Thanksgiving Rotations

Thanksgiving Rotations

Are you looking for an alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving Feast for the classroom, then this is for you. Thanksgiving Rotations are not only fun but your kiddos will also learn about Native American talking sticks, how pilgrims made butter, the history of popcorn, and how to make pumpkin pie. My kindergarteners love these activities and most often say they were the best activity we did all year.

On Thanksgiving Rotation day I divide the class into 4 groups (most often the 4 tables in my classroom). At each table, there is an activity set up with 1-2 parent volunteers to lead the activity. Students start at their own table and complete that activity (15-20 minutes), then they rotate to the next table.  They keep rotating until they have visited all the tables. 

Native American Talking Stick

Native American Talking Stick

For this activity, students learn about the tradition of the Native American Talking Stick by reading a book and making a talking stick of their own. Once done they can practice using their talking stick with their group. 

Homemade Butter

Homemade Butter

For this activity, students will learn how to make butter by watching a video and then making some butter of their own.  Make sure that you remind students to take the butter out of their backpack when they get home, it can become smell if left too long. 

The History of Popcorn

history of popcorn

Popcorn has a very interesting history that not many people know.  In this activity, students will learn all about popcorn and compare popcorn popped in a bag and popcorn popped on a cob. 

Making Pumpkin Pie

Making Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie is a Thanksgiving tradition but not many kids know how much work actually goes into making a pumpkin pie. For this activity, students will read a book about making Pumpkin Pie and then make pumpkin pie pudding of their own. 

Reflection

reflection activity

You can find detailed directions for Thanksgiving Rotations in my TpT store.

Thanksgiving Rotations

Are you looking for more Thanksgiving themed activities to do with your kiddos check out My Thanksgiving Book.