It’s that time of year again! I love decorating my classroom with new themes based on the season or upcoming holidays. Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays to celebrate with the kids because it’s so fun to hear all the things they’re thankful for. This year, I’ve made a “30 Days of Thankfulness” board to display in my classroom that I want to share with you! Here’s how it works…
During the month of November, I’ll replace my normal wall calendar with this special Thanksgiving one. In the meantime, I’ll ask my students to fill in 30 index cards with one thing they’re thankful for on each card. Then I’ll number each card from 1-30 and hang them on my board. Starting November 1 through the rest of the month, we’ll select the card for that date and read it out loud so we can talk about what we’re thankful for. It’s a great way to give students the opportunity to speak from the heart and get them in the Thanksgiving spirit!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Poster Board
- Paper Border
- Die-Cut Letters and Numbers
- Index Cards or Paper
- String or Twine
- Wooden Clothespins
- Fall Embellishments (Stickers, Faux Leaves, and More)
Easy Step-by-Step Directions:
- Apply paper borders and fall embellishments to your poster board using glue. Get creative and decorate in any way you’d like! I recommend checking out Dollar Tree’s Teaching Tree® supplies, too.
- Glue die-cut letters and numbers to the top of the board to spell out “30 Days of Thankfulness.”
- Use glue and clothespins to attach two to three rows of string or twine across your board, depending on if you have a horizontal or vertical display.
- Fold index cards or paper in half and let the students write one thing they’re thankful for on each card. When they hand them back to you, number the outside of the cards from 1-30. Don’t forget to write one or two of your own as well!
- Use wooden clothespins to attach the index cards to the string or twine on your board.
- Each day during the month of November, open and read each card with your students and let them talk openly about what they’re thankful for and why (read weekend cards on Mondays). You’ll love hearing their thoughts and some of their answers may even surprise you!