Happy Thanksgiving… What Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, …, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him …, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”~October 3, 1863
Lincoln and Thanksgiving (2016). Retrieved from: https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/lincoln-and-thanksgiving.htm
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863
Collage by Teague
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What a great tradition, this 4th Thursday of November we call Thanksgiving. A day dedicated to Thanks. A time to enjoy family and friends, in a feast of good food and good company. A day to reflect on thankfulness shown to you by family, friends and people unknown. A day to touch someone known or unknown to you, that maybe less fortunate during these rough times for many.
This day we must give thanks to the many who wear the uniform in our armed forces and protect our nation from our enemies. Without their dedication and commitment to us, this nation, we would not be able to have this day of Thanks.
Take a minute to renew your spirit of living, to illuminate what brings you joy, meaning and to give thanks to the many special people who have touched your/our lives.
(from my friend J. McShane)
1st Thanksgiving Photo by Helen Teague
Thankful for education this weekend:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
This website offers Thanksgiving printables on Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation on Thanksgiving
This Prezi presents reasons to be thankful for education
Read more here and here
This website offers 20 Thanksgiving writing prompts to use in the classroom
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Click the picture or the link to see wonderful Thanksgiving printables and also at this link to use in your classroom or with family.
Source: Nest of Posies
These are the two days in the classroom that offer the most promise and patience. If your school has decided to meet during Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, you have an interesting
challenge opportunity. It is difficult to advance curriculum when many students have already been taken out of class by family already in Thanksgiving mode. But just popping in a video or having a “make-up” day seems like a cop-out.
How about an interactive technology-rich silhouette picture-creating activity? Daniele, at the Domestic Serenity blog has the perfect silhouette picture creating idea!
The materials needed for silhouettes are probably already in your supply cabinets.
Camera (can use iPhone), photo paper, printer
chalk (pastel colors are ideal)
glue or mod podge
Read the easy and illustrated instructions, and plenty of free printables at the Domestic Serenity blog (scroll down the page a bit)