I Am Thankful
unit will focus on the act of being thankful. Many of the
activities will deal with students telling why they are thankful and what
they are thankful for. Facts about Pilgrims and Native
Americans will be discussed. Thanksgiving is also a wonderful
time for art projects!
have organized this theme unit as a listing of activities and
projects. By doing this it allows me to mix and match
activities to use during my language development class. I read lots
of books to the children and we complete a variety of activities
using the vocabulary words.
- thankful, Thanksgiving, Pilgrim, Native American,
discussion about Pilgrims coming to America:
trip to America:
colonists began their trip with two ships: the Mayflower
and the Speedwell.
Speedwell leaked so badly that the ship was left behind
of the passengers had to remain in England, too.
rest of the passengers crowded aboard the Mayflower.
were 102 passengers on the Mayflower and about 26 crew
we refer to all of the passengers on the Mayflower as
Pilgrims or colonists.
were many storms during the 66-day voyage.
sailor and one passenger died.
baby boy, Oceanus Hopkins was born during the trip.
Pilgrims began to build houses onshore in Plymouth.
- Most of
of the people lived on the Mayflower while the houses were
Pilgrims got very sick. 47 Pilgrims died during the
a Mayflower ship model. Write
several sentences about what you would take with you for the long
journey to America. You will need: construction paper- large
blue sheet for the background, white for the sails, brown for the
ship and 2 popsicle sticks. (See
for a ship picture).
a copy of the poem for each student to have in their poetry book.
am thankful for pets.
I am thankful for school.
I am thankful when I
Can swim in a pool.
am thankful for home,
And the food that I eat.
I am thankful for all
The new friends that I meet.
am thankful for health,
And for my family.
I'm especially thankful
That I am just ME!
-Thank You Book:
Make a construction paper
cover, add several typing paper sheets. On the cover write- I
Am Thankful For... Inside the book students will glue pictures (from
magazines) to the pages of things they are thankful for. Be
sure to write the name of the picture on each page.
project: take a wire coat
hanger, bend into an oval with hook at the top. Stretch one
leg of brown or tan panty hose over the hanger, tie at the
top. Children cut out and glue on 3-4 feathers on each side of
the hook. Add 2 large white eyes with black pupils, orange
triangle for the beak, red gobbler and 2 orange or yellow
feet. Hang up and enjoy!
Turkey - use a marshmallow puff cookie for the body, using frosting
attach 1/2 of a fudge strip cookie for the tail, attach 1 piece of
candy corn for the head. Enjoy!
were many native tribes living in southeastern Massachusetts and
Rhode Island (24,000 people at the time the Pilgrims landed).
They were part of the Wampanoag Nation.
brief fight occurred between a group of colonists and some
Nauset Wampanoag. The Natives attacked the colonists because
some of their tribe had been captured and sold into slavery in
Patuxet Wampanoag had lived in Plymouth before the Pilgrims.
200 Patuxet died in a plague that occurred between 1616 and
1619. The plague was probably smallpox, brought to America by
one Patuxet, Squanto, did not die from the plague. He had
been captured and sold into slavery in 1614 and was living in
England when the rest of his tribe died.
a Native from the Monhegan tribe in Maine who spoke English,
walked into Plymouth on March 16, 1621.
greeted the Pilgrims by saying, "Welcome, Englishmen! My
name is Samoset."
returned to Plymouth on March 22. He brought Massasoit with him.
Massasoit was a Pokanoket Wampanoag sachem (leader).
Bradford and Massasoit signed a peace treaty.
the only surviving member of the Patuxet tribe, also came to
and Hobbamock lived at Plymouth Plantation. They helped the
colonists to gather food, plant corn, find their way in the
wilderness and to understand the native people.
a 16 inch circle from a brown grocery bag. Students decorate
the circle. Crinkle up the bag to look like the hide of an
animal. Cut a slit from one edge to the center of the
circle. Roll into a cone shape, staple and cut a flap for the
Corn Treat - Use a twinkie as the base, frost with vanilla frosting,
'glue' on various pieces of colorful cereal (fruity pebbles, etc.)
and a few mini M&M's, use yellow or orange colored fruit roll
ups for the corn husk.
2 brown large grocery bags cut out a large tree with branches.
On fall colored leaves children write what they are thankful for and
glue them to the tree branches.
-Create a thank
you certificate to give to someone in your family. http://www.night.net/kids/cert-thanks.html-ssi