Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

by Judie Haynes

Gobble, gobble! Get ready to break out the cranberry sauce and put the stuffing in the oven with our Thanksgiving related lesson plans and activities for ESL students Grades 1-4.

In November I like teach a unit on Thanksgiving to all of my students. These units are written to follow the TESOL Pre-K-12 ESL Standards: Standard 2, Goal 2.

Lesson topic

Thanksgiving; The Mayflower

Proficiency/Grade level

Beginner, advanced beginners, grades 1-4

Content Concepts and Skills

vocabulary development for the holiday of Thanksgiving; social studies concept of the settling of the New World.

Vocabulary needed

Pilgrim, Mayflower, passenger, freedom pray, king, Native Americans, tools, plant, hunt, build, crowded, hungry, dirty, equal, rules, warriors, harvest,turkey, lobster, corn, squash, pumpkins. Vocabulary will vary according to grade and English language level.

Instructional sequence for Grades 1-4 beginners & advanced beginner ESL students

Links for Other Thanksgiving Activities

Here are some links for other Thanksgiving activities for young ESL students.

1. Turkey songs

2. Thanksgiving word puzzle

3. Thanksgiving puzzles

4. Thanksgiving shape books

5. Life of the Pilgrims in Plimouth. Check on the Teacher's section and find lessons plans plus downloads for student activities.

8. Thanksgiving games

9. Thanksgiving crafts

10. Voyage of the Mayflower.

11. Send a Thanksgiving card.


Activity Downloads

Note: To view the classroom activities, you must have Acrobat Reader intalled. Acrobat is a free application available from Adobe Systems.

PDF fileThatched roof pattern (29k .PDF)

PDF fileInside Pilgrim house (4k .PDF)

PDF fileDoor and chimney (2k .PDF)

PDF fileMayflower_pattern (93k .PDF)

PDF fileMayflower sail pattern (52k .PDF)

PDF filePilgrim house pattern2 (2k .PDF)

PDF fileMayflower Word Bank (3k .PDF)

PDF fileThanksgiving story (9k .PDF)

PDF fileThanksgiving Book (5k .PDF)

Related Links

Using the Internet for Content Based Instruction
Need ideas to enhance your content-based ESL instruction? Make your thematic units come alive and put pizzaz in your lessons by incorporating internet sites into your plans. If you teach small groups, you only need one computer to pique your studentsí interest.

Resource Picks

History Wiz.com
History Wiz.com comprises a huge number of resources for students. Enhance your lessons with this impressive site .