Celebrate Thanksgiving with the simple cranberry; new free school lesson plans guide teachers, parents

Fresh cranberries and Thanksgiving are time honored holiday traditions, treasured by many families. Now, three new free elementary school lesson plans make learning about the cranberry an exploration of science, math, history, social studies and nutrition. The comprehensive plans, written for grades 2, 3 and 4, are ideal for teachers to integrate Thanksgiving into their fall plans, perfect for home schoolers and even parents who want to help kids learn and experiment at home. They are offered free on the Teachers Pay Teachers website, and on Facebook. Age-appropriate science experiments, videos, recommended books, recipes and much more are packed into each grade level curriculum. A Christmas curriculum is also being planned for distribution later this fall.

“Cranberries are special for North Americans, as they are one of a small handful of fruits that are indigenous to the continent,” says Karin Gardner, executive director of marketing for Oppy, a fresh produce grower, marketer and distributor. “They are not only highly nutritious and delicious, but their beautiful crimson color is the perfect way to usher the holidays into the home and classrooms. These courses are our way to celebrate the cranberry with teachers, kids and parents.”

To add to the fun, a new Facebook page ‘’Creating with Cranberries” has been launched. When parents or teachers use the ideas in the free curriculum and post a picture on the site, the photo will be automatically entered to win a $75 Amazon gift card! There are five $75 gift cards for teachers and five $75 gift cards for parent participants. Plus, the parent with the most “likes” will win an additional gift card for their classroom teacher. Visit “Creating with Cranberries” on Facebook for complete details.

Nothing is easier than making home-made cranberry sauce with grade-schoolers. Following is an easy recipe:


This article was released by Oppy.