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Thanksgiving Activities

Pixton Lesson Plan on Thanksgiving Activities

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Mind Map
  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Poster

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Thanksgiving Activities
Pixton Lesson Plan on Thanksgiving Activities

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Thanksgiving Activities

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  • Banner
    Banner
  • Candlestick
    Candlestick
  • Corn
    Corn
  • Field
    Field
  • Fireplace
    Fireplace
  • Prop Maple Leaf
    Prop Maple Leaf
  • Pumpkin
    Pumpkin
  • Ship
    Ship
  • Table
    Table
  • Turkey
    Turkey
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Teacher Guide

Thanksgiving Activities

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Share a historically accurate account of the first Thanksgiving, or have students research the true story of Thanksgiving through primary documents or reputable secondary sources. Compare and contrast the events and significance of the original Thanksgiving in comparison to modern day Thanksgiving customs.

Opening Discussion

Ask students to discuss their family's Thanksgiving traditions:

  • How do you spend Thanksgiving day or weekend?
  • Do you stay home or travel?
  • Do you celebrate with friends or family?
  • Do you watch or play football?
  • What do you eat and what time of day do you eat?
  • What is your favorite Thanksgiving food and activity?

Ask students to share what they know about the history of Thanksgiving:

  • What have you learned about the traditional story of Thanksgiving?
  • What happened on the first Thanksgiving feast? What did they eat? What did they wear?
  • What do you know about how the first settlers must have lived, dressed, hunted and cooked food?
  • What resources were and were not available to them?
  • Does this align with or contradict the traditional story of Thanksgiving feast?
  • What do you know about Native Americans and their life styles and food sources?
  • What was the relationship like between Native Americans and early settlers? Did they have a good or bad relationship?
  • Does this relationship align with or contradict the traditional story of Thanksgiving?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Mind Map
    Expressing Thanksgiving

    Complete after class discussion or reading.

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  • Make a Comic Strip or Storyboard
    Thanksgiving Traditions

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Thanksgiving Gratitude Activity

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Comic Strip (Extension / Modification)

    After researching or discussing the historically accurate version of the first Thanksgiving, illustrate it with a Comic Strip.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster to advertise a Thanksgiving potluck or celebration at school.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What did you already know about the history and traditions of Thanksgiving?
  • What have you learned about the original Thanksgiving?
  • How might the original "Thanksgiving" have a different significance than it has today considering it fell at the end of harvest season and before a harsh winter?
  • Based on the realities of the first Thanksgiving, what new traditions would you like to incorporate into your Thanksgiving celebrations?
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Pixton Activity: Thanksgiving Activities 1 Expressing Thanksgiving

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  • Mind Map

Intro

Have students choose three friends or family members who they are thankful for. Encourage students to brainstorm the many reasons why they are thankful for this person.

Instructions

Create three Mind Maps for three people to illustrate at least five reasons you are thankful for each person:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate description and illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Thanksgiving Activities 2 Thanksgiving Traditions

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard

Intro

Ask students to discuss their family's Thanksgiving traditions: How do they spend the day or weekend? Do they stay home or travel? Do they celebrate with friends or family? Do they watch or play football? What do they eat and what time of day do they eat? What is their favorite Thanksgiving food and activity?

Instructions

Create a Comic Strip or Storyboard to illustrate modern Thanksgiving traditions:

  • Include an appropriate description or dialogue for each panel.
  • Include appropriate illustrations for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Comic Strip

Thanksgiving Traditions by Student

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Pixton Activity: Thanksgiving Activities 3 Thanksgiving Gratitude Activity

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map

Intro

Have students brainstorm what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. Students should be encouraged to list every single thing they are thankful for, including the things they may take for granted or overlook. Examples include: Family, good conversations, sunshine, books, health, breakfast, safety, music, chocolate, green lights, pets, etc.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map to illustrate at least five things you are thankful for on Thanksgiving:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate description and illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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