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Title: Thanksgiving


1
By Christina Millard Elizabeth Millard
2
Rationale
  • This unit plan is for a fourth or fifth grade
    class.
  • Whether you choose to celebrate the arrival of
    Thanksgiving Day with prayers, family feasts,
    parades, or football games you will no doubt
    agree that the American celebration of this
    holiday began with a group of Pilgrims at
    Plymouth, Massachusetts in the year 1620.
    Therefore, it is important for students to
    understand the events and coming of the holiday
    we call Thanksgiving.

3
Objectives
  1. The students will be able to identify and tell
    the significance of events that occurred, such as
    the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock.
  2. Students will be able to tell about the original
    Thanksgiving Meal.
  3. Students will be able to tell about the
    traditions of Thanksgiving today compared to
    three hundred years ago.

4
American Heritage
5
Activities
  • Have the students read various poems about
    Thanksgiving and tell the meaning of each poem.
  • Create a class scrapbook of Thanksgiving.
  • Discuss events leading to the Pilgrimage.

6
Activities (cont.)
  1. View a film, such as Pilgrims, which tells
    about the first years in America.
  2. Have the students read a book about Thanksgiving
    and why we celebrate it the way we do.

7
Web Sites
  • http//www.night.net/thanksgiving/
  • http//www.2020tech.com/thanks/temp.html
  • http//www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/thanks/index.htm
    l
  • http//www.canturkey.ca/trivia.htm
  • http//www.pbs.org/newshour/thanksgiving/

8
People in Societies
9
Activities
  1. Talk about Native Americans roles during the
    Thanksgiving celebration.
  2. Discuss who the Separatists were and why they
    are now known as another group.
  3. Have the students make Pilgrim and Indian
    centerpieces.

10
Activities (cont.)
  • Have the students write a story about Samoset and
    Squanto. How did they play an important role
    with the Pilgrims.
  • Discuss George Washingtons and Abraham Lincolns
    contribution to Thanksgiving.

11
Web Sites
  • http//family.go.com/Categories/Activities/Feature
    s/family_0101_01/famf/famf010101_fffowl/
  • http//www.aitech.ac.jp/iteslj/cw/1/af-thanks.htm
    l
  • http//www.night.net/thanksgiving/games11.html-ssi
  • http//4thanksgiving.4anything.com/
  • http//www.geocities.com/perkinshome/thanksgiving
    .html

12
World Interactions
13
Activities
  • View an exhibit of maps, pictures, and objects of
    the Pilgrims and the Mayflower.
  • Read and discuss why the church of England pushed
    the Pilgrims to America.
  • Have a class discussion of how the world today
    views Thanksgiving.

14
Activities (cont.)
  • Watch Charlie Browns Thanksgiving.
  • Have the students write a report about how the
    ways of the Pilgrims have helped America and
    other parts of the world survive our land.

15
Web Sites
  • http//www.annieshomepage.com/thanksgiving.html
  • http//www.entourages.com/barbs/thanksgiving.htm
  • http//www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/7214/can
    ada.htm
  • http//www.festivals.com/11-November/thanksgiving/
  • http//www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ridge/5427/givi
    ngthanks.html

16
Decision Making and Resources
17
Activities
  1. Examine how England reacted to the Separatists
    leaving for America.
  2. Compare the Thanksgiving of today to the original
    Thanksgiving.
  3. Explain how the Pilgrims learned about new crops
    from the Native Americans who lived in
    Massachusetts.

18
Activities
  1. Have the students make cornucopias.
  2. Talk about the significance of turkey on
    Thanksgiving and whether it was a necessary
    resource on the first Thanksgiving.

19
Web Sites
  • http//www.geocities.com/Petsburgh/Haven/3646/than
    ks.html
  • http//www.geocities.com/Heartland/Fields/3564/Tha
    nksgivingPage.htm
  • http//skbeck.home.att.net/thanksgiving/
  • http//www.geocities.com/Heartland/Fields/8616/Tha
    nksgiving/thanksgiving.html
  • http//charlene.cyber-crew.com/holidays/thanks.htm
    l

20
Democratic Processes
21
Activities
  • Explain how the Pilgrims were treated.
  • Explain how the Indians were treated by the
    Pilgrims.
  • Explain how the women were treated on the first
    Thanksgiving.

22
Activities (cont.)
  1. Make a typical sand table or model of an early
    Pilgrim settlement.
  2. What was Lincolns intent on making Thanksgiving a
    national holiday? Have the students refer to the
    Civil War.

23
Web Sites
  • http//www.geocities.com/Heartland/2328/tkgiving.h
    tm
  • http//www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/5892/Tha
    nks.html
  • http//gonewengland.about.com/travel/gonewengland/
    library/blcornucopia.htm
  • http//www.geocities.com/Heartland/Creek/5692/than
    ksgi.htm
  • http//members.tripod.com/ThunderQueen/index.html

24
Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
25
Activities
  1. Talk about the Church of England and is it right
    to make people worship one certain way.
  2. Compare and contrast the rights of Pilgrims verse
    todays Americans.
  3. What were the womens responsibilities of the
    first Thanksgiving.

26
Activities (cont.)
  • Draw a picture depicting the scene of the first
    Thanksgiving, including the roles of men and
    women.
  • Explain the responsibilities of the Presidents
    involvements in Thanksgiving.

27
Web Sites
  • http//members.aol.com/calebj/thanksgiving.html
  • http//www.holidays.net/thanksgiving/
  • http//holidays.bfn.org/thanksgiving/
  • http//www.wilstar.com/holidays/thanksgv.htm
  • http//home.ican.net/marlatt/craig/thanksgiving.h
    tml

28
Conclusion
  • This unit will have helped the students to
    appreciate the Pilgrims as people. To conclude
    this unit on Thanksgiving the class could have a
    small Thanksgiving feast. During the feast the
    class could use the costumes of the forefathers.
    Also the class could dress up as Pilgrims and
    Indians.
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