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Inside: An easy Thanksgiving bulletin board for any class. The perfect way to talk about what you are thankful for in Spanish class. 

Quick Tip: Thanksgiving in Spanish Class - Thankful Turkey - Damos gracias por


Four years ago, I posted the original idea to make a Thankful turkey in Spanish class (see the photo below). I figured it was time for a little update. Here is a quick, fun and easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving in a any classroom. No, I do not teach elementary students, but yes, my students enjoyed tracing their hands. 

Quick Tip: Thanksgiving in Spanish Class - Thankful Turkey - Damos gracias por


Set up

  • Post "We give thanks for.." in your language of choice. 
  • Make a bare turkey. (I cut this peanut looking turkey from a cardboard box and just added construction paper eyes, mouth & gobbler).
  • Gather half sheets of colored paper, markers and scissors. 

In Class Activity

  • NEW - This projectable slideshow has vocabulary, instructions and ideas of what to write.
  • Introduce the high frequency words: I give thanks for, s/he gives thinks for, do you give thanks for?
    • In Spanish I choose to use the commonly used word dar, to give: doy gracias por, da gracias por. 
    • I circled the questions Do you give thanks for..., I give thanks for... She gives thanks for, etc
  • Brainstorm with students things they are thankful for in your target language. List these on the board as a reference. (My family, my friends, etc).
  • Let students chose a half sheet of colored paper, markers and scissors.
  • Have students trace their hands and cut them out. 
  • Students write something they are thankful for on each finger of the hand "feather."
  • Add the thankful hands on the board. 


Additional variations
This would make for a great collaborative hallway board as well. 

You could also have students create their own turkey, or find a template to print, where they write what they are thankful for on each feather. 

As an extension students could do a free write on what they are thankful for, what they did last Thanksgiving, or what their plans are for this year. 

Here are another turkey through the years. 


Quick Tip: Thanksgiving in Spanish Class - Thankful Turkey - Damos gracias por


This year a student decided my raggedy old cardboard Turkey needed a facelift. She made a new one, complete with a tuxedo. You can see him below waiting for his feathers this week. I plan to start each class with the 15-20 minute activity above to make our thankful feathers.  

Quick Tip: Thanksgiving in Spanish Class - Thankful Turkey - Damos gracias por


If you are looking for other activities to do before Thanksgiving break, you could use this Este descanso find someone who. It talks about future plans with the holidays. You can find all posts with the label Thanksgiving here. What are you thankful for this year?


Original post - 11.24.14 - updated 11.3.18

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