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The First Thanksgiving

A first grade lesson teaching students aspects of the first Thanksgiving.

Lauren StJernquist

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of The First Thanksgiving

A First Grade Lesson Series The First Thanksgiving Introduction Credits This lesson is about the first Thanksgiving, allowing students to learn where Thanksgiving came from. It is geared toward first graders and explores pilgrims and indians. This series of lessons includes virtual field trips that are sure to capture the attention of the class.

Non-Fiction Book of Exploration:
The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward

Historical Fiction Books of Exploration:
Samuel Eaton's Day by Kate Waters
Sarah Morton's Day by Kate Waters The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward
Samuel Eaton's Day by Kate Waters
Sarah Morton's Day by Kate Waters
Large Venn Diagram (chart paper)
Large KWL Chart (chart paper)
Copy of venn diagrams for each student
Computer for each student or pair to explore scholastic.com
Story Paper
Story Rubric
Supplemental Texts for Book Bins Resources and Materials The class will create a KWL chart- Fill out the "Know" and "Want to know" section. This will let the teacher know the extent of background knowledge.

The students will also listen to a recording of Arthur's Thanksgiving to generate interest. Before Reading As teacher reads aloud from The First Thanksgiving, he/she will stop at corresponding parts of text to take virtual Smartboard tours of the Mayflower and Plymouth Plantation

Following this reading, the teacher will read aloud parts from Samuel Eaton's Day and Sarah Morton's Day as supplemental information of pilgrim's lives during the time of the first Thanksgiving. As information is read, students will offer information to be put into two Venn Diagrams: one in comparison of boy/girl pilgrim lives, one in comparison of pilgrim/indian lives.

Virtual Field Trips Website: http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/
Plantation Trip- http://bcove.me/pqbqqkq0
Venn Diagram Template:
http://content.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/l/lessonplans_graphicorg_pdfs_venndiagram.pdf During Reading... "Arthur's Thanksgiving." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/>.

Bridwell, Norman. Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit. New York: Scholastic, 1993. Print.

Dougherty, Brandi, and Kirsten Richards. The Littlest Pilgrim. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.

Hayward, Linda, and James Watling. The First Thanksgiving. New York: Random House, 1990. Print.

Osborne, Mary Pope., and Sal Murdocca. Thanksgiving on Thursday. New York: Random House, 2002. Print.

Pilkey, Dav. 'Twas the Night before Thanksgiving. New York: Orchard, 1990. Print.

Shore, Diane ZuHone., and Megan Lloyd. This Is the Feast. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008. Print.

"The First Thanksgiving Student Activities for Grades PreK-12 | Scholastic.com." The First Thanksgiving Student Activities for Grades PreK-12 | Scholastic.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/>.

Waters, Kate, and Russ Kendall. Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy. New York: Scholastic, 1993. Print.

Waters, Kate, and Russ Kendall. Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl. New York: Scholastic, 1989. Print. The Rubric for the Pilgrim or Indian Story:

Rubric During computer lab time, students will explore scholastic website to dive into virtual tours, listen to Thanksgiving readings, and scroll through scrapbooks of pictures.
Classroom book bins will be filled with supplemental Thanksgiving texts for them to explore

Some Book Bin Extras Should Include:
Arthur's Thanksgiving by Marc Brown
Clifford's Thanksgiving Day Visit by Norman Bridwell
The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty
Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Osborne
Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
This is the Feast by Diane Shore Beyond Reading Students contribute new information to"Learned" section of KWL chart
Teacher has notecards with dates on them taped around the room like a timeline- students contribute information about specific years learned during readings (i.e- 1621 First Thanksgiving)
Students will then create a story from the point of view of a pilgrim boy/girl or an indian at the time of the first Thanksgiving using information in venn diagrams and classroom timeline After Reading 1620 2012 1621 2002 March (cc) image by jantik on Flickr The First Thanksgiving Mayflower Voyage Present Thanksgiving Student Name: ____________________________

Your pilgrim or Indian story includes:

Name of pilgrim or Indian

Three sentences with facts from Venn Diagram

Picture to represent story

Used capital letters and periods correctly

Word Wall/ Sight words spelled correctly

Total Number of __/5
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