Death, Divorce, and Moving--the big three. Thankfully, we've only been moving for the past week. That makes everything out of sorts around the house--and my blog late.

But it's not too late to talk about Thanksgiving. There are still three days before my students disperse for the holidays, and hopefully a little turkey and family time. I will not be assigning homework over the break, but we will pause in the curriculum on Friday to consider the holiday.

It's an interesting one and not unique to America as many of the students believe.  We'll look at a brief summary of the history of the holiday as a large group, and then break off into small groups to examine particular eras of Thanksgiving history.

Students will create one page with a summary and picture for their assigned era. Each page will go into a notebook, so that the class has a picture book of the history of Thanksgiving. We'll read the book together as a class and drink hot cider. Fun times....

Early finishers will complete a Thanksgiving crossword, word search, or riddles for extra credit. The riddles are my particular favorite. They include anagrams, Limericks, and rebus (picture) puzzles.

You can find the entire assignment (including the puzzles) here:

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Here are some of my Thanksgiving borders for documents and PowerPoints. Download them for free, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Do you have any holiday assignments for Thanksgiving? Leave a comment to share your ideas.

Check back in next Monday when I reveal my next interactive notebook--Enlightenment and Revolutions.

Until then,

I create a lot of original work for English and world history, but only some for sociology. I've been teaching sociology for three years, now, and almost immediately, I stumbled upon Introsocsite. It's a fantastic resource for any sociology teacher.

I credit Introsocsite not only for the organization of my course, but also for some fun and highly useful games.

Last week, when we were studying a unit on social organization, we needed to discuss the difference between competitive and cooperative societies. Introsocsite linked me to a fantastic idea--using musical chairs to illustrate the concept.

In the first round of musical chairs, students played in the traditional way. It was highly competitive, and of course, there was only one winner.

The second way involved taking away a chair each time as usual, but students had to figure out a way to keep everybody in the game. They rose to the occasion. They sat in laps, stood on chairs, and formed pyramids. It was interesting that leaders emerged, directing everyone into positions so that nobody would "be out."

Introsocsite has directed me to several hand-on, creative "game" activities. Here are my students putting together puzzles in the first unit to illustrate sociological theories:

Here they are in the unit on social inequalities playing Life Happens--a game that gives each group a different income, and asks them to create a budget for the year. As they are struggling to make the budget work, the teacher drops "Life Happens" cards on their table. The cards present various real-life situations, like the need for a doctor's visit, or the expense of new tires for the car.

Of course, I still create products for sociology and am slowly uploading them on to Teachers Pay Teachers. But this is happening VERY slowly thanks to Introsocsite. It's not much yet, but these are my sociology products so far.

Have you found a web resource for you classroom that you can't live without? Let me know in the comments below.

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