1. Topic-
The First Thanksgiving
 
2. Content-
Learning about the first Thanksgiving. Students will use prior knowledge before hearing the story. Wampanoag, Plymouth, Massachusetts, Autumn. Mid level group has, Mayflower, Gratitude, Settlers, Harvest. The lower level has Pilgrim, New World, Feast.
 
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Access prior knowledge
2.Listen to reading book while interacting
3.Answer content questions
 
4. Objectives-
1.Writing thoughts about first thanksgiving
2.Asking questions and collaborating with students
3.Answering content questions using material from book
 
5. Materials and Aids-
The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward. Answering worksheet questions. First question, "Why did the pilgrims begin their voyage?" - second question, "What are conditions on the Mayflower like?" and thirdly, "What did the pilgrims discover when they reached the new land?"
 
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Discuss the Thanksgiving holiday. What does it mean to each student? What do they know about the holiday and how it came about? What are we celebrating?
 

B. Practice-

1. Hand out questions to allow students to make inferences
2. Listen to story
3. Responses based off of the story read aloud
 

C. Independent Practice-

1. Students will come together and discuss their thoughts about Thanksgiving. What did they think before the story. How does it differ from their first or initial thoughts?
 

D. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Less responses required
2. Writing time increased
3. Requirements and vocabulary differentiation
 

E. Checking for understanding-

1. Worksheet to complete
 

F. Closure-

1. Come together with the class and discuss what the initial thoughts were and how that has changed. Students can tell stories of their Thanksgiving experiences. Reflect on how different it has become from what it was and try and connect the experiences if they can.
 

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