice in!

We hung them up under our thankful banners, next to "Tom."

My fourth graders read "Diary of a Pilgrim" and we discussed the similarities and differences between their lives in Burma and Thailand and the life of a Pilgrim. 

My newcomers learned about the first Thanksgiving from this book, plus we watched a few youtube videos to help us out! 

We had a "family" Thanksgiving around a long table in our library. 

My teaching partner picked up these awesome draw-on tablecloths for 59 cents each! Score!

Our crockpots got some good use today! We served turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce.  We also had a dessert table with brownies, blondies, and apple and pumpkin pie provided by one of our great instructional aides at school. 

 We served the food cafeteria-style so the kids could see and smell everything.

This is me and my teaching partner! We are a great team- we call ourselves the Admiral and the Cruise Director.  Can you guess which is which?

These boys had such a great time! I love that they have become good friends this year. 

We love Thanksgiving! 

P.S.  Are you ready for the sale?  I'm so not.  I need to spend some quality time with the TPT search function! Make sure you don't forget the code!!!

Have a happy and festive Thanksgiving!  I'm thankful for you!


  1. The feast looks like so much fun! I am sure the kids loved it. I really like how your compared your students' lives in Burma to the Pilgrim's lives. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Eclectic Educating

  2. That was so nice of you to have such a big Thanksgiving feast for your students! Their turkeys turned out cute too!
    Conversations in Literacy


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