A Thanksgiving activity that compares what was eaten at the First Thanksgiving to what our families eat now at Thanksgiving. I use this as a compare and contrast reading/writing lesson as well as a social studies lesson.
I begin with a short reading passage from Readworks about the First Thanksgiving. There are a few passages that vary by grade level/lexile level.
We then create a Venn Diagram in our journals comparing the First Thanksgiving meals to our own.
I use this product as the final project and have students write about what they have learned using the other page provided.
To complete project:
1. Students glue two paper plates on a large sheet of construction paper.
2. Students cut out the labels "The First Thanksgiving Meal" and "My Thanksgiving Meal" and glue on above each plate.
3. Cut out the pictures of the foods eaten at the First Thanksgiving and their labels and glue them on the First thanksgiving plate.
4. Have students draw and label food from their Thanksgiving Meal on the other plate.
5. Complete the writing portion.
This can be adapted to several grade levels, depending on student expectations.