Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What do Art, Turkey, and Dreidels have in common??

Today's post is a tribute to traditions, and we all hope everyone enjoys some restful time with their families this Thanksgiving and Hanukkah!

First, we just have to brag a little about our cafeteria's Thanksgiving Feast for lunch--we wonder if other schools have similar meals before Thanksgiving, too?
Can you find the following traditional Thanksgiving feast items?:
green beans
mashed potatoes
cranberry sauce
sweet potato pie
Which is your FAVORITE? 
This next part of the post is actually part of another Art Link project through Creative Connections. The students depicted (do you like our new 3rd grade word for "drew"?) a food-related tradition that is important to them, and described (in writing, on a sheet attached to the back) what is happening in the scene. 

We will then exchange art with a class in Nepal who is creating art on the same theme of a food-related tradition. This allows students to reveal and gain new insights into each other's cultures in a new and fun way. Several students chose to depict something about Thanksgiving this year! Here are just a couple of examples: (The captions are extracts from their descriptions.)

"Me and my grandma are cooking outside under the stars. Then
we are waiting for the Thanksgiving food to cook, so everyone
can eat. 2 hours later, the food is ready, and we have a good time!
I value this because I love to spend time with my grandma."

"This is a turkey. It is a speicchle (special) animal we
eat for a season and this is the name for it Thanksgiving.
We eat it inside or outside. It is import(ant) to me becus
it makse us srvive."
"This is me, my brother, my sisters, and my mom. We are making
jelly donuts and latkes for Happy Hanukkah. Hanukkah is the
same day as Thanksgiving now. We have a menorah and dreidels."
By the way, this is the first time in 125 years that the first day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving. We heard on the radio that such a thing won't happen again for 70,000 years!! Can that be true? Do any of our readers know?

And if YOU had to draw a food-related tradition, what would YOU draw??

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