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In this Thanksgiving lesson, students write a list and visually present what they are thankful for by creating a placemat


Art, Language Arts, Social Studies  


2, 3, 4  

Title – Thanksgiving Placemats
By – Mara Omilinsky
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Art, Language Arts
Grade Level – 2-4

Thankful Placemats

Objective: The students will reflect on what they are thankful for, and visually present it by creating a placemat to use on their Thanksgiving table.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Construction paper with leaves
  • Construction paper with lines
  • Large construction paper in various colors
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Butcher paper



    • Teacher will instruct students to write a list of things they are thankful for.
    • Once the list is written, the students will be handed a sheet of construction paper with the outlines of four different shapes of leaves on it.
    • The students will cut out the leaves, and choose four things they are thankful for to copy down onto the leaves.


    • Once the leaves are finished, the students will be given three more sheets of construction paper; one large sheet, and two with lines on it to cut into strips.
    • Students will be instructed to fold the long sheet in half, and cut from the fold to one inch away from the edge. The teacher will model this so there are few errors.
    • Students will cut the other sheets of paper into strips along the drawn lines.
    • Students will weave the strips of paper into the large sheet of paper, creating a placemat
    • Once all strips are woven in, the students will glue the four leaves with what they are thankful for on them.


    • The students will place their placemats on a sheet of butcher paper in the back of the room to dry
    • Once all students have finished, teacher will lead a discussion with the students to talk about what they are thankful for
    • Teacher will have placemats laminated so the students may use them on their Thanksgiving table.


  • Completion of project
  • Active participation in discussion
  • How well the student follows directions


  • Safety scissors will be available
  • Lines and outlines on paper will be drawn thickly so all students can see them
  • Modeling of the project will be done

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