- Writing, Social Studies
- 50 minutes
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September 11, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas
In this lesson, students will learn about the history of Thanksgiving. They will identify things they are thankful for and then write about it!
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.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Yesterday and Today
Short O Hopper
The Meaning of Thanksgiving: A Hat Full of Thankful!
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