This lesson was developed as part of Houston Independent School District's
(HISD) Clear Learning to Enhance Achievements Results (CLEAR) curriculum
and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) state educational
goal of this lesson is to provide a quick reference to a comprehensive, high-tech
lesson plan centered around the Thanksgiving theme. It offers
educators, seeking new ways to present web-based material, a place
to turn to for relevant material that will prevent them from "re-inventing
suggestions presented are instructionally solid and TEKS-based. They provide
an innovative, sound approach to presenting the historical backdrop of
Thanksgiving in an interesting, fun-filled way that also fosters cross-curriculum,
multi-sensory learning and enhances higher-level thinking.
information was gathered from, and is linked back to, specific Internet
sites for easy access and simplicity of use. Very little preparation will
be needed to implement the lesson.
in it for the learners?
lesson focuses on the significance of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
However, the information provided, and the activities that support it,
cover a broad range of social studies and language arts (first-grade)
academic requirements. By tapping into all the suggested resources, the
students will be introduced to the following concepts: :
- Activating K-W-L
3-column chart with the key words in each column of the strategy chart:
Know, Want (to know), and Learned) The steps for
implementing the basic strategy can be viewed by clicking on K-W-L above.
comparing and contrasting (life in the early 1600's to the 21st century
with life today),
- Understanding the
importance of customs and celebrations to various cultures,
reality from fantasy,
and demonstrating personal insights and transforming the information
they've gathered into a creative product (such as a picture, story,
play or reenacted dinner).
with an Internet connection, a web-browsing program (Netscape or Windows
Explorer and an understanding of how to browse the Internet), either a
SmartBoard and Projector, television, or display monitor, and ancillary
supplies such as pencils, construction paper markers and crayons.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills...
Because this lesson offers
a broad base of technology, information and activity, you will be able
to address of the TEKS (in varying degrees depending up student readiness)
- 110.3 English Language and
Reading Grade 1: (1)-(5) and (9) -(23).
- 113.3 Social Studies Grade
1: (1)-(4) and (8) - (16).
does it work?
for users to take full advantage of Internet resources---have the computer
ready to go and the Internet connected. Make sure to visit the sites to
insure all links hot.
the presentation by clicking on the words "Turkey in the Straw."
After the site appears, click on the hat and watch the construction of
a beautiful turkey appear within minutes. Discuss the "Task"
questions, then present the K-W-L strategies on the SmartBoard. After
that, begin the PowerPoint by clicking on the words "The First Thanksgiving."
It covers most of the art students will be presented with in future Thanksgiving
questions from the class, then show the BrainPopMovie by clicking on the
word "Thanksgiving" (the browser) . Once the movie is over,
go back to the K-W-L Chart by clicking on the browser. If time allows,
create a Venn diagram to compare the Pilgrimís "First Thanksgiving" with
todayís Thanksgiving celebration by using the Venn Diagram (linked to
a static page on the student page) to review lessons learned. (Venn
diagrams compare two things or more things) and are useful in for making
comparisons for younger children) If you prefer to use an interactive
Venn Diagram visit http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/venn/index.html.
Internet and other interactive learning technologies have become valuable
in accommodating both teachers and 21st century students. In order to
help students perform at their highest potential, teachers are obligated
to take their students beyond presentation -only coursework---learning
-by-reading---and move them toward the application of learning-by-watching-and-doing.
pages were developed through TeacherTECH, the teacher professional development
component of GirlTECH, which
is sponsored by the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE)
and made possible by support from the National
Science Foundation and Rice University.
Copyright © 1995 -2006 by Jacqueline Devine
Friday, June 16, 2006 10:04 AM
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