November is shaping up to be quite an unusual month. This week, the 3rd-5th graders will be missing Spanish due to testing. Next week, we will have no school on Monday and then I will be presenting at a conference in Nashville, TN from Wednesday-Friday. The week after that, we will have school only on Monday and Tuesday and then we are off for Thanksgiving. The week after that, we will be into the first days of December already. How did this happen?!
Because our time together will be short this month, I wanted to make sure that we talked about Día de Acción de Gracias (Thanksgiving) in class. We will spend some time thinking about things for which we are grateful by creating an árbol de gratitud (gratitude tree). The students will be adding leaves to this tree which state the things we are thankful for. Yo doy gracias por... (I give thanks for...) mis estudiantes excelentes (my excelent students), sus familias estupendas (their stupendous families) y la oportunidad de trabajar en una escuela tan maravillosa (and the opportunity to work in such a marvelous school.)
In addition to creating our thankfulness tree, we will also learn some songs in Spanish about Thanksgiving, listen to a Thanksgiving story, and color some Thanksgiving turkeys. Although Thanksgiving is not a traditionally Hispanic holiday, being thankful is something that transcends all cultures!
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