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Here students use their senses to write Thanksgiving cinquain poems


Language Arts, Social Studies  


1, 2, 3  

Title – Thanksgiving Cinquain
By – Fortune A. Concepcion
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies
Grade Level – 1-3


    The students will be able to describe Thanksgiving through their senses.


    At the end of the lesson, the students will be able to:

    • describe the sounds, smells, tastes, feelings and activities associated with Thanksgiving.
    • write a cinquain poem about Thanksgiving.


  • Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
  • Cinquain template
  • Thanksgiving word web

Teaching the Lesson:

  1. Read Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes to set the tone for the students. They should start thinking about things we associate with Thanksgiving as well as things we can be thankful for.
  2. Write students’ responses on the board.
  3. Show a Thanksgiving word web on the overhead. Each bubble will contain words that pertain to what students see, hear, smell, taste and do at Thanksgiving.
  4. Tell students that they will write a special poem about Thanksgiving using the words they generated on their word web. Hand out the cinquain template, write the title and use words from word web to write the cinquain.
  5. To close the activity, pair up students and have them read their cinquain poetry to each other.

    Cinquain Template

    One word (title)

    Two words (describe title)
    Three words (action)
    Four words (feeling)
    One word (refer back to title)

Note from LessonPlansPage:

      This looked like fun, so we tried it. These are bad examples because we didn’t use a word map or our senses, but we did have fun!
Stuffing Turkeys
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
We All Get Stuffed
Turkey’s Nightmare
Chopping, Plucking, Stuffing
Please Don’t Pick Me
Pilgrims, Indians
Peacefully Feasting Together
Wish The World Celebrated


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