Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

I did my best to research and teach my child all about Thanksgiving. Why we celebrate it and all that happy jazz before the Native Americans got practically wiped out and everyone was still friends.  I also learned a few new things myself. 

Thanksgiving Story
I didn't find a book I liked at the library to read on the subject, so after reading a couple of  historical accounts of the pilgrims voyage, meeting the Wampanoag tribe, and the first thanksgiving feast, I put together a story for Kiley that would be fun and easy for her to understand.  Even came with colored pictures!  It worked out really well and helped set up all our learning activities for the week.

We took a day to learn about the pilgrims.  Who were they?  Where did they come from?  Why did they leave their home in search of a new one?  What did they wear?  What kind of chores did the children have?  I found a cute pilgrim boy and girl cut out on google images.

We talked about what the pilgrim's took on the boat and what Kiley would take if she moved far away.  How long was the voyage? What did they eat? A couple of articles I read said they brought beer to drink because they thought it would hold up well during the long voyage.  Since that was the main drinking option, it's what the kids drank also!

Wampanoag Tribe
We took another day to learn about the neighboring Native American tribe.  The pilgrims new friends, especially Squanto, were key to teaching them how to grow corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish and keep away from poisonous plants.  Which was very helpful since about half of the group recently died of scurvy.  What kind of homes did the live in?  What was their culture like?  How did they dress?

Later on that afternoon we went by the Ogden Nature Center.  They were having a special class that day talking about bald eagles.  They brought in the center's very own eagle named Des Ta Te which had been named by an Apache after spending some time with the bird.  The center adopted Des Ta Te when she was very young.  When she was about 3 months old she had been found with half of a wing shot off.

Fun facts about eagles:
-In old English the word balde meant white.  So, when the pilgrims came over they called the eagle a bald eagle, due to it's white head. 
-An eagle can squeeze 1,000 lbs in their claw!  That could crush a deers skull.
-When diving for fish, an eagle can get up to 70 miles per hour.

Thanksgiving Feast
What was the celebration for? What food was served at the feast?  Who all came?  How long did it last? What kind of food do we eat at our dinner?  Why do we celebrate thanksgiving as a family?  Come to find out, quite a few articles I read said that turkey wasn't even served at the first thanksgiving. 

I found another blog that they made a thanksgiving story bead bracelet.  Each color represented a part of the story. Kiley had fun making the bracelet and it helped to review the story we read from the beginning of the week.

How can you go thanksgiving without at least one turkey art?

Due to a couple good days of snow fall, we were able to go sledding up on Powder mountain with some friends.  It was already very deep that we kept sinking in it while climbing up the side.  Fresh powdery snow made for fast sledding and a lot of snow in your face!


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