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
In yesterday’s post, ideas and resources for STEM and STEAM integration for lessons on seasons were explained. Here is the Thinglink resource described in the STEM lesson integration on “Why Do Leaves Change?” Scroll over the image and click on the little black and white circles to view curriculum components.
We returned from #CCEFinland to full-out fall leaves courtesy of a sudden freeze while we were away. Keeping to our presentation theme of #HarnessingImagination, we brainstormed some lesson ideas while we raked the leaves and gathered components for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Teachable Moments, like turkey giblets, are never wasted. For a STEM connection, I can use the photos along with information from ESF State University of New York to form the basis of a ThingLink scavenger hunt on the science behind why leaves turn different colors in fall. ThinkLink Inc. is a Finnish-American in-image app created in 2010 by Ulla Engeström and Janne Jalkanen. Depending on time limitations (and how compelling the Black Friday sales are), I can ask students to either complete the Scavenger Hunt that I create or they can add their own components.
Question 1: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 2: What standards does this lesson address?
Please leave a comment with your ideas.
The leaves transformed the lawn to a carpet of color. For a STEAM connection, I can use the photos of the multi-color lawn as a palette for student composed poetry/haiku. After reading and discussing the technique of haiku from the Australian Writers’ Centre, student teams can take turns writing alternating lines of the poem or haiku. Alternately, students can choose to work solo on their poem/haiku.
Question 3: What design elements would you add to this lesson?
Question 4: What standards does this lesson address?
Please leave a comment with your ideas.
Tomorrow’s post will feature the STEM lesson Thinglink deliverable. Click here to view.
All of the outside color found a place on our Thanksgiving table with our Fall Centerpiece of Safflower blossoms, garden parsley, rosemary, and chives. A little glitter spray paint glammed up some of the outside English laurel leaves.
Australian Writers’ Centre, (2018, April 19). 19 Haiku poems about Autumn. Retrieved from
College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York (2018). Why Leaves
Change Color. Retrieved from: https://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/leaves/leaves.htm
All photos by Teague
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Click on the link for a Common Core correlated study guide from the Library of Congress —common_core LOC-1osmerk
Common Core Standards:
ELA, History, 6-8, 9: Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Key Ideas and Details:
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
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THE Library of Congress scares up October 31st fun with “Frankenreads,” a public read-athon of Marry Shelley’s “Frankenstein” now 200 years young!
The reading begins at 9:00 am at the Library of Congress. It is open to everybody.
There is also a livestream so you and your students can join the fun virtually. Check out the live-stream @ the LOC’s YouTube site:
Classroom Activities During the live stream:
- Students can listen and read along
- Students can listen for a few minutes at a time and then complete a Think-Pair-Share
- Students can create a word cloud of key terms
- (Older) Students can live-tweet to the Library of Congress during the read-athon. The event hashtag is
- Studenst can draw a continuous mural or desktop mural while listening during the read-athon
- … Share your ideas!
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Bring the spookiness of Halloween to your classroom all month with science, math, and social studies resources for all grades on PBS LearningMedia-
Carve Halloween Into Your Lesson Planning– Halloween is a great time for teachers to encourage children’s imagination and creativity. Explore a collection that offers PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into your classroom. Explore Collection–PBS Learning Media Lesson Plans Link
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Looking back to a quote from awhile ago…50 years! It is called “Make Them Read”
PBS Learning Media has abundant #STEM resources to take your students on a learning adventure and inspire a lifelong love of science!
Wild Kratts follows the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe! Explore Collection
Animal Adaptations / Grades: PreK-3
How are some birds able to survive winter weather while others have to fly North? Why are Polar Bears and Walrus’ able to survive on land and water? Discover Wild Alaska with the Kratt Brothers! Students will learn about animals in Alaska and how they adapt, survive, and thrive in the wild. Discover More
Ready Jet Go! / Grades: PreK-3
This space-themed collection includes fun, educational video clips about planet Earth, the other major planets in our solar system, and the characteristics that set them apart. Discover More
Earth Science / Grades: K-2
From different weather patterns to land formations, help your students learn more about how the Earth works and how it was formed with this collection from NASA. Discover More