EL Civics for ESL Students
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Dinner

ESL Thanksgiving Lesson

by www.elcivics.com

Thanksgiving Day is the fourth Thursday in November. It is a federal holiday, so schools, banks, post offices, and government offices are closed. Thanksgiving was the first holiday celebrated in America. It was first celebrated in the autumn of 1621 when the Wampanoag Indians and the pilgrims got together for a three-day feast and festival of fun. Today, families celebrate Thanksgiving by eating turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, corn, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and an NFL football game are special Thanksgiving Day events. Thanksgiving is on the fourth Thursday of November. (3 pages)


What is Thanksgiving?

  • It is a federal holiday that is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November.
  • The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 when the pilgrims invited the Indians to a three-day feast to celebrate the autumn harvest.


Mayflower Ship

Who were the pilgrims?

  • The pilgrims were a small group of people who sailed to North America in order to start a new life.
  • They wanted religious freedom.


  Page 2 >>

Copyrights to the pictures and photos on this Thanksgiving lesson belong to individual photographers. We have purchased the rights to use them. Do not copy the pictures and photos on this ESL lesson. Permission is granted to download any of the free ESL worksheets for classroom or home study. Contact Christina Niven, ESL teacher, at christina@elcivics.com. Please send corrections, comments, greetings, and requests for new lessons. Copyright © Christina Niven, 2007.