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Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

A great ESL lesson focuses on Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims, and the Mayflower. Printable versions of the Mayflower, a Thanksgiving booklet, a Pilgrim house pattern, and links to other free sites that offer all sorts of Thanksgiving activities make the lesson a valuable resource.

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Classroom Considerations

  • Based on ESL standards, but applicable for any mainstream class as well
  • Lesson was written in 1998
Pros

  • Offers options for reading materials and books for classroom implementation
  • Provides several additional resources for Thanksgiving activities
Cons

  • Patterns are hand-drawn and do not look professional
Included Materials

  • Activity
  • Worksheet

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Lynn C.
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Wakefield, RI