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Thank You Day

Students and teacher share the book "Thank You Day" by Farrah McDoogle. Students draw pictures of people they would like to thank and glue small “Thank You” notes to the picture. The student or teacher can write the name of the person being thanked inside the card. The teacher will discuss the drawings with each student and write on the back of the paper who is being thanked and why.

  • Kindergarten
    Pre-Kindergarten
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Share Farrah McDoogle's book "Thank You Day" with students as a read aloud. Allow time for students to view and comment on the illustrations. Discuss the roles of author and illustrator in the telling of a story.
    2. Encourage students to ask and answer questions about details in the text. Discuss the saying “Thank You.” When do they use this phrase? What does it mean? Students suggest people they would like to thank for something.
    3. Next, students will act as illustrators and draw a picture of a person they would like to thank. Students choose a sheet of 9” x 12” (228 mm x 304 mm) construction paper. They write their names on papers and turn them over so names are on back.
    4. Invite students to draw their pictures using Crayola Construction Paper Crayons. Encourage them to include detail in their artwork.
    5. Distribute folded index cards with the phrase “Thank You” written on them. Have students glue these cards to their pictures using Crayola Washable Glue Sticks and decorate the cards with Crayola Metallic Markers.
    6. Have students discuss their artwork and encourage them to tell the stories about the person being thanked. An adult can document the oral stories on back of each picture.
    7. Display student work prominently in the classroom.
  • Standards

    LA: With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

    VA: Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.

    VA: Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.

  • Adaptations

    This project can be used for Family Day or National Family Month; students can choose a family member to thank.

    Students make their own books with stories and illustrations of people to thank.

    Students use Crayola Colored Pencils to create more original "Thank You" notes.

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