Just in time for November, we’ve created a fresh, new way for students to learn about Thanksgiving! We’re calling these lesson plans, “Thanksgiving: A Living Story” because students will participate in activities that make the history of Thanksgiving meaningful and relevant to them.
1st-3rd grade students will discover the history of Thanksgiving through interactive, teacher-directed mini lessons.
During each mini-lesson, the teacher reads a script to present facts relevant to a Thanksgiving topic while showing a visual picture card. After a short class discussion, students are able to take a closer look at each of the topics and become part of the “living story” by participating in a variety of interactive activities.
During each mini-lesson, the teacher reads a script to present facts relevant to a Thanksgiving topic while showing a visual picture card.
Younger Grade Mini-lesson Topics and Activities
Lesson #1- The Mayflower: Narrated tableaus
Lesson #2- The First Winter: Pilgrim charades
Lesson #3- Samoset & Squanto: Reader’s Theater
Lesson #4- Thanksgiving Feast: Venn Diagram food sort
Lesson #5- Corn Husk Dolls
The Wampanoag children and adults made figures or dolls using corn husks. The Wampanoag people probably taught the Pilgrims how to make these dolls. Students also have the opportunity to make their own corn husk doll or Pilgrim and Native American craftivity.
After these lessons, students also have a chance to play a version of a game that Pilgrim children may have played. Our version is called Three Men’s Morris (based on Nine Men’s Morris, which was very popular at the time of the first Thanksgiving) and is similar to tic-tac-toe.
After a short class discussion, students are able to take a closer look at each topic by participating in a FUN interactive activity that solidifies their understanding.
Students will then write what they learned about the first Thanksgiving as a one page summary or complete a flip book. These lessons and activities are so engaging that we promise your students will be excited to write what they learned.
Your students will love to engage in these lessons and activities while becoming part of Thanksgiving’s “living story.” Head on over to our TPT store to get the 1st-3rd or 4th-6th grade Thanksgiving Lesson Plans today!