Introduction: Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Obtain a copy of The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George.


Group Size: Whole Class


Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to:

·          Give an accurate description of the first Thanksgiving feast.

·          Explain the role of Wampanoag Native Americans in the first Thanksgiving.


Materials: The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George, blank white paper, crayons.



1.       Ask students: What did you learn yesterday about the First Thanksgiving? Make a list of students’ ideas on the board.

2.       Read The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George out loud to students. Pause during story to discuss important details.

3.       Distribute a piece of blank paper to each student. Tell students: I want you to think about everything you just learned about the First Thanksgiving and draw a picture of it. Make sure that you label your picture. If necessary, demonstrate for students on the board how to make a label.

4.       Teacher should circulate the classroom to ensure students are drawing accurate pictures.


Modifications: For students with special needs, provided one-on-one assistance with writing as necessary.


Assessment: Direct students to turn to a partner and tell them something they learned today.


Benchmark or Standards:

National Council for the Social Studies Standards

I. Culture and Cultural Diversity

a. Explore and describe similarities and differences in the in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.

d. Compare ways in which people from cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.

III. People Places and Environments

        h. Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land,

        building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.

V. Individuals, Groups, and Identities

        a. Identify roles as learned behavior patterns in group situations such as student, family

        member, peer play group member, or club member.

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