Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.
But it was just over a week ago that a teacher-student came to me ask what books could I recommend for her to use in a grade 5 class about Thanksgiving.
Once there, I recommended looking at Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams (823 W6733F PIC BK). This is a picture book is about two Afghan girls living in a refugee camp who become friends when they share a single pair of flip-flops. Again, the classroom connection focused on being thankful for what we do have.
She reported back to me this past Friday that the books went over very well with her students. One student had been unaware that homelessness was prevalent in Calgary.
Mostly I really appreciated that the student was able to come up with a different way to frame Thanksgiving Day with resources that didn’t directly address the holiday. She was the one to extrapolate the bigger idea of gratitude and come up with a book that would support her idea.
For this I’m thankful – she’s on her way to becoming a creative teacher.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone.