Thanksgiving Teacher Resources
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Vocab-u-lous! Build a Fabulous Vocab: Thanksgiving
In this Thanksgiving vocabulary worksheet, students select the best choice to complete the sentence about Thanksgiving. The worksheet challenges students with complex words.
In this Thanksgiving instructional activity, students compete the Thanksgiving crossword puzzle. There are 13 clues provided at the bottom of the page for students to use to solve the puzzle.
In this Thanksgiving worksheet, students write short answer questions on how to handle situations on Thanksgiving, what food they would eat, and more. Students complete 5 questions.
Thanksgiving - Defining Words
Students, introduced to the American holiday of Thanksgiving, explore the origins of Thanksgiving, define words that are used in association with Thanksgiving, and explore the themes surrounding Thanksgiving in American society.
Students research the first Thanksgiving and practice writing first person narratives as they create a digital story about a passenger on the Mayflower and the harvest that took place in 1621.
A Thanksgiving Feast
Students compare a Thanksgiving feast of today to the Thanksgiving feast of 1621. They analyze information to write a Rebus story about a Thanksgiving feast of today of the Thanksgiving feast of 1621. Pupils describe a typical Thanksgiving celebrated at their homes.
The first Thanksgiving
Third graders see the differences between the first Thanksgiving and the present day Thanksgiving. They create a menu for a Thanksgiving dinner after listening to a short article and helping the teacher create a Venn diagram. Students are asked: "What does your family do for Thanksgiving?"
First graders gain knowledge about the first Thanksgiving, how the pilgrims lived and the differences between our Thanksgiving today and the Thanksgivings of the past. They recognize different parts of the word Thanksgiving.
Students are introduced to the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving. The lesson plan can be adapted to all ages and levels of English production ability. They recognize and define words associated with Thanksgiving.
A Thanksgiving Reflection: Belonging: Who is Missing from Our Table?
Students explore the concept of inclusion. For this diversity skills lesson, students read accounts from teens regarding exclusion and discuss their own experiences. Students discuss ways that the United States excludes and includes strangers.
The Controversial Thanksgiving
Twelfth graders construct their own presentations on Thanksgivings, and then give group presentations on their Thanksgiving celebration with each group member participating in giving a certain aspect of their culture's or family's way of "giving thanks.&qu
Thanksgiving Coupon Book
Learners discuss the history of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. They then create coupon books in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday to give to someone whom they are thankful.
Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension
In this Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension worksheet students will read a passage about the history of the holiday and answer 10 multiple choice questions and 1 short answer question.
Imagine Me at the First Thanksgiving
Students imagine what they think the First Thanksgiving was like and then draw a picture of themselves at the First Thanksgiving for a class book.
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit
Students explain the origins of Thanksgiving. As a class, they list all the meanings, stories, and images that come into their minds when they hear the word "Thanksgiving." After reading about Thanksgiving, pairs of students create 4 quilt pieces that illustrate and explain the first Thanksgiving. The quilt pieces are put together for display on the bulleting board.
Why Do We Have Thanksgiving?
Students investigate the change in the Thanksgiving holiday over time. They research the Native Americans and Pilgrims to find out how their relationship affected the holiday. They create a PowerPoint presentation using digital cameras that shows the results of their research.
In this Thanksgiving crossword puzzle, students are given 11 clues about Thanksgiving and are asked to find a word for each clue. Students must fit the word correctly into the crossword structure.
The Wampanoag Indians: A Thanksgiving Lesson
Spark some lively conversation about American holiday traditions and debunk accepted notions about the first Thanksgiving at the same time. After reviewing the mainstream version of the Thanksgiving story with your class, offer some background information (provided) that incorporates the point of view of the Wampanoag nation. Then partners work together to complete a worksheet in conjunction with the Children's Museum of Boston website (also provided).
The Wampanoag Indians: A Thanksgiving Lesson
Students examine the culture of the Wampanoag Indians. They consider the background of Thanksgiving and what the holiday means to them today. Students access the Museum of Boston's excellent website, then complete a worksheet imbedded in this plan which leads to a greater understanding of the first Thanksgiving from the Native American's perspective.
Seventh graders listen to stories about Thanksgiving, free-associate with list of specific words, and combine words on their lists to to write poems, letters, or descriptive pieces containing their responses, with illustrations.