History Channel Thanksgiving Lesson with Video, Guiding Questions, and Sensory Figures Activity

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California Social Science Content Standard 5.3 Students describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the American Indians and between the Indian nations and the new settlers

If you're searching for a fun and informative Thanksgiving activity to do with your students before the holiday, attached is a 50 minute lesson centered around History Channel's "History of Thanksgiving" that includes links, reproducibles, video, and sensory figure activity.

First, distribute the Thanksgiving Activity worksheet to students.

Download (History-Channel-Thanksgiving-Activity.pdf, PDF, Unknown)

Following the warm up questions, play "Bet You Didn't Know: Thanksgiving" and discuss with students some facts about Thanksgiving they might not have known.  If this particular video doesn't interest you, History Channel has a fantastic library of Thanksgiving related videos.

Next, instruct them to read History Channel's History of Thanksgiving and answer the guiding questions included in the worksheet.  If the link is broken, you can also download the pdf file below:

Download (History-of-Thanksgiving-Thanksgiving-HISTORY.pdf, PDF, 50KB)

At the end of the reading, distribute the Thanksgiving Sensory Figures activity.  For tips on how to do draw sensory figures, refer to the lesson on the Red Scare or Roman sensory figures.

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Happy Thanksgiving, teachers!  We are so thankful for you and everything that you do for our students.  We hope your students enjoy this lesson.