Read a chart to learn more about where the foods in your family’s Thanksgiving feast were grown.
economy, geography, turkey, Thanksgiving, food, nutrition, farm, food, production
Begin the lesson by asking students to list foods that might be found at a Thanksgiving feast in their families. (Use this as an opportunity to point out that one family's Thanksgiving feast might differ greatly from another's. Many family use foods that are part of their own culture of family tradition when they celebrate Thanksgiving.) Write down the foods that students call out.
Write the information in the chart below on a board or chart. The chart shows five U.S. states that are among the leaders in turkey production and the number of turkeys raised in each of those states.
|LEADING U.S. TURKEY PRODUCERS|
Give students an opportunity to study the information on the chart. If you teach younger students, you might walk them through the information on the chart. (You might also round off information on the chart. For example, you might round 46,500,000 to the nearest million: 47,000,000. Or you might simply write out the information in words: 47 million turkeys.)
Then ask students grade-appropriate questions about the information on the chart. The questions below serves as examples of the kinds of questions you might ask:
Provide each student with a copy of the Thanksgiving Feast work sheet. On that work sheet, students study charts and answer questions about the production of two other common Thanksgiving foods -- sweet potatoes and cranberries.
WORK SHEET ANSWERS: 1.c, 2.c, 3.a, 4.b, 5.b, 6.c, 7.b. BONUS: 6,494,000 barrels.
Lesson Plan Source
MATHEMATICS: Number and Operations
GRADES 3 - 5
NM-NUM.3-5.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.3-5.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.3-5.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES 6 - 8
NM-NUM.6-8.1 Understand Numbers, Ways of Representing Numbers, Relationships Among Numbers, and Number Systems
NM-NUM.6-8.2 Understand Meanings of Operations and How They Relate to One Another
NM-NUM.6-8.3 Compute Fluently and Make Reasonable Estimates
GRADES Pre-K - 12
NM-REP.PK-12.1 Create and Use Representations to Organize, Record, and Communicate Mathematical Ideas
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Economics
GRADES K - 4
NSS-EC.K-4.1 Productive Resources
NSS-EC.K-4.8 Supply and Demand
NSS-EC.K-4.9 Competition in the Marketplace
GRADES 5 - 8
NSS-EC.5-8.1 Productive Resources
NSS-EC.5-8.8 Supply and Demand
NSS-EC.5-8.9 Competition in the Marketplace
GRADES 9 - 12
NSS-EC.9-12.1 Productive Resources
NSS-EC.9-12.8 Supply and Demand
NSS-EC.9-12.9 Competition in the Marketplace
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Geography
GRADES K - 12
NSS-G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
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