Students learn the origin of Thanksgiving and what the early days of the Pilgrims were like by using a participatory activity, a group discussion, and a written activity about their reasons and the Pilgrims' reasons for giving thanks.
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Giving Thanks for Food and Farms
Sarah Stewart’s The Gardener and Food from Farms by Nancy Dickmann display the importance of community farms. After reading these short picture books, class members draw connections between farms and the food we eat each day. As a...
K - 2nd English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Sourcing a Document: The First Thanksgiving
How reliable is a painting of the first Thanksgiving if it was created 300 years after the fact? Learners assess the validity of a primary source image to determine what it can actually reveal about this event.
3rd - 7th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
What state consumes the most turkey per person? Who sponsors the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City? Use the Thanksgiving holiday as an opportunity for learners to develop their research skills with this fun Internet...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Exploring/Comparing Pilgrim Children: Molly's Pilgrim
The fabulous book, Molly's Pilgrim is the centerpiece of this sociology lesson plan. Third graders will explore how pilgrims from the past are alike and different from pilgrims of today. After hearing the book read to them, small groups...
3rd English Language Arts
Thinking About Thanksgiving: Four Lessons Across the Curriculum
Bring two integrated curriculum resources about Thanksgiving to an elementary social studies unit. The first activity focuses on Squanto's contributions to the early Pilgrims' survival with a gardening activity in which learners add fish...
K - 8th Science
First Thanksgiving Teacher's Guide
Learners research information about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, the Plymouth Colony, the Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving. They take an online tour of the Mayflower, interpret timelines, create a postcard, and compare and contrast the...
K - 8th Social Studies & History
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...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History