1. Thanksgiving Reading (2 pages)
2. 3 Vocabulary Exercises
3. Thanksgiving Sequence Strip Story
4. WH-Question Words
5. Fact or Opinion
6. Alphabetize and Find Word Search
This unit includes a short history about Thanksgiving and 3 pages of follow up vocabulary exercises. These exercises include words like Pilgrims, Native Americans, harvest, hunt, celebrate, feast, immigrant etc.
In the Thanksgiving Sequence Strip Story students will cut apart the strips, put them in order and then paste them on a separate piece of paper.
In the next worksheet students will make information questions using the WH Question Words (who, what, why, how, how many etc.) Students will first read the answer to the question. The underlined word in the sentence will indicated which WH question word the students will need to use to write the correct question.
The Pilgrims lived in England.
Students need to write the question “Who lived in England?”
Thanksgiving Fact or Opinion: Students will read the 12 statements about Thanksgiving. Then, they will write F if the statement if a fact. They will write O if the statement is an opinion.
Alphabetize and Find Word Search: Students will alphabetize the list of vocabulary words on the left. Then, they will find them in the puzzle.
Thanksgiving Conversation and Writing Activities
At Thanksgiving we celebrate how the Pilgrims left England and came to America to start a new life. In class I often refer to my adult ESL students as “My Pilgrims” because they too left their homeland and came to America to start a new life.
These conversation cards will help students learn about Thanksgiving. They will also allow your students to compare and contrast their experiences and their new lives in America with those of the Pilgrims and with those of the other students in class.
They include questions like…
Why did the Pilgrims come to America? Why did you come to America?
How did the Pilgrims come to America? How long did their trip take?
How did you come to America? How long did your trip take?
You can easily laminate and cut up these conversation cards to use them in a variety of different ways in your classroom. My students love to do mingle activities with conversation cards. (Directions for Mingle Activity included.)
I hope these conversation cards will help your students engage in some meaningful conversations as they learn about Thanksgiving this year.
Conversation Cards:Two sets (5” X 4” and 8” X 4”).
Follow Up Writing Activity:
After engaging in conversation with their classmates, students should be encouraged to write about their first Thanksgiving in the United States. Directions are also included to help guide your students to write this assignment.
4 Decorated Writing Papers: Students will choose one paper to write their final draft. When students have finished writing, they can glue the story on a piece of construction paper. These will make a beautiful bulletin board display.
This lesson is good for Intermediate to Advanced ESL students.
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