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Portal Projects - Give Thanks!

Welcome to Portals Projects! Each week we share projects that foster community building, creative thinking, problem-solving and character development. Invite your student(s) to pick a project that interests them to work on for a day or a week. Encourage them to share their plans, products or performances with the Portals community so we can all celebrate and grow together.


Week 11 - Gratitude

Col. 2:7 being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.



Thanksgiving Experiment

Conduct a community thanksgiving experiment by setting up a public display of some sort that invites community members to share what they are grateful for. You could set it up at your church, family business, local library, or even your neighborhood sidewalk. The objective is to see how many people take a moment to share their thanks without being directly asked. For example, you might set out some chalk and a sign for people to draw /write what they are thankful for on the sidewalk or driveway of your home.


Thankful Turkey

Play Thankful Turkey. You are your town’s Thankful Turkey and your goal is to deliver thanks to as many local businesses and services as possible. You start by going to your favorite business or service and delivering an unsigned Thank you card. You ask that business or service what is one other company in town they are grateful for, and invite them to write an anonymous Thank you note. Then you deliver the note to that business and invite them to write one for a business they are grateful for and so on. See how much gratitude you can spread!



Challenge: Help! The turkey needs to escape, but can’t do it alone! Use your creativity and imagination to design your turkey and then build a device to transport it to safety.


Suggested Materials:

Turkey: 1 paper plate, 1 paper cup, 1 tennis ball or golf ball, cardboard, construction paper, crayons/markers, legos, tape

Transporter: String (10 feet), 1 chopstick, 4 straws, 1 empty ribbon spool, 2 cardboard tubes, 6 paper clips, tape


Time: 30 minutes


First Thanksgiving

This will be the first Thanksgiving for my new neighbor from another country. They are feeling pretty homesick. What is an example of a Thanksgiving meal I could make that combines dishes from their country with ingredients that are native to North America?


Criteria solution:

  • Another country’s celebratory dishes

  • North American foods and ingredients

Dig in!

Imagine you are an explorer and you have discovered a new land. The natives give you food to eat that you’ve never seen before. Write a recipe for this dish that includes a picture, how it tastes, how it smells, how it was served to you (cooked, raw, cut up, etc.) and any side effects you experience from eating it. It can be as realistic or fantastical as you want.


Submit your project

Email your pictures, videos, links to Portals Hub Support. Please call or email hub support if you need help submitting.


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