and Language Arts
1 to 2 weeks
The students will:
- Gather important facts about “Thanksgiving” such as the date, the reason it became
a holiday, the person or people responsible for making it a holiday, and how we celebrate the holiday.
- Using teamwork to complete a holiday journal on “Thanksgiving” in goups of two.
- Create a menu to illustrate to the class the items from the first Thanksgiving that they
- Make a timeline showing the history of the holiday to show understanding of then and now..
- Share with the class their creations during a class presentation.
- Navigate through and make critical descisions about the Thanksgiving web quest to research the
- Reflect on their experience and write about it.
teacher will lead a discussion to build background knowledge. The teacher will
ask students what they know about Thanksgiving. The teacher will make a KWL chart
to record answers. The teacher will go over the introduction of the web quest “Happy Thanksgiving Day”. The teacher will pose the questions
asked in the introduction of the web quest: What did they eat on the first Thanksgiving?
How did they celebrate the holiday? What is the history of Thanksgiving Day? Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Who declared Thanksgiving a national holiday? Who attended the first
Thanksgiving? Why is Thanksgiving always celebrated in the fall?
Day 2, 3,
- The teacher will go over the tasks required in the web quest: ( The students will rotate through
the computers until done with the tasks required to complete the project.)
- Get a Holiday Journal from your teacher and decorate the front to reflect the holiday you are
- Click on the links in the web quest to learn about the holiday.
- Complete your Holiday Journal from what you have researched from the web quest.
- Make a menu depicting the first food items of Thanksgiving and create a timeline telling all about
the history of Thanksgiving Day.
- The teacher will then lead the students in a group discussion on the importance of Thanksgiving. The teacher
will complete the KWL chart listing the facts that the students have learned.
The Rubric found
on the evaluation page of the Thanksgiving Web quest will be used for the purpose of evaluation.
The Rubric grades
students on the following:
- Group participation
- Holiday Journal
- Oral Presentation
- Menu/Timeline Creation
- Teamwork skills
Activities of varying
degrees of difficulty are available as an extension
Printed media will
be made available to those who wish to read about the holiday instead of viewing the videos.
- Watch a United Streaming video on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day: America Celebrates. 100% Educational Videos
(2003). Retrieved July 27, 2006, from