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HS Being Thankful

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

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Pictures of children following rules Placemats Thanksgiving foods Cornucopia Grocery Store Ads Feathers Pictures of People Using Their Manners (shaking hands, using sign language for please, thank you, sharing, etc) Thank You Cards Homemade Book with Courtesy Words in different languages Cards with Courtesy Words on them Blocks with Courtesy Words attached to them Plastic Tea Set Thankful Jar

Teaching Concepts for Large Group

1.  What are good manners? How can we use them in our classroom and at home? *  Discuss saying please when asking to do something or for something and to say thank you after someone has done something for you or given you what you asked for. *  Discuss saying “yes ma'am” and “no mam” also “yes sir” and “no sir” *  Discuss the importance of sharing with others *  Discuss the importance of not interrupting others when they are talking *  Discuss when to say “excuse me”  and “I’m sorry” 2.  How can we be polite to others that cannot hear? What about in other languages? *  Demonstrate the sign language of please and thank you. 3.  How can we use puppets demonstrate manners? *  Let the children role play with the puppets in different centers demonstrating manners. 4.  What are table manners? *  Demonstrate, role play, or use puppets to give different scenarios on table manners. 5.  What is something nice we can say to each classmate? *  Let the children go around the room complimenting one another.  Give examples like: “I like the way Jessica is sitting”, “I like how Bryan always has a smile on his face”, or “I like the pink shirt Kaylee has on today.” 6.  How do we show we are thankful? 7. What are we grateful for? At circle time do a complete a gratitude activity. Gather everyone in a circle and take turns shouting, “I’m thankful for _______ !” as loudly as you can. This energetic activity is exhilarating and inspiring.  8.  Play the “Thankful Chain” game. In this game, children take turns thinking of why someone or something is thankful for another someone or something. Example: Dogs are thankful for people who pet them. People who pet dogs are thankful for grass. Grass is thankful for flowers. Flowers are thankful for bees. Bees are thankful for summer. Summer is thankful for bare-footed children. Bare-footed children are thankful for sprinklers.

Teaching Concepts for Small Group

1. Role play – use this as an extension from the role play completed at Circle Time. 2.  Draw pictures of children using manners. 3.  Match pictures with words. Examples:  Share – picture of children sharing a toy.  Pass – picture of child passing something at the table.  Thank you – a picture of a child saying thank you in Sign Language. 4.  Decorate a “Thankful Tree” 5.  Decorate "Thank You" cards and have the children give them to someone special.


Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL 1.Taking Turns Back and forth, back and forth On the swing I go This is how I take my turn Swinging fast and slow. Back and forth, back and forth I think I’d better stop Now it’s time to share this toy So off it I will hop. Up and down, up and down On the bouncing horse I go. This is how I take my turn, Bouncing fast and slow. Up and down, up and down, I think I’d better stop. Now it’s time to share this toy, So off it I will hop. 2. We Share (tune of Twinkle Twinkle) We share all our blocks and toys With the other girls and boys Crayons, scissors, paint and glue, Puzzles, books and table too. We take turns because it’s fair And we’re happy when we share 3. Thank You My hands say thank you With a clap, clap, clap. My feet say thank you With a tap, tap, tap. Clap, clap, clap. Tap, tap, tap. I turn around, Touch the ground, And with a bow, I say…Thank you , now 4. Manners (tune of Hickory Dickory Dock) Cover your mouth when you cough Cover your mouth when you sneeze If you cough or if you sneeze Cover your mouth if you please. 5. Good Manners by Shaun Brown 6. Manners We say, “Thank you.” We say, “Please.” We don’t interrupt or tease. We don’t argue. We don’t fuss. We listen when folks talk to us. We share our toys and take our turn. Good manners aren’t too hard to  It’s really easy, when you find. Good manners means JUST BEING KIND! 7. Share Your Toys (tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat) Share, Share , share your toys, share them with your friends It’s so much fun to share your toys, sharing has no end. 8. Thank You (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It) When my grandpa gives me something, I say “thank you”. When my grandma gives me something, I say “thank you”. I can see it makes them happy When I say it so politely Yes, good manners mean to always say “thank you”! If I spill my drink at lunch I say “I’m sorry”. When I break something of yours I say “I’m sorry”. I can see it makes you happy When I say to so politely. Yes, good manners mean to always say “I’m sorry”! If I bump into someone I say “excuse me”. If I need to interrupt I say “excuse me”. I can see it makes people happy When I say it so politely Yes, good manners mean to always say “excuse me”! 9. Three Nice Mice (3 blind mice) 3 Nice Mice 3 Nice Mice See how nice they are see how nice they are They’re always polite when they nibble their cheese they never forget to say thank you and please they cover their noses whenever they sneeze ahhh ahhh ahhh-choo (pretend sneeze) 3 nice mice 3 nice mice 10. Never, Never Pick Your Nose Pick a flower Pick a rose Pick a treat Or pick your toes Pick some buttons Pick some bows Pick some jeans Or fancy clothes Pick some friends Or pick some foes But never, ever PICK YOUR NOSE!! YECH! 11. Manners Matter Everywhere Manners matter they really do. Like a mirror they reflect on you. So use your manners everyday, No matter where you work or play. When you meet someone you say “How do you do?” In Spain, “Como estas?”. In China, “Ni hao wan.” In France, “Comment se vas?” When you want something you say “Please”. In Spain, “por favor”, In China, “Chi’in”. In France, “si vous plait” When you get something you say “Thank you” In Spain, “gracias”. In China “Shi shi nee” In France, “merci” In Hindi, thank you’s “Tun ya vad”. In Japanese, “Duomo” In Farsi, “Mamood”. You’re welcome, “Da nada” in Spanish. In Japanese, “Dou itashimashite”. In French, “Je vous en prie”. In Farsi, “Hahesh minkonam”. 12. Please and Thank You If you’d like a cup of juice Cha cha cha Or to go outside and play Cha cha cha And you’d like a yummy cookie Cha cha cha Tell me what do you say Please Now when I hand you your juice Cha cha cha Or take you out to play Cha cha cha Or I give you that cookie Cha cha cha Tell me what do you say Thank you Gracias or thank you Por favor or please Manners are important To live in harmony Gracias or thank you Por favor or please MANNERS ARE IMPORTANT SO LET’S REMEMBER THESE CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays 1. Where is Thumbkin? 2. Oh, Before I Eat My Meals (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know it) Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands, (scrub, scrub) Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands, (scrub, scrub) Oh, it’s very smart I think, Sends those germs right down the sink. Oh, before I eat my meals, I wash my hands. (scrub, scrub) Oh, before I eat my meals, I set my place, (set, set) Oh, before I eat my meals, I set my place, (set, set) I set everything I need, I feel very proud, indeed. Oh, before I eat my meals, I set my place. (set, set) Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food, (pass the plate) Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food, (pass the plate) ‘Cause we know it’s only fair For us all to have our share Oh, before I eat my meals, I pass the food. Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences 1. Simon Says Please… 2. Sharing Obstacle Course 3. Manners Police (go around playground and write tickets to those who are not using their manners) CLASS Concepts While you want to encourage young children to be courteous and understand what sharing is, they also need to know what is okay to share and what shouldn’t be shared. Label boxes with HEALTHY TO SHARE and NOT HEALTHY TO SHARE, and provide items such as pencils, crayons, stickers, erasers, toys, tissues, hairbrushes, lip balms, toothbrushes, straws, etc. Observe and help children to decide where each item belongs and why.  You could use this to connect how and why we use our “yuck bucket” in the classroom.


Teaching Concepts for Distance Learning


Homemade music

Use old coffee cans, make sure there are no rough edges. Remove paper around can and allow child/children to decorate it any way they desire. Tape/glue lid in place and use this as drum. Create different rhythms, beats, or try to repeat sounds played from their favorite songs.

Take plastic two plastic spoons, dried rice, beans, sand or beads. With a spoon place dried material in a spoon place second spoon on top and tape together, children can color the spoons to their desire. Create different rhythms, beats, or try to repeat sounds played from their favorite songs. Use these instruments while playing


 Manners Matter Everywhere Manners matter they really do. Like a mirror they reflect on you. So use your manners everyday, No matter where you work or play. When you meet someone you say “How do you do?” In Spain, “Como estas?”. In China, “Ni hao wan.” In France, “Comment se vas?” When you want something you say “Please”. In Spain, “por favor”, In China, “Chi’in”. In France, “si vous plait” When you get something you say “Thank you” In Spain, “gracias”. In China “Shi shi nee” In France, “merci” In Hindi, thank you’s “Tun ya vad”. In Japanese, “Duomo” In Farsi, “Mamood”. You’re welcome, “Da nada” in Spanish. In Japanese, “Dou itashimashite”. In French, “Je vous en prie”. In Farsi, “Hahesh minkonam”.  Please and Thank You If you’d like a cup of juice Cha cha cha Or to go outside and play Cha cha cha And you’d like a yummy cookie Cha cha cha Tell me what do you say Please Now when I hand you your juice Cha cha cha Or take you out to play Cha cha cha Or I give you that cookie Cha cha cha Tell me what do you say Thank you Gracias or thank you Por favor or please Manners are important To live in harmony Gracias or thank you Por favor or please MANNERS ARE IMPORTANT SO LET’S REMEMBER THESE CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA CHA


Homemade Thank You cards

Create homemade Thank you cards with art materials that are around home.

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