by Susan Ivey

Thanksgiving Lesson #1 (LA)


Introduction to Lesson Plan

Date:      10/3/06

Subject:    English Language Arts

Grade Level:      3rd

Signature of Classroom Teacher:   Susan Ivey



...Applying knowledge of sentence structure and context
Apply strategies of a skillful listener.
Know and apply principles of grammar and usage in writing, speaking, and presenting and apply mechanics in writing.
...Following directions



The students will get a glimpse into the Native American Indian culture while listening to a story.

Students will practice their writing while they are describing what they are thankful for and why.

Students will make hand and footprints to help create a wonderful holiday bulletin board.

Introductory Activities

Set up the "Thankful Thoughts" bulletin board with a turkey's body before hand.
Have leaf patterns with drawn in lines copied onto red and orange construction paper.
Set up back table with 2 trays filled with orange and yellow paint and have drying rack nearby.
Make sure helper will be reaady at the sink counter to help students clean up.
Introduce the lesson by talking about how Thanksgiving is coming up in a few weeks.  A central theme of Thanksgiving is being thanksful for all that we have.  I will tell them that I will be reading a book written by a Native American Indian who shares with us all that he and others within his culture are thankful for. 

Developmental Activities

Read the book Giving Thanks:  A Native American Good Morning Message to the students.  Take some time for the students to share their feelings about the book.  Have them begin to think about what they are truly thankful for in their lives.  Tell students that they will be going back to their seats to do a few activities.  Once the students are settled, pass out all red leaves and then all orange leaves and give an overview of what we will be doing.


Culminating Activities

Have students take off one shoe and one sock and put them on the floor next to their desk.  Explain that we will be making hand and footprints with paint at the back table.  I will call students back 2 at a time.  These prints will eventually become the tail to our turkey on the bulletin board. 
Explain that meanwhile, all students will be working at their desk on filling in the leaves with what they are thankful for.  They can do as many as 4.  Write on board:  I am thankful for _______________ because ______________________.  Tell students to write this sentence on leaves and fill in the blanks.  When they are finished, tell them to cut them out with their scissors.  Put an example up to show them.  Leaves should be put on the front table when completed and tell students to pick up a Thanksgiving word search to work on.  
Before beginning ask if there are any questions.  Write on board:
1.  Write thankful thoughts on leaves.
2.  Cut out leaves.
3.  Turn in and pick up word search.
4.  Make prints at back table when called upon.
5.  Work quietly.

At the back table, I will be having students lightly dip one hand in yellow paint and put it on the construction paper.  Then I will have them lightly dip one foot in orange paint to do the same.  These will be placed on drying rack, and the helper will be helping students wash up.  When finished here, students will go back to seats and finish leaves.
Close the lesson by commenting that we will have made a great looking bulletin board for our classroom, and hopefully we had fun doint it.  We are all very fortunate in many different ways and we should be thinking about these things this Thanksgiving season.
Put prints and leaves up on bulletin board after school. 


Students showed that they were attentive and responsive to the reading by answering questions about the story.  The students took the story into consideration and evaluated what they are truly thankful for in their lives.


Alternate Activities

Students will have Thanksgiving word search to work on if necessary.





Giving Thanks:  A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp
21 pieces each of orange and red construction paper.  These will already have enlarged leaves with lines for writing copied on them.
orange and yellow paint
42 pieces of brown construction paper
2 paint trays
drying rack
sink with soap, water, and paper towels
"Thankful Thoughts" bulletin board
21 copies of Thanksgiving word search
plain paper
crayons or markers 


Self-Evaluation of lesson

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