Lesson Plan Topic: Thanksgiving.
Objective: Students will research the history and traditions of Thanksgiving; Students will be able to present their findings to the class and compare/contrast early Thanksgiving traditions to their own family traditions.
Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3
**Standards retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org
Preface/Teacher Notes: Teachers! We need the help of your students! Visitors from a different time and galaxy have accidentally arrived on our planet! They are having a difficult time understanding our way of life and are scared they won’t be welcomed. It is up to YOUR CLASS to teach them about who we are, our traditions, and make them feel at home. What better way to do that than to teach them all about Thanksgiving?
Using our Thanksgiving Collection, complete the following!
Step 1: Much like our out-of-this-world visitors, the Pilgrims came to the New World aboard a special ship called the Mayflower. Have students browse the collection to learn about the Mayflower: how many people did it carry? What were conditions like? How long did the trip take?
Step 2: Have students browse the collection to research what Plimouth Plantation was like and compare/contrast it to their own town/city.
Step 3: Have students browse the collection to research what the First Thanksgiving was like and how those traditions compare to what people to do celebrate the holiday today.
Step 4 (tying it all together): Now that students have researched all they need to know to help make our visitors feel at home, students can prepare their information in one of the following formats:
-Students can write letters to our visitors detailing the information above.
-Students can put on a short skit depicting what the first Thanksgiving might have looked like between the Pilgrims and Natives.
-Students can create a newspaper with various headlines/articles detailing the research.
-Students can put on a mock interview sharing the information (i.e. some students could act as Pilgrims, and other students could act as the reporters interviewing them).