JOY for Today - Thanksgiving 2022
With a heart full of praise, that's how we hope you're entering this Thanksgiving season. There are many reasons to be thankful in every circumstance. Challenge yourselves (and others) to find those reasons - even in the difficult moments. This is how we stay rooted in JOY, friends!
JOY for Today Offerings:
- Did You Know... Five we didn't.
- Wolfe Stew Connects To the difficulty of thanksgiving.
- Bible Verses and Quotes About giving thanks.
- Activity Suggestions For grade level bands, "Would you rather..." questions, and a family challenge.
- There were only four women present at the first Thanksgiving? While there were around 140 attendees - 90 Wampanoag and 50 colonists - only four of them were women. (The Fact File & History.com)
- Turkey is now the most commonly served food on Thanksgiving? So much so that Thanksgiving is often referred to as "Turkey Day." As a country we gobble up over 45 million turkeys annually. However, turkey was not the main course at the first Thanksgiving dinner where deer, seafood, and wildfowl were served. (The Fact File)
- "Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving song? Written by James Lord Pierpont, it was originally titled "One Horse Open Sleigh." Another well known thanksgiving song is "Over the River and Through the Woods." (The Fact File, CNN & Making Music Fun)
- The TV dinner emerged as a solution to Thanksgiving leftovers? A salesman at Swanson faced a dilemma involving an overabundance of frozen turkey, 260 tons to be precise. His solution was to package it in compartmentalized aluminum trays along with the traditional sides of sweet potatoes and stuffing. The trays were then frozen and prepared with instructions for reheating in the oven. (The Fact File & Smithsonianmag.com)
- In 2021, Thanksgiving ranked as the most popular holiday in the United States? Christmas came in second and Halloween tenth. See where your favorite holidays rank at Statista.com.
We'd Love to Know:
- "I will give thanks to You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will declare all Your marvelous works." - Psalm 9:1 MEV
- "Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thessalonians 5:16-18 MEV
- "You accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, so continue to live following him. You must depend on Christ only, drawing life and strength from him. Just as you were taught the truth, continue to grow stronger in your understanding of it. And never stop giving thanks to God." - Colossians 2:6-7 ERV
- "Through Him, then, let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." Hebrews 13:15 MEV
- "Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever. Psalm 107:1 MEV
- "When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears." - Tony Robbins
- "Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual." - Henry David Thoreau
- "No matter what the situation is...close your eyes and think of all the things in your life you could be grateful for right now." - Deepak Chopra
- "For what I have received may the Lord make me truly thankful. And more truly for what I have not received." - Storm Jameson
We'd Love to Know:
Which verse or quote awakens your spirit of Thanksgiving?
Our Nephew's Suggestion:
Give a lot of thanks and eat turkey!
Preschool to First Grade
- Write directions for "How to Cook a Turkey" with the help of these *free* Thanksgiving writing templates from Tickled Pink in Primary at Teachers Pay Teachers (also includes two different "I am Thankful for..." templates)
- Eat a Thanksgiving snack that provides a simplified model of what happened during the first thanksgiving from Stay-at-Home Educator.
- While eating their snack, read Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by Kimberly Dean and James Dean
Second and Third Grade
- Read Turkey Trouble (by Wendi Silvano; illustrated by Lee Harper) and make predictions along the way.
- Then, write directions for "How to (not) be a Cooked Turkey" using ideas from the book and the help of this beginning, middle, and end template from krAzyfoREduCation at Teachers Pay Teachers.
- Spend some quiet time with these Thanksgiving coloring pages from Doodle Art Alley
Fourth to Sixth Grade
- Make a list of foods commonly eaten at Thanksgiving.
- Research to discover the origin of each of the popular foods served at Thanksgiving. Consider the following options:
- Having each group choose one food to research.
- Sorting each food into "New World"/"Old World" categories with the help of Food University
- Pointing them to Wikipedia's page of food origins, teaching them how to use CTRL + F, and releasing them to research their group's list.
- Write a paragraph (poster, slideshow, mini book, etc.) to present their findings
"Would You Rather...?" Questions
- Share a meal with friends or strangers?
- Eat mashed potatoes with no gravy or pumpkin pie with no whipped cream?
- Take a nap or play football after you eat?
We'd Love to Know:
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Find even more JOY for Today in our monthly calendars, holiday, and seasonal posts.