A Lesson Plan for Thanksgiving

By Annie Thornton 10.23.2017 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.

Watch: “NFL Player Turns Farmer”


Whole-Class Discussion

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

Research Assignment

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

Partner Work

Student pairs 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 Prompt

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. Call on student volunteers to share their responses aloud.

Student Reflection

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.

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Subscribers can access these other Channel One News videos about Thanksgiving:

  • 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.


  1. kaliyah

    i think that he is making the right choice for giving up on the NFL and going to be a farmer and help feed the hungry and i do belive that he made the right choice so i agree that he made the right choice and i hope that he contnuies to give food the hungry

  2. Dorothy Kabua

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

    Jason Brown feels that way cause he wants to feed the hungry and homeless.Yes I agree with him because he’s doing the right thing.

    • kaliyah

      he wants to quit the NFL for a good reason he wants to feed the hungry so that they are not starving and the streets and i do agree with him for being a farmer and helping the hungry

  3. Alleah

    if he wants to quit football and be a farmer he can it is his dream he can do what he wants.

  4. P@tty

    if he wants to be a farmer and not a football player let him be what he wants to be

  5. Dillon Fugate

    I think why Jason does it because he care’s about people in america and where he can help people that don’t have food in america and to help feed his mother and kid’s.

  6. DogLoverTips

    I think this a really really cool idea he should be able to do whatever he wants to do with his life!

    I think it’s cool that he grows crop and than gives away to the people who really need!

  7. Mark B

    Definetly because this is America

  8. Mark B

    I think he can do what he wants because this is America!!!!!!!

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. peyton

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

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