I have to come up with two 45 minute lessons on Thanksgiving to teach my second graders. There’s lots of stuff out there about explaining the history of Thanksgiving to 7 year olds. I’m iffy about most of them. My Golden Rule when teaching elementary school Social Studies is to not teach them anything that needs to be un-taught later.
I don’ t have a lot of time and 7 year olds (especially these particular 7 year olds) aren’t known for their grasp of nuance. I’m kind of at a loss. I may just spend one day on the bare bones outline of the history and a day on modern vocabulary and concepts related to Thanksgiving.