We started by learning to retell the Thanksgiving story with some picture clues.
Once the kids were good at retelling they made bead bracelets to assist with their storytelling. Each bead stands for an element in the Thanksgiving story.
We made these cute books with pictures to help us tell the story of Thanksgiving:
We learned all about Pilgrims and how their lives were different from ours.
We learned about Native Americans and their customs, Made headbands and money pouches (complete with seashells to represent early money)
We created a pie graph showing how many of us like to eat turkey and how many don't. The kids colored a coin with either "yes" or "no" and then we put them in a circle and drew lines between the two groups. The kids had fun coloring in the graph then we added it to a big turkey on our bulletin board. After we did a class survey and the kids made their own pie charts.
Made Turkey Glyphs:
Read Deanna Jump's Thanksgiving reader, then sang it, and sequenced it! After the kids made their own easy reader - but I forgot a pic!
Sorted how the first thanksgiving was different than a current day thanksgiving
Made a list of things we are thankful for:
Finger painted Indian Corn:
did lots of journal writing and math prompts:
Books We Read This Week (and a half!):
These Activities are from:
Melissa Freshwater's Thanksgiving Math and Literacy Centers
Deanna Jump's Thanksgiving Pack
First Grade Blue Skies Let's Make a Pilgrim!
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