History of Thanksgiving ★ Google Classroom Activity ★ Video & Self-Grading Quiz

History of Thanksgiving ★ Google Classroom Activity ★ Video & Self-Grading Quiz
History of Thanksgiving ★ Google Classroom Activity ★ Video & Self-Grading Quiz
History of Thanksgiving ★ Google Classroom Activity ★ Video & Self-Grading Quiz
History of Thanksgiving ★ Google Classroom Activity ★ Video & Self-Grading Quiz
History of Thanksgiving ★ Google Classroom Activity ★ Video & Self-Grading Quiz
History of Thanksgiving ★ Google Classroom Activity ★ Video & Self-Grading Quiz
History of Thanksgiving ★ Google Classroom Activity ★ Video & Self-Grading Quiz
History of Thanksgiving ★ Google Classroom Activity ★ Video & Self-Grading Quiz
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Google Classroom has opened up new possibilities for you which open your classroom up to powerful, new lesson features that embed multimedia and video content directly into your quizzes and classroom activities. Also awesome, these ready-to-go activities can be uploaded to your google drive in only 1 click of a button.

Perhaps the most exciting possibility is that these lessons are self-graded. That's right, not only are these lessons/assessments no-prep, they're is no post-work too!, Equally cool, you can now feel good about joining, or continuing to be part of, the growing list of educators with a light footprint on the environment.

This Thanksgiving, go green and let Google's powerful engine do the grading for you so you can focus on the good things in life like getting ready for a restful Thanksgiving Vacation!

HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING ★ ANIMATED VIDEO with SELF-GRADED GOOGLE ACTIVITY
Grades Level: 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade
Activities/Components Included: 3

1 • The History of the First Thanksgiving Day Animated Video [HD Video]

Learn about the motivations behind why the Pilgrims fled to the New World and how Thanksgiving became the special holiday that we share with our family today. (you'll love it!)

2 • Self-Grading Google Classroom Activity
After watching the video, which can be watched during self-guided practice directly on the google quiz page or through whole group instruction on your smartboard or projector, the students are invited to recall what they learned about Thanksgiving in a short, fun little interactive assessment.

Helpful Tips:

a. The assessment can be completed by your students either together, on their own time, or even at home. Google will collect the grades whenever they submit there answers, so there is little else you need to do!

b. The short assessment and the embedded video that goes with it can be viewed either on a smartphone or on a desktop computer if you want your students to perform the task on their own time as access to technology permits.

c. You can edit the quiz in any way you like. That's the nature of the type of quiz it is. We don't think you'll want to, as the quiz is really quite fun as it is, but at least always have that option. As long as you don't resell the edited quiz or redistribute it outside of your classroom, you are free to manipulate it any which way you'd like!

3 • ★ FREEBIE EXTRA ★ Fill-in-the-Blanks and Lyrics Sheet
Any part of the Thanksgiving video confusing to you? No problem, all the lyrics have been printed on an illustrated pdf which can be printed out for individual use or shared with the class via your smartboard/projector device.

Then help reinforce the information picked up in the video by having them fill out the blanks to remember key historical figures and special individuals who will forever be a part of the great Thanksgiving story. This extra activity, along with the self-graded google quiz will keep your students busy this Thanksgiving while freeing up some of your time to do other things (like grade things that aren't self graded... or kicking your feet up on your desk and drinking a pumpkin spied latte).


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Lyrics to the Song in the Video
The Pilgrims fled from England, persecuted for their faith,
and went to Holland, far from the reforms of King Henry the VIII.
They found religious freedom there, but soon they would depart,
because their children talked and lived like Dutch, which broke their parents' hearts.
They boarded the ship, Mayflower, toward freedom o'er the sea.
On the 66-day journey, one went to eternity.
Though one was gone, two boys were born… to everyone's delight;
first Oceanus Hopkins and little Peregrine White.

At long last Mayflower anchored in the Massachusetts Bay;
but one thing must take place before the Pilgrims all would stay.
They wrote some rules and agreed to submit to rulers they would choose.
It was known as the Mayflower Compact, a government they'd use.
By Plymouth Rock they disembarked; they struggled to survive;
til Native American, Samoset, from the woods arrived.
None could speak the other's tongue! They didn't know what to do!
But Samoset brought Squanto, who taught them a thing or two.

Chorus: This is Thanksgiving Day's history,
A day they gave thanks with their family.

Squanto was a traveler from the Abenaki Tribe;
he'd spent some time in England and knew how to transcribe.*
Their new friend taught them many things....what berries they could eat.
They learned to plant corn with a fish, to hunt for deer and meat.
Squanto introduced the Pilgrims to Wampanoag Chief Massasoit.
They made a peace treaty that lasted until the rule of Metacomet.
Pilgrim leader, William Bradford, wrote of Squanto with elation:
"a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation."

In 1620 one hundred two Pilgrims had arrived,
but by fall of 1621, less than half were still alive,
But those that lived were all so very grateful they'd survived
that they invited Wampanoags to a 3-day harvest jive.
William Bradford wrote about it, and Edward Winslow, too;
and that is how we know the Thanksgiving story is true:
That the Pilgrims had invited people from the First Nations
to the very first Thanksgiving's harvest celebration.

Chorus: This is Thanksgiving Day's history,
A day they gave thanks with their family.

They ate deer, eel, lobster, clams, mussels, duck, and turkey....
goose, squash, pumpkin, corn, onions, turnips, and parsley....
sage, carrots, lettuce, oats, blueberries, and cranberries.
The feast they shared Thanksgiving Day was just extraordinary!

The 1621 banquet was quite the celebration;
Pilgrims and Wampanoag shared with great appreciation.
George Washington decreed to all in 1789
a national Thanksgiving Day from Maine to the Georgia line.
The years passed by with occasional feasts until 1863,
when Lincoln made the day a national holiday annually.
The President said it would take place one day every year,
the last Thursday in November from city to frontier.

In 1939 Thanksgiving came a week too early.
Roosevelt thought it wise, but it caused quite a controversy.
He hoped the extra week of holiday shopping would bring new market highs,
but it failed to boost the economy and made people criticize.
So in 1941, he reversed his declaration,
so now the last Thursday in November brings Thanksgiving vacation!
We're thankful for our homes, our friends, our relatives and food.
So let's spend the day with thankful hearts and life-long gratitude.

Chorus: This is Thanksgiving Day's history,
A DAY WE GIVE THANKS WITH OUR FAMILIES!



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