Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Thanksgiving Day - Section 2: Reading of the story


I love this book.  The author Anne Rockwell tells the story of the First Thanksgiving with historical accuracy on a child's level.  I appreciate the fact that she does not refer to the people as Pilgrims and Indians.  I love how she uses the real name of the people, the Wampanoag people.  Our students are capable of learning real things and real names.  Most of my students do not celebrate this holiday, they have cultural and religious holidays of their own that they celebrate.  Thanksgiving remains a strange concept for my students.  I find it odd to teach American holidays to children that don't celebrate it and see the excitement in it as I do. My kindergarten class is often the first time many ELL students here about our American Holidays.  If they stay in America, they may come to have a deeper understanding of the meaning behind our holidays as compared to their own. 

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Thanksgiving Day

Unit 14: Fall
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: SWBAT engage in the reading process, gaining comprehension through discussion and questioning to produce an opinion sentence.

Big Idea: We will discuss and write about the first Thanksgiving in America.

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