TEACH THANKSGIVING WITH HUMOR USING CRASH COURSE!
Few classroom strategies are as successful as this simple approach: make learning fun! That, or course, is easier said than done, but when it comes to teaching the history behind our modern Thanksgiving holiday, the YouTube series Crash Course U.S. History
is a great place to start since it devotes an entire episode just to Thanksgiving!
The Thanksgiving episode of Crash Course contains about 12 minutes of content and is available to stream for free at the following link:
Timestamps or No Timestamps?
This packet will provide you with three resources to help you use the Thanksgiving episode with your classes:
• A student worksheet without timestamps
• A student worksheet with timestamps showing at which point in the video the needed information is presented
• A full context answer key. This contains the student questions, the answer (sometimes annotated with additional information), and the timestamps for each question.
About These Thanksgiving Video Worksheets
For the Thanksgiving episode, the worksheet contains 24 True/False problems for them to solve as student watch. All questions are presented in video order so that students can easily follow along, but these worksheets are not mere outlines that merely ask students to generate their own notes. Instead, they focus in on certain key issues that students watching the videos should master in order to have a clear and concise understanding of the topic under study.
Ideas for Using this Crash Course Thanksgiving Worksheet
Only a teacher knows what constitutes best use for a particular class, but I always find it helpful to see what creative approaches other teachers are using. Here are some good options for these worksheets.
• Standard use: Print off copies and have students complete them as they watch the video. Or send the copies electronically so students can complete them on tablet/laptop devices, if that is an option in your setting. Go over answers out loud if time permits (great for discussing/debriefing the video content) or collect papers to grade them more formally.
• Accommodate students who claim that the worksheets "go too fast:" Assign students to do only the evens or only the odds. After watching the video, pair students up to discuss and fill in missing answers.
• Create basic and advanced levels from the same worksheet: This is easily done by declaring that the "basic" level is odds-only (or evens-only) while the "advanced" level consists of all the questions. Encourage students to challenge themselves to do the advanced level by offering extra credit or by announcing that the basic level can only earn a C at best, but A and B grades are available at the advanced level.
• Run a game show: Have students watch the video carefully and take notes. Form groups afterwards and have them pool their notes, briefly discussing the whole video. Pass out the worksheets only AFTER this discussion and have each group fill out one collaboratively. Go over the answers out loud, calling on groups to respond. This option means making fewer copies: one per group instead of one per student.
• Run a multi-round game show: Print out only one copy of the worksheet and cut it apart to make question strips. Have students watch the video carefully and take notes. Form groups afterwards and have them pool their notes, briefly discussing the whole video. Ask the questions out loud, handing the question slip used to the group that first supplies the correct answer. In this way the question strips become a point counter to keep track of group progress. After all questions have been used, have each group ask each of their questions of the other groups -- this provides an additional level of review and gives groups a chance to recoup points they missed on the first round. This option means making only a single copy!
• My personal favorite -- Let students self-assess their learning: Print out one worksheet per student, but hang onto them until students have finished watching the video. Then pass them out and have students work in pairs or individually to see how much they remember. Have the class watch the video a second time so they can fill in anything they missed, still possibly working in pairs. Finally, go over the material aloud to review with the class and let them fill in the blanks.
• Use worksheets as a traditional quiz: As above, but collect papers for grading before going over the items aloud.
I am sure there are many more fun and engaging ways to use these Crash Course Thanksgiving worksheets, but I do hope that you find them useful and that the video series helps you keep student interest in history high throughout the year.
LOOKING FOR MORE CRASH COURSE U.S. HISTORY WORKSHEETS?
Check out my growing collection here:
Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 1-5 -- From Native Americans and the Spaniards to the Seven Years War and the Great Awakening
Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 6-10 -- From Taxes, Smuggling, and the American Revolution to Thomas Jefferson's Democracy
Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 11-15 -- From the War of 1812 to 19th-Century Reform Movements
Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 16-20: From Women in the 19th Century to the Civil War
Crash Course U.S. History Worksheets: Episodes 21-25: From the Civil War to Growth, Cities, and Immigration
LOOKING FOR CRASH COURSE WORLD HISTORY WORKSHEETS?
You can find worksheets for a lot more episodes by having a look at the sets linked below!
---Crash Course World History Worksheets for Episodes 1-5:
From the Agricultural Revolution to the Persians and the Greeks
---Crash Course World History Worksheets for Episodes 6-10:
From Buddha and Ashoka to the Roman Empire and Republic
---Crash Course World History Worksheets for Episodes 11-15:
From Judaism and Christianity to the Crusades
---Crash Course World History Worksheets BARGAIN BUNDLE for Episodes 1-15:
From the Agricultural Revolution to the Crusades
---Crash Course World History Worksheets for Episodes 16-20:
From Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa to the Mongols
---Crash Course World History Worksheets for Episodes 21-25:
From Columbus, De Gama, and Zheng He to the Spanish Empire, Silver, and Runaway Inflation
---Crash Course World History Worksheets for Episodes 26-30:
From the Seven Years War to the Haitian Revolutions
---Crash Course World History Worksheets for Episodes 31-35:
From Latin American Revolutions to the New Imperialism
---Crash Course World History Worksheets for Episodes 36-42:
From World War I to the Upsides and Downsides of Globalization
Elise Parker / Great History Teaching