A Lesson Plan for Thanksgiving

By Annie Thornton 11.22.2015 blog

As Thanksgiving draws near, invite your students to watch this inspiring Channel One News story about former NFL player Jason Brown. Once a star center for the St. Louis Rams, Brown walked away from his football career to become a farmer and help provide food for the hungry. His farm, First Fruits Farm, donates the first harvest of every crop to food pantries in his North Carolina community.


Discuss: Why does Jason Brown feel that farming is more meaningful than playing for the NFL? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Research: Visit the United States Department of Agriculture’s website to learn more about Food Security in the U.S.

Work with a partner to answer the following questions:

  • What is food security?
  • What percentage of U.S. households are food insecure?
  • How many U.S. households with children are food insecure? Why do you think these two numbers are different?
  • What other characteristics contribute to food insecurity in the U.S.?
  • Locate Jason Brown’s home state and determine if it is food secure or not. How might this have influenced his new career decision?
  • Is your home state food secure?

Explanatory Writing: Why is providing food for others necessary in our country? Use details from the video, the U.S. Department of Agriculture website and your own experiences to support your response.

Share: Call on student volunteers to share their responses aloud.

Reflect: What can you do this Thanksgiving to help others? Describe a problem that you see in your community. Then, outline an action you can take to help others. Be specific about the problem you’d like to solve and the steps you could take to solve it.

At Channel One News, we’ve got over 3,000 videos to engage your students in important current events. Here are just a few more of our Thanksgiving stories. Not a subscriber yet? Contact us to learn more.

  • Cooking for Charity Two young chefs turn their talents in the kitchen into a delicious way to help others.
  • History of Thanksgiving Learn the real story of Thanksgiving, and discover how the day became a national holiday.
  • The Cost of Thanksgiving Ever wonder just how much it costs to prepare a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings? Well, we’ve calculated the expenses for you.

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  1. MAY 2023

    We should have a we can Wednesday were we all try something we don’t think we can do though it does not follow the idea of this page (witch I would have commented on the giving Tuesday but I could not find a comment area) but on we can Wednesday we try to accomplish what we consider something we CAN’T do . I have learned at my school that we can do anything if we try hard enough . Thank you Channel One News

  2. Darin Johnson

    I think if that is what he wants to do he should be able to do it.

    • MAY 2023

      email me if you enjoy my idea

  3. peyton

    I think that he can follow his dreams if he wants to.

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