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Plymouth Rocks!: History of Thanksgiving for High Schoolers

This board provides a series of interdisciplinary resources high school educators can use to engage students and provide the historical background in a captivating way. This content board includes a teaching guide, access to a PBS original series on the History of Pilgrims and Native Americans, a math-themed lesson on Black Friday, and an interactive digital guide for students looking to learn about the history and origins of Thanksgiving.
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Plymouth Rocks!: History of Thanksgiving for High Schoolers
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    Are you looking for how to approach teaching the history of Thanksgiving to students who at their hands have a wealth of information through the internet? Use this guide to determine whether you are teaching a fabricated and safe version of the 1621 events. Excellent guide for teachers who do not have a thorough historical background.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    This episode guide (PBS’ We Shall Remain) contains activities designed to help older students understand the historical significant of the events that unfolded after the Mayflower. Students are to use the internet to learn about the Native peoples that lived in the North American continent and the NA populations in the U.S. today. Guide includes post-viewing questions, discussion questions, bibliographies and resources for teachers.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    A math-oriented two-day lesson for students to understand the economical significance of Black Friday shopping frenzy. Students are to work in small groups to prepare an advocacy campaign for Black Friday shoppers. Lesson is designed to help students understand the steps they should take to use credit cards.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    This short podcast can be streamed in classroom prior to starting any major Thanksgiving day activity. NPR’s Renee Montagne and Chris Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen give a brief history on Thanksgiving kitchen favorites and how to make them. In the past— teachers I have worked with have implemented activities in where older students cooked these recipes as part of week-long holiday festivals.
  • Ambar Paulino says:
    Part of an interactive digital guide - The First Thanksgiving by Scholastic. This activity encourages the use of transcripts of interviews with historical interpreters from Plymouth Plantation. Students are to read the interviews as research starters for students. The final part of this activity encourages students to write their own interpretation of the events as theater skits.
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BloomBoard Asks:What fun and informative activities have you implemented in your U.S. history/ELA classroom to teach your students about Thanksgiving and the history behind it?