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Create a Thanksgiving Recipe Book

Students will conduct research to learn about the history of different Thanksgiving foods. They will use what they learn to create informational pages about each food. Then they will compile the pages to create a Thanksgiving recipe book.

PROCESS:

  1. Poll the class to see how many students have ever eaten green bean casserole as part of their Thanksgiving meal. Invite any volunteers who have helped prepare the dish to compare the ingredients they used with the patented recipe mentioned in the article.
  2. Then have students brainstorm a list of other foods served during the Thanksgiving meal. Instruct students to select one dish and investigate its origins. Who invented the dish? Where and why was it first created? Have any recipes for this dish been patented? If so, challenge students to find a copy of the patented recipe. If not, encourage them to find a popular recipe for the dish.
  3. Instruct students to compile the information they collected to create an informational page about this Thanksgiving food. Encourage them to include a photo and brief history explaining how the dish was invented. And remind them not to forget to include the recipe!
  4. Combine students' work to create a Thanksgiving recipe book for the class.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share the three most interesting facts they learned about the Thanksgiving food they investigated. Challenge the class to summarize how and why each dish became part of the Thanksgiving meal.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, identify common dishes served during a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group one dish. Have groups conduct research to learn more about their assigned food. Challenge them to find a popular recipe for the dish. Then give groups time to create an informational page about their assigned foods.
Grades 5-6:
Have students complete the activity in small groups. Invite each group to select a dish typically served during the Thanksgiving meal. Make sure there are no repeats. As groups conduct research, challenge them to find a popular recipe for the dish. Give them time to create an informational page about their Thanksgiving dish.
Grades 7-8:
Have students complete the activity in pairs. Invite partners to select a dish typically served during the Thanksgiving meal. Challenge them to find a patented recipe for the dish. Then give them time to conduct research to learn who invented the recipe and how and why it became a traditional Thanksgiving dish. Give partners time to create an informational page about their assigned food.
Grades 9-10:
Have students complete the activity in pairs. Invite partners to select a dish typically served during the Thanksgiving meal. Challenge them to find both a patented recipe for the dish and an upgraded version written more recently. Encourage partners to conduct research to learn about the origins of each recipe. Then give partners time to create an informational page comparing the two recipes for their Thanksgiving dish.