Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a very American holiday. It is also called Thanksgiving Day. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November every year. It used to be a religious holiday to give thanks to God. There are two versions of the origins of this holiday. One is thanks for the early settlers arriving in America safely. On December the 4th, 1619, a group of English pioneers arrived at a place called Berkeley Hundred, in Virginia. The group made a promise that the day of their arrival should be a "day of thanksgiving" to God. The second version is the thanks given to Native Americans for teaching the pilgrims how to catch eels and grow corn in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 1941, President Roosevelt made Thanksgiving a federal holiday.

The main event of any Thanksgiving is the Thanksgiving dinner. It is traditional to have baked or roasted turkey. This is usually accompanied with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, fall vegetables, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Pumpkin pie is the most commonly eaten dessert. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for traveling as well as the unofficial signal for Christmas preparations to begin.

Adapted from http://www.eslholidaylessons.com/11/thanksgiving.html

Check out the activities for celebrating this date:

Very Young Learners (4 to 8 year-olds):

Activity

Slides 2 - 3
•    Tell students they will play a memory game.
•    Move to slide 3
•    Divide students in two groups
•    Invite students to the board to point at two squares to be selected
•    Click on the squares to reveal the picture
•    Click on the picture to hide it again
•    If the group matches the pictures, they play again
•    The winner is the group with more matching pairs

 
Slides 4 - 6
•    Tell students they will do a project.
•    Give each student a sheet of paper and some crayons
•    Click to move to the next slide.
•    Go through the steps telling students what they have to do. Notice that learners at this stage are often unable to read, so the instructions are there to guide you – if you think it is appropriate you may omit this slide. Model the project yourself.

YOUNG LEARNERS

Activity

Slides 2 - 6
•    Tell students they will answer a quiz.
•    Move to slide 3
•    Refer students to the questions
•    Have them discuss the answer
•    Click to reveal answer
•    Repeat procedures

Slide  8
•    Tell students they will play a word search
•    Refer students to the word search and to the words to be found
•    Allow students some time to find the words
•    Click to reveal answers

Slide  10
•    Run and touch: Running dictation. Divide the class into 3-4 groups. Tell sts to take turns within the groups. One student from each group should run and touch the picture you’ve called out.  

TEENS & ADULTS

Activity

Slides 2 – 7 - Quiz
•    Tell students they will answer a quiz.
•    Refer students to the questions
•    Have them discuss the answer
•    Click to reveal answer
•    Repeat procedures

NB: Slide 3: Liberia was founded by freed American slaves who took this American tradition along to their new homeland. Slide 4: Thanksgiving is celebrated on several dates around the globe – the date shown here refers to the American Thanksgiving. Slide 6: Thanksgiving has been celebrated on several different dates, even in the US – in fact, it varied from state to state. Only in 1941 it was changed to its current date: the fourth Thursday in November (which is not always the last).

Slide 8 – Vocabulary
•    Elicit from sts what they see in the photos. Reveal answers clicking on the mouse.

Slides 9-10 – Conversation
•    Ask sts to discuss the questions in small groups. Monitor for accuracy/fluency and give delayed feedback on their performance as appropriate.