Thanksgiving Origins

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With our Thanksgiving Origins Lesson Plan, students will be able to define Thanksgiving and explain the history of the holiday, as well as distinguish between facts and myths Thanksgiving.  Reinforce the basic rules of caution when researching online and discovering “facts” listed on the internet.  Engage creativity with a Thanksgiving menu creation activity.

Thanksgiving Origins Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Thanksgiving.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on determining the definition of Thanksgiving and explain the history of the holiday, etc.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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With our Thanksgiving Origins Lesson Plan, students will be able to define Thanksgiving and explain the history of the holiday, as well as distinguish between facts and myths Thanksgiving.  Reinforce the basic rules of caution when researching online and discovering “facts” listed on the internet.  Engage creativity with a Thanksgiving menu creation activity.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask: What word comes to your mind when I say Thanksgiving?
  2. Allow for responses and display a list of words.
  3. Since many students have some ideas about Thanksgiving, display two columns: What do you know about Thanksgiving? What don’t you know about Thanksgiving?
  4. Allow for responses. Record students’ answers. During the discussion, ask students where they may have first heard the information.
  5. Allow for responses and a discussion. Introduce the origin of Thanksgiving. Distribute Thanksgiving content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Clearly distinguish between myths and facts. Tell students there are many different “facts” listed on the Internet about Thanksgiving, and they must be careful with future research. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Give students sufficient time to complete their menus.
  7. When menus are complete, allow pairs of students to share some of their menus. Ask students why they chose some of the foods they did. Allow for responses and a class discussion.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. Explain the examples, give others if necessary. Encourage students to work with a parent or another family member for help. The next day, allow students to share some responses.
  10. In closing, ask: How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving, and what is your most thankful blessing and why?
  11. Allow for responses and discussion. Student volunteers may share a tradition from home, and something they are most thankful for in their life.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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02/16/2019
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Great!

It was great! It had all the materials needed to make this an amazing lesson!