Background

For the sake of the traditional holiday, the links on this page are aligned with the traditional story of Thanksgiving as it has been told since the 19th century. For the real historical view on the History of Thanksgiving Day, see Thanksgiving 7-9

Warm-up

Turkey Wisdom Video « The Skit Guys

Turkey Wisdom Video « The Skit Guys (1:13) https://skitguys.com/videos/item/turkey-wisdomWho knew a giant, talking turkey could have so much wisdom? Take a look at this humorous illustration of what happens when we say the words but miss the actual meaning of Thanksgiving.

 

11 Turkeys Who Won’t Get Eaten This Thanksgiving - YouTube

11 Turkeys Who Won’t Get Eaten This Thanksgiving – YouTube (1:10) https://youtu.be/G9Oqz8RfTQ0You can’t stop them. Funny film clips with turkeys and text on the screen

 

Songs

Little Turkey Song (Good for Thanksgiving) | Song for Children - YouTube

Little Turkey Song (Good for Thanksgiving) | Song for Children – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/xnAmu9n5cwgI created this song for the children who I teach English in a kindergarten (yr 3-4)

 

Thanksgiving Day - Holiday Songs - Mother Goose Club Thanksgiving Song - YouTube

Thanksgiving Day – Holiday Songs – Mother Goose Club Thanksgiving Song – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/gI8H0u1TVN0Happy Thanksgiving from the Mother Goose Club! (yr 3-4)

 

Thanksgiving Songs for Children - Ten Little Turkeys - Kids Song by The Learning Station - YouTube

Thanksgiving Songs for Children – Ten Little Turkeys – Kids Song by The Learning Station – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/N_F8XSsd5OM“Ten Little Turkeys” From, “Children’s Favorite Autumn Songs & Fingerplays” (yr 3-4)

 

Thanksgiving Songs for Children - Thanksgiving Feast - Kids Turkey Song by The Learning Station - YouTube

Thanksgiving Songs for Children – Thanksgiving Feast – Kids Turkey Song by The Learning Station – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/IvMKKlvZPWAEnjoy this popular Thanksgiving song for kids, “Thanksgiving Feast”. Simple song about food on Thanksgiving (yr 3-4)

 

Thanksgiving Song | Let's Give Thanks - YouTube

Thanksgiving Song | Let’s Give Thanks – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/flf3QLTEkG8Come sing along! Let’s give thanks Let’s give thanks In this day of Thanksgiving Let’s give thanks For the Joys of life For the friends we have (yr 3-5)

 

Lesson Plan

ESL Thanksgiving Lesson

ESL Thanksgiving Lessonhttp://www.elcivics.com/esl-thanksgiving.htmlThanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in November. It is a federal holiday, so schools, banks, post offices, and government offices are closed (yr 5-7)

Thanksgiving - ESL Resources for Learning About The Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving – ESL Resources for Learning About The Thanksgiving Holidayhttp://www.esolcourses.com/topics/thanksgiving.htmlLessons and Quizzes for English Beginners and Elementary Learners Thanksgiving Click on each line to get to the activities.

 

Vocabulary

Thanksgiving Worksheet Download illustrated vocabulary worksheets from BusyTeacher.org

Thanksgiving Vocabulary Video - YouTube

Thanksgiving Vocabulary Video – YouTube (1:54) https://youtu.be/DFI7GITwbHgThanksgiving Vocabulary Video is a great learning resource. In this video we review some of the Thanksgiving Words.

 

English Vocabulary: Thanksgiving - YouTube

English Vocabulary: Thanksgiving – YouTube (1:25) https://youtu.be/yVWrhq_k-70Level: Beginner/Intermediate English Learning Video for English as a Second Language (ESL) Words with audio and video clips (yr 2-4)

 

Thanksgiving Vocabulary

Thanksgiving Vocabularyhttp://busyteacher.org/17914-thanksgiving-vocabulary.htmlThis is a power point presentation on Thanksgiving vocabulary. Students have to look at the pictures and choose the correct option

 

Listening

Quia - Let's celebrate Thanksgiving.

Quia – Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving.http://www.quia.com/quiz/2035906.html?AP_rand=1840808018Stephanie, our American assistant, is telling you about Thanksgiving in her country, listen to her and do the activities. Home

 

ESL Easy Listening Comprehension 12: Thanksgiving Dinner - YouTube

ESL Easy Listening Comprehension 12: Thanksgiving Dinner – YouTube (8:31) https://youtu.be/sMTuo3U0daIAn easy story for ESL listening comprehension. The story is repeated three times: 1st time, normal reading speed (yr 4-5); 2nd time, slower, with pauses for dictation (yr 6-7)

 

Viewing

Thanksgiving - YouTube

Thanksgiving – YouTube (4:21) https://youtu.be/D1gLuc3HsL4EFL teaching, Thanksgiving, 6th grade, Korea The traditional story of Thanksgiving and some vocabulary (yr 3-5)

 

The Story of Thanksgiving - YouTube

The Story of Thanksgiving – YouTube (3:10) https://youtu.be/faUYJ9fMiGgAn animated story from the Pilgrims’ arrival till Thanksgiving as told by Plymouth Rock (yr 3-5)

 

The First Thanksgiving Story - YouTube

The First Thanksgiving Story – YouTube (4:40) https://youtu.be/wFDSobNnfQsThanksgiving video of the Story of Thanksgiving. The best video resource in simple language (yr 4-6)

 

Squanto game - To14.com - Play now !

Squanto game – To14.com – Play now !http://www.to14.com/game.php?id=4d486a4c634baAn animated story about the Indian who helped the Pilgrims (yr 4-6)

 

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving full movie - YouTube

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving full movie – YouTube (25:15) https://youtu.be/wKGX8EbYarUA Peanuts cartoon about Thanksgiving (yr 4-7)

 

History of Thanksgiving Day - YouTube

History of Thanksgiving Day – YouTube (Stop at 2:35 / 5:21)https://youtu.be/CzVXun4Uyp0History of Thanksgiving (USA) Another video telling the story (yr 5-7)

 

Thanksgiving Henry - YouTube

Thanksgiving Henry – YouTube (3:14)https://youtu.be/w0FSXtPjGAEHenry the turkey hears some alarming news about what people eat on Thanksgiving (yr 5-7)

 

ESLvideo.com :: Thanksgiving History EFL (21203)

ESLvideo.com :: Thanksgiving History EFL (3:18) http://www.eslvideo.com/esl_video_quiz_low_intermediate.php?id=21203 History of Thanksgiving with subtitles and comprehension questions on YouTube (yr 6-7)

 

Reading

The First Thanksgiving Book - TeacherVision

The First Thanksgiving Book – TeacherVisionhttps://www.teachervision.com/thanksgiving/printable/43256.htmlFacts about the first Thanksgiving are featured in this printable mini-book (yr 5-7)

 

Thanksgiving - ESL Reading Text

Thanksgiving – ESL Reading Texthttp://www.esolcourses.com/content/topics/thanksgiving/elementary-thanksgiving-reading.htmlBasic information in simple sentences. For more from this site, look under “Lesson plans” above (yr 5-7)

 

Writing

Thanksgiving and November Writing Prompts: Creative Writing Prompts and Journal Ideas

Thanksgiving and November Writing Prompts: Creative Writing Prompts and Journal Ideashttp://www.uniqueteachingresources.com/November-writing-prompts.htmlUse this large list of Thanksgiving and November Writing Prompts to help you create some fun journal writing topics for November for your elementary school students (yr 4-7)

 

Interactive

Control Alt Achieve: Turkey Templates for Thanksgiving Creativity and Writing

Turkey Templates for Thanksgiving Creativity and Writinghttp://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/11/turkey-templates.htmlA brief description of the two templates, as well as links to get your own copies for your students to use.

Silly Turkey

Silly Turkeyhttp://more2.starfall.com/n/holiday/turkey/load.htm?f&n=main&redir=wwwLearn to read words of Thanksgiving (1:1 or IWB)

 

Thanksgiving Vocabulary Quiz Both a listening and a matching quiz (1:1 or IWB)

More Materials

ReadWorkshttp://www.readworks.org/search/site/thanksgivingAssign articles and research-based reading comprehension curriculum to your students at www.readworks.org, completely free, but you need to sign in (free) to access them.

 

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