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Thanksgiving. By: Angela Kessel, Steven Holliday, Brittany Allen, and Chelsie Slater. Unit/Lesson: Thanksgiving. First Grade. History Activities Websites People in Societies Activities Websites Geography Activities Websites Economics Activities Websites. Government Activities

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thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

By: Angela Kessel, Steven Holliday, Brittany Allen, and Chelsie Slater

table of contents
History

Activities

Websites

People in Societies

Activities

Websites

Geography

Activities

Websites

Economics

Activities

Websites

Government

Activities

Websites

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

Activities

Websites

Social Studies Skills and Methods

Activities

Websites

Table of Contents:
history standard
History Standard
  • Students use materials drawn from the diversity of human experience to analyze and interpret significant events, patterns, and themes in the history of Ohio, the United States, and the world.
history activities
History Activities:
  • Have children interview an older adult to see how Thanksgiving was celebrated when they were young.
  • Read Pilgrims First Thanksgiving By: Ann Mcgovern and Elroy Freem and write about how the Thanksgiving in the book is different than the Thanksgiving they know today.
  • Have children place the events of the first Thanksgiving in order on a timeline. If they have trouble allow them to look at the book Pilgrims First Thanksgiving By: Ann Mcgovern and Elroy Freem.
  • Have children write a story about how it would have felt to have been a pilgrim child at that time and what they would have done.
  • Compare and contrast the needs of the pilgrims to the needs that we have today.
history websites
History Websites
  • Plymouth and its History
  • The Thanksgiving Story
  • Thanksgiving Traditions
  • Children on the Mayflower
  • Thanksgiving Printables
people in societies standard
People in Societies Standard
  • Students use knowledge of perspectives, practices and products of cultural, ethnic and social groups to analyze the impact of their commonality and diversity within local, national, regional and global settings.
people in societies activities
People in Societies Activities
  • How do different families celebrate Thanksgiving?
  • Students interview their families to find out about traditions.
  • Life at Plymouth
  • Students sort what they know about the pilgrims into categories after hearing two stories.
  • Journal about their favorite part of the day at Plymouth.
  • Mini classroom museum.
  • Have children bring in items that the Pilgrims or Indians would have used to share with the class.
  • Newspaper articleabout the very first Thanksgiving.
people in societies website
People in Societies Website
  • www.teach-nology.com
  • www.teachervision.com
  • www.pbs.org
  • www.lessonplanspage.com
  • www.sitesforteachers.com
geography standard
Geography Standard
  • Students use knowledge of geographic locations, patterns and processes to show the interrelationship between the physical environment and human activity, and to explain the interactions that occur in an increasingly interdependent world.
geography activities
Geography Activities
  • Students will use a map to locate Plymouth, MA, the Hudson River, Cape Cod, Holland, and England.
  • Students will use modeling clay to create a landmark that commemorates both the Pilgrims and the Indians perspectives.
  • Students create a mural of either the Pilgrim settlement or the Native American settlement.
  • Students compare the way of living in 1621 to the way they live now.
  • Students create a ceremony similar to the Native American Ceremony where children were presented with names.
geography websites
Geography Websites
  • www.apples4theteacher.com
  • www.socialstudiesforkids.com
  • www.proteacher.com
  • www.sfsocialstudies.com
  • www.theteacherscorner.net
economic standard
Economic Standard
  • Students use economic reasoning skills and knowledge of major economic concepts, issues and systems in order to make informed choices as producers, consumers, savers, investors, workers and citizens in an interdependent world.
economics activities
Economics Activities
  • Using the website: have the children follow the web quest.
  • Have a Fall Feast to celebrate Thanksgiving. However, once the feast begins, you realize there isn’t enough food. Divide the food up evenly and have children barter for their favorite foods.
  • Five Kernels of Corn: (A New England Tradition) In this activity, have the children brainstorm ideas of if they had to ration out food, what would they ration? What food would it be?
  • Play a Turkey Scavenger Hunt.
  • Guess how many acorns are in the jar!
economics websites
Economics Websites
  • http://teacher.scholastic.com/thanksgiving/feast/index.htm
  • http://www.holidays.net/thanksgiving/pilgrims.htm
  • http://www.crewsnest.vispa.com/thanksgivingusa.htm
  • http://teach.fcps.net/Webquests/Patchwork_Quilt/colonial_adventure.htm
  • http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/MonsonUnits/amychr/index.htm#Five%20Kernels
government standard
Government Standard
  • Students use knowledge of the purposes, structures and processes of political systems at the local, state, national and international levels in order to understand that people create systems of government as structures of power and authority to provide order, maintain stability and promote the general welfare.
government activities
Government Activities
  • Read If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann Mcgovern, and have the children discuss the government the Pilgrims were trying to escape and how the government was here.
  • Every society has rules. Brainstorm a list of rules the Indians and the Pilgrims would have obeyed.
  • Have students fill out worksheet and color it in.
  • Have students write thank you letters to parents, teachers, etc…
  • Have students brainstorm symbols that represent Thanksgiving. Place symbols in Pilgrim hat or bonnet.
government websites
Government Websites
  • http://content.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplan.jsp?id=594
  • http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/the_pilgrims__first_thanksgivi.html#PilgrimsFirstThanksgiving
  • http://www.annieshomepage.com/thanksgivinghistory.html
  • http://www.learningpage.com/pages/memberpdfs/monthly_sets/fall_fun/giving-thanks/LPff06gt_06.pdf
  • http://www.learningpage.com/pages/memberpdfs/monthly_sets/fall_fun/thankfultimes/LPfftt_06.pdf
citizenship rights and responsibilities standard
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Standard
  • Students use knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in order to examine and evaluate civic ideals and to participate in community life and the American democratic system.
citizenship rights and responsibilities activities
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Activities
  • Have the children participate in a “Pilgrims” lunch demonstrating the importance of fairness and treating others the way you want to be treated.
  • Have the children develop a list of rules that the pilgrims may have needed when they started their new colony.
  • After the children have developed their rules, have them come up with consequences to rules that may be broken in their classroom for reflection to the pilgrims.
  • Have the children compare what the traits of a citizen are today versus a citizen back with the pilgrims.
  • Read the book Thanksgiving on Thursday, by Mary Pope Osborne. After reading the book, have the children make a chart of all the things that needed to be done as a community to make the first thanksgiving successful; i.e. cleaning, cooking, etc.
citizenship rights and responsibilities websites
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Websites
  • The History of Thanksgiving
  • Brain pop
  • Education World
  • Family Education
  • Fun Social Studies
social studies skills and methods standard
Social Studies Skills and Methods Standard
  • Students collect, organize, evaluate and synthesize information from multiple sources in order to draw logical conclusions. Students communicate this information using appropriate social studies technology in oral, written or multimedia form and apply what they have learned to societal issues in simulated or real-world settings.
social studies skills and methods activities
Social Studies Skills and Methods Activities
  • After reading the book, Thanksgiving on Thursday, by Mary Pope Osborne, have the children get into small groups and make lists of things they learned form the book about thanksgiving.
  • Have children design flyers for their Pilgrims lunch to communicate what it is about and why they are having it.
  • Have a member of the historical society come in and present a message on the first thanksgiving to the children.
  • When developing the tasks lists that need to be done for thanksgiving, have the students determine a category for each task to fall under.
  • After reading several books on the subject of thanksgiving, have the children discuss the main ideas about thanksgiving and why our country celebrates it as a holiday.
social studies skills and methods websites
Social Studies Skills and Methods Websites
  • Game Quarium
  • Primary Games
  • Kileenroos
  • Brain Pop Jr.
  • Social Studies Classroom
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