Giving Thanks: A Haudenosaunee Message of Thanksgiving

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A discussion of thankfulness opens a lesson followed by a read-aloud of the "Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address Greetings to the Natural World." Scholars answer questions and write down what they are thankful for in their home or community, accompanied by a picture.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the lesson during November, Native American Heritage Month
  • Make enough copies for each learner to follow along, make notes, and read aloud
  • Display finished products on a gratitude or Thanksgiving-themed focus wall
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a copy of the Thanksgiving message, paper, pencils, and coloring tools
  • One of the included video links is no longer available, but a replacement has been provided.
  • Brings forth the concept of gratitude
  • Encourages class members to examine their surroundings to find positives 
  • The video "Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message" is no longer available