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In the Spirit of Giving “Thanks”! – 15 of the Best Thanksgiving ESL Lesson Plans on the Web!

1. History, vocabulary, reading and listening combine to make a fascinating lesson on the origins of the holiday and feast.

http://www.everythingesl.net/lessons/gobble.php

2. Multi-disciplinary unit on Thanksgiving with enough vocabulary, literacy, numeracy and social studies exercises to keep your little pilgrims busy for hours.

http://www.busyteacherscafe.com/themes/thanksgiving.html

3. Charlie Brown themed Thanksgiving activities sure to put a smile on your kids faces. They’ll be happy working away which will put a smile on your face as well.

http://www.eslprintables.com/vocabulary_worksheets/holidays_and_traditions/thanksgiving_day/charlie_brown_thanksgiving/

4. Nice mixture of various ESL Thanksgiving activities which talks about both American and Canadian traditions.

http://www.cubictalk.com/cubicboard/matrials/holidays/thanksgiving-beg.pdf

5. Pumpkin-centred ESL lesson. Everything you ever wanted to know about pumpkins but were afraid to ask!

http://www.esolcourses.com/content/topics/food/fruit/pumpkin-fact-file.html

6. Songs and poems, many by Longfellow, that will give your class a whole new appreciation for the Native American experience.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/native-american/poems-rhymes/

7. Large number of short stories that celebrate the theme and history of Thanksgiving. You can give thanks for all the opportunities to share new vocabulary.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/thanksgiving/short-stories/

8. Funny Thanksgiving cartoon with a link to hundreds more! Create great discussion and have a good laugh at the same time.

http://jeffreyhill.typepad.com/english/2008/11/thanksgiving-cartoon.html#.UlHpCmR4ZjY

9. Great chance to learn cooking and food vocabulary through exploring Thanksgiving recipes. Give your adult students real treat by facilitating them cooking the entire meal!

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/recipes.htm

10. Dozens and dozens of printable ESL Thanksgiving worksheets. Spread the “giving” spirit by handing out multiple sheets to every student.

http://www.abcteach.com/directory/holidays-months-and-seasons-holidays-thanksgiving-3654-2-1

11. Coming from one of the most trusted resources out there, here are a whole basket full of activities, games and general information from National Geographic Kids.

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/stories/peopleplaces/thanksgiving-traditions/

12. Get your students mouths’ watering and learn all about food and measurements with these Thanksgiving recipes.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/thanksgiving-ideas/classic-thanksgiving-recipes

13. Neat jumping off point for learning about Thanksgiving traditions for cultures across the world.

http://aumesl.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/thanksgiving-around-the-world/

14. Be thankful for dozens of printable Thanksgiving stickers, flashcards, word-searches and worksheets.

http://www.mes-english.com/flashcards/thanksgiving.php

15. For the more musically inclined teachers out there here are a number of Thanksgiving-themed songs to entertain your little ESL learners with.

http://www.songsforteaching.com/thanksgivingsongs/

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