Lesson Plan

Thanksgiving Weather

Students will enjoy Science after this activity.
Stephanie E.
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Broken Bow Elementary-Round Hill
Broken Bow, NE
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My Grades 4, 5, 6
My Subjects Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...

1.  Science:   Students will work independently.  Students will find research on their ipads about the how weather effected the pilgrims.  They will also record and chart the weather in their area for two weeks.


Grades 4 - 6
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1 Pilgrim/Thanksgiving Projects

Activity: Other — HOOK

Engage students in discussing the Thanksgiving holiday and the weather that comes with it.  Discuss what weather they typically experience and then the weather the Mayflower and Indians first experienced.  



1.  Have students read the information about the winter of 1620-1621 at The Stormfax Weather Almanac.

2.  Discuss how the weather, both good and bad, affected the lives of the Pilgrims.



Have the students read the attached articles and create a  chart/graph and record the temperature and weather conditions in:

- their area over a two week period.

- the weather the Mayflower endured on their voyage


Activity: Other — Feedback

Students tend to appreciate and value the feedback of their peers. After students have completed their charts/graphs, have them upload them to Google Docs for peer reviews.

Students may need support in what to look for when reviewing the work of their peers. You can include:

1. What did you like best about the chart/graph?

2. What questions do you have about the chart/graph?

3. What suggestions would you make to the writer to improve their chart/graph?