Lawrence Teachers Hooked Us Up!

Even in the madness of 2020, there are so many things to be grateful for—like the amazing Lawrence teachers who helped compile these long-weekend activities! From mazes to math games to origami turkeys, our Busy List has a wealth of resources for quiet time, together time, and “how long until the turkey is ready?” time. Enjoy!
Cranberry Contest:How many cranberries are in the jar? You have until Saturday at 3:00pm to send your estimate to Ms. Moriarty, who carries on a 50+ year Lawrence tradition with the annual Cranberry Counting Contest. Visit the Library Blog for more details and pictures, and submit your best guess here. Good luck!

Mi Diario de Gratitud: Profe Kern offers this wonderful interactive gratitude journalen español! It’s thoughtful, engaging, and an enjoyable way to reinforce language skills AND an attitude of gratitude—the perfect combination.

Historical Context: Mr. Porter sends this informative read for younger kids: A Story of Survival: The Wampanoag and the English. Bonus: The 24-page booklet is printable for easy offline reading. For tweens and teens, the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address is a powerful conversation starter. The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian features a “teaching poster,” corn-necklace video tutorial, and more great content in a special section on its website: Rethinking Thanksgiving: Native Perspectives.

Math Games: Ms. McGraw sends math games—of course!
• In 123 Nim (2 players, paper, 10 coins/markers), players take turns playing 1, 2, or 3 markers to fill a 10-square grid (draw your own, or print one here). The challenge: Choose your number of markers strategically so the game ends on your turn. Whoever fills the last square wins!
• Save 20 (2-3 players, 5 dice, pencil/paper for scoring) lets players roll the dice to get as close to 20 as possible. Re-roll as many dice as you choose for a total of four rolls per turn. To score a turn, find the difference between your total and 20. Play nine rounds. The lowest total score wins!
• Greg Tang Thanksgiving Challenge: Open a Game Board (K-6 available) and challenge students to complete all the activities listed to win!

And Finally, Folding!:Watch a video tutorial on folding napkins to look like turkeys, or follow a visual guide to making origami turkeys out of paper.

We’ll have lots more activity ideas posting on Facebook over the weekend–so join us there (@lawrencePTObrookline) and stay tuned!
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