The goal of this PowerPoint lesson is to encourage excellent speaking and listening skills during class discussions.To begin, students will be taught what effective speakers and active listeners sound like and look like. Then, the students will brainstorm together and discuss what might make a variety of community helpers feel thankful during their long work days. (It's a perfect lesson for Thanksgiving time!)
For example, a baker might be very thankful for fresh ingredients, utensils, an oven, hungry customers, and so on. A waitress might be thankful for comfy shoes, kind customers, and generous tips! Community helpers who will be considered during the lesson include chefs, delivery workers, medical workers, police officers, construction workers, and fire fighters. (Suggestion: If possible, start this lesson by reading Eileen Spinelli's book THANKFUL
to the students. It's the perfect "set" for this activity!)
The PowerPoint (which is formatted as a PDF*) has a slide-by-slide script with many examples to help you move the lesson along smoothly. As the students begin to have fun with the premise, it will be important to remind them to practice effective speaking and active listening!
(*Please note... this lesson is formatted as a PowerPoint presentation that has been secured as a PDF. This means it will scroll rather than "click." :) )
There's a culminating slide to show what ALL
workers are mutually thankful for -- and finally, a "thank you" song with sign language. An exit ticket completes the resource as an easy assessment piece. (I've included two different sizes in case lack of paper is an issue for you.) This class discussion lesson is really a lot of fun, and it leaves everyone with a grateful outlook on life. Plus, it really is a great opportunity to practice the tools of communicating effectively with others!
If you like this resource, try my sing-along game "What's Cooking for Thanksgiving?!
It's always a hit with my students!
These are Common Core Standards that address class discussions specifically: