Lesson Plan

The First Thanksgiving Feast

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Following an online activity, scholars listen to a read-aloud of If You Were at the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma. Pupils discuss their family traditions and complete a T-chart comparing the holiday then and now. Collages are made to reflect the first Thanksgiving.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Add resources that focus on the Native American's experience during the first Thanksgiving
  • Display collages around the classroom, in the school's office, or cafeteria
  • Recreate a large T-chart, add participants' responses for all to view during the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • View the materials list to find which items are mandatory or optional
  • Third and final lesson that examines the first Thanksgiving
  • Make sure you have enough devices with an internet connection
  • Includes cooperative learning strategies
  • Offers lesson extensions
  • Learners can work independently, with a partner, or in small groups
  • The lesson is one-sided