Thanksgiving 2—The Pilgrim Story and My Immigrant Story

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The tradition of the First Thanksgiving is really a story of immigration. Connect the feelings and customs of the early Pilgrims to the experiences of the immigrants in your class with an introduction to the 13 colonies, the Mayflower, and the pursuit for religious freedom.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the teacher notes and guided practice to craft your curriculum
  • Bring the worksheet into an existing lesson on Thanksgiving
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a three-lesson unit on the First Thanksgiving
  • Designed for beginning English learners
  • Requires a wall map of the world and the United States
  • Extension activity is designed for learners who immigrated to the United States, but can be adapted to discuss the immigration of their relatives or ancestors
Pros

  • Provides clear and scaffolded instruction for English learners, introducing them to customs that may be unfamiliar
  • Includes an answer key to the worksheet
Cons

  • None