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Quick Tip: Thanksgiving in Spanish Class - Thankful Turkey - Gratitude in Spanish class #LangChatGratitudeChallenge

Inside: An easy Thanksgiving bulletin board for any class. The perfect way to talk about what you are thankful for in Spanish class. Plus a new #LangChatGratitudeChallenge to extended the gratitude in Spanish class. 

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


Six 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 Free 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. 



2020 Update - #LangchatGratitudeChallenge
Samara Spielberg is the real MVP & shared this amazing Free resource to practice Gratitude all month. It includes a slideshow for teachers to present the challenge in Spanish, as well as editable student slideshow that you can post digitally in your LMS of choice. She has been doing this for a while now and also has resources for other languages as well. Follow @SamaraSpielberg for tons of great ideas and resources!

Personally, my upper level Spanish classes will be participating during each class in November. Due to our block schedule  each day this month class starts with free reading, 2 songs and vote, our daily chat in Spanish & then their daily gratitude journal writing. This means each class starts with reading, listening, speaking and writing, even before the set "lesson: of the day. tricky tricky ;) In these tough times these are positive things to help keep us all happier. 





If you are interested here are other turkeys through the years...



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


A couple years ago a student decided my raggedy old cardboard Turkey needed a face lift. She made a new one, complete with a tuxedo. You can see him below waiting for his feathers. 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




Our 2019 Turkey 
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, 11.14.19 & 11.3.20

5 comments

  1. Your blog is very nice, Thanks for sharing good blog. happy thanksgiving

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  2. OMG, the directions slides! Yes! Thank you, that's one less voice-straining moment.
    "Doy gracias por tus recursos - mil veces".

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  3. Thank you so much, everything looks AMAZing!

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  4. I love it!! Thank you so much!!
    I wouldn't say Que das gracias por? .... I would say Por que das gracias?

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