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This 3rd grade lesson is about Thanksgiving so your students will get a better understanding of what it is. The first task to be completed by students is to discuss as a group what they know about Thanksgiving, what they want to know about Thanksgiving, and what they have learned throughout the lesson. Second, the students will learn about the journey on the Mayflower by watching a video that describes what happened on the Pilgrim's long journey. Following the video, the students will take a vocabulary quiz on some of the terms they might have not known before they took the Mayflower tour. Students will then be able to watch a slide show to see what was eaten on the first Thanksgiving. This will help the students to decipher differences of what they eat on Thanksgiving, and what the pilgrims ate. These similarities and differences will be constructed into a Venn Diagram. Schedule library time for your class to research the Pilgrim's lives more in depth. Students can use books, encyclopedias, articles, and other websites to reinforce the information they have already learned. While in the library students can find a skit to act out in groups to express in a dramatized event what they have learned.Lastly, each student will get the opportunity to put in writing what they have learned about the pilgrims and tell their families what they are thankful for. The multiple intelligences addressed will be Interpersonal, verbal-linguistic, and Intrapersonal. Interpersonal is addressed because the lesson has to do with working with others in groups, which helps them to be more outgoing in the future. Verbal-linguistic is addressed because the students will learn to take what they have learned from the website and take notes to construct their Venn diagram. The students will be able to explain the cause and effects of the Pilgrims way of life after completing this lesson. Intrapersonal intelligence is addressed because this helps the students be able to answer the questions of Why did the pilgrims eat what they did? Why is what we eat so much different than what the pilgrims ate? How are our daily lives differently than the Pilgrims?
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-11-29.
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