Give Thanks! A Unit Study About Gratefulness
- Tuesday, January 17, 2012
• http://www.sundayschoolsources.com/classmat/im_thankful_for.htm—A printable worksheet for younger children, in which they match a drawing to a phrase that describes something to be thankful for
• Several websites provide instruction about how to write a psalm of praise or thanksgiving, including these: www.provenmen.org/framework/index.php?page=how-to-write-a-psalm(for older students and adults) http://web.archive.org/web/20081202105402/http://www.jim-street.com/node/73, and www.harvestime.org/Psalms/WriteYourOwnPsalm.pdf.
History and Geography
• Learn why, how, when, and by whom the Statue of Liberty was created and presented to the United States. How is this statue a symbol of gratefulness?
• Visit www.waymarking.com/ and review the entries listed in the category titled “Gifts From Other Countries.” Find out which of these gifts were expressions of gratitude from one country to another. Do further research about these gifts and the countries in which they are located.
• Learn about various cultural expressions of gratitude and the history behind those expressions. For example, in many countries bowing symbolizes honor and gratitude. How did the tradition of bowing get started? When a person bows, is it always an expression of gratitude?
• Thanksgiving Day—The United States is not the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving Day. Find out which other countries have designated a special day of thanksgiving, why, and what traditions are carried out on that holiday.
• From the library, gather books, CDs, and videos that introduce your children to the reasons we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the United States. There are numerous websites and resources that can provide you with educational, fun activities to learn about Thanksgiving. Here are just a few: www.dltkholidays.com/thanksgiving/index.html, www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/thanksgiving, and www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/thanksgiving/.
• Ask one or more of your younger children to create a “Box of Blessings.” Either you or their older siblings can assist them in decorating a shoebox or small cardboard box that has a lid. Cut a slot in the lid. Invite family members to contribute to the box daily by briefly describing things they are thankful for. You may read these entries aloud daily, weekly, or on Thanksgiving Day. You could easily use a “Jar of Blessings,” which might be more appealing, since everyone could then observe how the pile of blessings in the jar grows!
• Use Psalms of thanksgiving from the Bible as copywork with which to practice excellent handwriting.
• Collect your five favorite quotes about gratitude. Display them on an attractive poster. This could be an individual assignment, or it could be a fun family project, with each family member contributing his or her favorite quote to the poster/display. Here are a few sample quotes; there are many to choose from.
“Thou hast given so much to me. . . . Give me one thing more—a grateful heart.”
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
—G. K. Chesterton
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