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Students use the Internet here to research the history of the Thanksgiving holiday


Social Studies  



Title – History of Thanksgiving
By – Anita Claudette Roberts
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Computers / Internet, Language Arts, Other
Grade Level – 6

Lesson Summary:

Students use the Internet to research the history of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Targeted South Carolina Content Standards:

  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making

Student Objectives/Learning Goals:

Problem solving and informational sharing using sites such as Scholastic, Google and


  • The class views a video on the history of Thanksgiving (check your media center or the LessonPlansPage Recommended Thanksgiving Videos List).
  • Each student is then assigned into a group.
  • Each group is responsible for looking on the Internet to find out about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday.┬áThe groups take the information that was learned via the video and add what they have found via the resources.
  • The groups also answer how their own family Thanksgiving traditions are similar or different to those in the first Thanksgiving feast.
  • Each group then presents their findings to the rest of the class.

Time Required:

  • Two days to view video and finish research
  • One day to make presentations to the class.

Material and Resources Required:

  • video to be watched on the Smartboard along with question list.
  • printed list of group questions
  • pencils, computers, and paper

Internet Resources:

  • research sites such as Scholastic and Google
  • videos and resources recommended on the Thanksgiving page

Multimedia Components:

  • Video clip
  • Internet site activity

Student Assessment:

Students are graded on group assignment and participation.

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