This is a learning center on Thanksgiving food adjectives. Students will explore a variety of traditional Thanksgiving foods. They will be introduced to a large vocabulary of food adjectives using 24 photos of Thanksgiving foods and 60 “word” flashcards. This is a great center to use during your literacy period or as a “Social Studies Center.” The cards fit nicely into a pocket chart.
A “before” activity introduces the concept of describing foods through a game. This may be used as a mini lesson.
The “Thinking Mode” is the main part of the scripted learning center. The concept of families having traditions is introduced. The importance of connecting to the past or history is explored. There are six extra flashcard activities which develop vocabulary.
The “after” activity establishes a personal connection. The students connect adjectives by drawing food. There is also a “vowel fill” in activity using adjectives.
Photos: First Thanksgiving Feast, Today’s Thanksgiving Feast, Scrumptious Appetizer: Shrimp Cocktail, Roasted Stuffed Turkey, Long Green String Beans, Warm Flaky Rolls, Crumbly Cornbread, Brown Rich Gravy, Crunchy Baby Carrots, Tart Cranberries, Spicy Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Apple Pie, Succulent Baked Ham with Cloves, Mouthwatering Buttery Corn, Tender Steamed Asparagus, Orange Sweet Potato, Roasted Chestnuts, Hot Strong Coffee, Cold Fresh Milk, Crispy Green Salad, Lemony Ice Tea, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Gooey Crunchy Pecan Pie, and Colorful Tasty Succotash. *Warning: These photos will make you hungry!
The second “Thinking Mode” is about helping others. The connection between Squanto and the Pilgrims is investigated. Students are asked to relate the past or history to their own experiences.
The “after” activity involves the six steps of planting corn. These steps are on flashcards.
*Common core standards for speaking and listening are stressed by providing students the opportunity to communicate and use their social skills to interact effectively with others. Reading, vocabulary, comprehension, writing and thinking skills are also developed.
*Hint: If you don't have an efficient color printer, you may want to save the photos to a flash drive and take them to a “copy” store. This expense will be worth it! Developing a photo resource for hands on and visual learning will be vital for your students’ learning and if laminated they can be used for many years.
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