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Happy Thanksgiving!

At this very moment, kids and teachers in Clarke County are in the midst of enjoying a full week of Thanksgiving vacation.

Actually, Mr. Brooks’ class of 3rd graders was quick to remind me last Thursday morning that, with a weekend on each end of the five-day stretch, our total vacation time is in fact nine days instead of just a week. Smart kiddos! 🙂

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays–and it would be even if I weren’t blogging from home in my cozy flannel PJs right now–because it’s a holiday that focuses on gratitude, on sharing, on family, on love.

To reflect on this idea, several classes in the library last week used the Gone Google Story Builder to create videos sharing the things in their lives that they were grateful for.

Click the logo to try it out!

Visit these links to view each class’s video:

Mr. Brooks’ 3rd Grade Class (Group 1)
Mr. Brooks’ 3rd Grade Class (Group 2)

Mrs. Favors’ 2nd Grade Class (Group 1)
Mrs. Favors’ 2nd Grade Class (Group 2)

Ms. Carrithers’ 4th Grade Class (Group 1)
Ms. Carrithers’ 4th Grade Class (Group 2)
Ms. Carrithers’ 4th Grade Class (Group 3)

Ms. Beaman’s 3rd Grade Class (Group 1)
Ms. Beaman’s 3rd Grade Class (Group 2)

Students loved seeing their responses transformed into the Gone Google video format (complete with fun onscreen edits and musical accompaniment), and I loved getting a first-hand glimpse of what these Tree Frogs were thankful for.

Now that I’ve had the chance to play around with this engaging, interactive resource, I can’t wait to see what else our kids can do with it.

I’m grateful, now and always, to live in a world of possibility.

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