Students and teachers at used the holiday season as a learning tool for their elementary school students.
Teachers Maria Costanza, Sharon Smith, Suzanne Boehm and Christina Karayiannis put together a Thanksgiving-based unit of study that included math, science, reading and writing for their first and fourth grade students in an effort to integrate the curriculum and encourage students of different ages to work together towards a common goal.
Costanza and Smith taught their fourth-grade students how to use persuasive language in their writing in order to successfully argue in favor of a Thanksgiving celebration for their friends and neighbors in other classes.
Through careful planning and use of correct vocabulary, each student presented a persuasive essay containing arguments that neither teacher could refute. Meanwhile, Boehm and Karayiannis worked with students on sequencing activities, reading books about cooking and writing reflection pieces intended to prepare them for the work that they would be doing.