Thanksgiving lends itself to fantastic Language Arts projects. Poetry, copywork, essays and letters are all fun things to do that don’t seem much like the usual writing assignments. You can use these projects for handwriting and copywork. You can discuss capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech and can incorporate art too with decorating borders or placemats. How about doing one or all of these things as we approach Thanksgiving?
Poetry There are all sorts of poems you can write. Have you heard of a lune? I hadn’t either! There are two types that you can create. One is called Collum and the other is Kelly. If you have a writer who is just beginning then I would do the Collum lune with them.
Collum lune poems have the following structure:
- First line: three words
- Second line: five words
- Third line: three words
Kelly lune poems follow this structure:
- First line: three syllables
- Second line: five syllables
- Third line: three syllables
Here is my feeble attempt at a Collum lune:
Our Thanksgiving Feast
Turkey, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie
Family, blessings, laughter
Copywork Here is a scripture to copy. Here is a Thanksgiving border with lines for your daughter/son to use. CLICK HERE
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
Read books about Thanksgiving and write a summary. Scholastic has a list of books with descriptions. CLICK HERE
Write a list- For what are you thankful? create a running list that each person can contribute. It will be fun to read it on Thanksgiving.
Write a letter, send a card- If you can’t see your extended family this year, what about writing them a note or card? It will be a happy day for the recipient to get a card instead of a junk mail, don’t you think?
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ~Lisa~