Turkey Day Lesson Plans for ELL and Adult Learners!

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! It’s that time of year again, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday for years because it is surrounded by food and family time, and what can be a better combination than that? Get into the season this year by adding some Thanksgiving into your lesson plans. Learn about the truth of Thanksgiving with your students.  Here are some ideas from Yahoo and Larry Ferlazzo. 

Adult Learners

Myths about the “First Thanksgiving” from Read Write Think

Use stories from the real Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Flash Cards


ESL Thanksgiving from EL Civics

Turkey Escape
Larry believes using online video games with walk throughs (the instructions on how to win the game) are good language-development tools for English Language Learners. You can read more about how I use them in this article.  In “Turkey Escape” players get to develop vocabulary, reading skills — plus rescue a turkey from being served as the main course at a Thanksgiving dinner.  Here’s the Walkthrough.

And finally, a fun video of President Obama pardoning a turkey. Happy holidays!


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