Learning About Thanksgiving
Students will learn about Thanksgiving and identify three things they are thankful for.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Show students a copy of Play With Your Thanksgiving Food! and ask students if they have ever eaten this food before.
- Ask the class what holiday they normally eat this food during.
- Tell the class that today they will be learning about Thanksgiving.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Read This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story aloud to your class.
- Ask students questions throughout the story to assess prior knowledge of Thanksgiving.
- Explain to students that the first Thanksgiving served as a time to be thankful for everything the pilgrims had. Tell the students that today they will discuss things that they are thankful for.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Show students the pre-made collage containing items you are thankful for. Explain why those items are there.
- Tell the students that they will get to create their own collage of items that they are thankful for.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Give each student a copy of Write and Draw paper and write the phrase "I am thankful for _____."
- Have students collect 10 pictures of items that represent things they are thankful for. They should glue them in the draw section of the paper.
- Have students identify one item in particular that they are thankful for and have them write it down to complete the sentence.
- For students needing help writing this word, write it in yellow crayon and have them trace it.
- Enrichment: Have students complete the Thanksgiving Math worksheet.
- Support: Prior to this lesson, write a note home to the parents of students who may have trouble thinking of things they are thankful for. Ask their guardians to write down a few things. This way, you can help prompt them through the lesson!
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
- BOOK: The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Have each student share their collage and share one thing they are thankful for.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Read students the book Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks and discuss what the children in the book are thankful for.
- Sit in a circle and pass a bean bag around singing the alphabet song. Whoever has the beanbag when the music stops should share their favorite part about Thanksgiving Day.