Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I November 22, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
American Culture
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration depicting students discussing the significance of Thanksgiving and learning and practicing using prepositional phrases of place in an English lesson.

Lesson Overview

If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, you might go into a food coma! In this lesson, students will discuss the significance of the American holiday Thanksgiving and examine the traditional dishes associated with it. Students will learn and practice using prepositional phrases of place. Students will also identify traditional dishes from a holiday celebrated in their culture. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice using prepositional phrases of place such as "on the table," "beside the turkey," "under the table," "above the mantle," "next to the cranberries," and "between the pumpkin pie and the stuffing" to enhance their understanding of English grammar.

  • Listening: Students will listen to descriptions and discussions about Thanksgiving, focusing on understanding and identifying the use of prepositional phrases.

  • Speaking: Students will discuss the cultural significance of Thanksgiving, sharing personal experiences or knowledge about similar holidays in their own cultures.

  • Vocabulary: Students will learn vocabulary related to Thanksgiving and holiday meals, such as "stuffing," "gravy," "cranberry sauce," "mashed potatoes," and "sweet potatos."

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore how Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States, including traditions, food, and the meaning behind the holiday.

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks involving matching traditional dishes to descriptions, using prepositions correctly in sentences, and writing about holiday traditions from their own or other cultures.

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

eyes are bigger than one’s stomach [idiom]: used to say that someone has taken more food than he or she can possibly eat
food coma [noun]: a state of sleepiness or sluggishness that is experienced after eating a large meal
Thanksgiving [noun]: (in North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey
traditional dishes [noun]: foods and dishes that are passed on through generations or which have been eaten for a long time within a family
gratitude [noun]: the state of being grateful or thankful
stuffing [noun]: a seasoned mixture (breadcrumbs, vegetables, and butter) that is typically placed inside a turkey, pepper, etc., and cooked
gravy boat [noun]: a low boat-shaped container usually with a handle that is often used for serving gravies and sauces
Black Friday the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day that is considered by retailers to mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season in which many things are discounted
parade a public event involving many different people or groups who travel down a street usually on foot or in vehicles during a holiday
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