Kelsey Mitsdarffer Literary Focus Unit Thanksgiving Grade Level: second Books
Carlstrom, Nancy White. Thanksgiving Day at our house Thanksgiving poems for the very young. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999.
This is a collection of poems about one family's activities on Thanksgiving Day, including thoughts about the history behind the holiday, welcoming visiting relatives, praying for others, enjoying the good food, and giving thanks at the end of the day. (poems)
Gibbons, Gail. Thanksgiving Is... New York: Holiday House, 2004.
This book tells what Thanksgiving is all about. It covers everything from the first Thanksgiving, to how people celebrate today. It even includes America’s newest Thanksgiving traditions like the Thanksgiving Parade and football. (informational)
Hillert, Margaret. Why we have Thanksgiving. Chicago: Norwood House, 2007.
This book tells the story of the pilgrims coming to America, the difficulties they faced their first year, and their first celebration of Thanksgiving. It also contains reading activities to accompany the story. (historical fiction)
Metaxas, Eric. Squanto And The Miracle Of Thanksgiving. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1999.
Describes how the Massachusetts Indian Squanto was captured by the British, sold into slavery in Spain, and ultimately returned to the New World to become a guide and friend for the Pilgrims. (multicultural)
Thanksgiving stories and poems. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.
This is a collection of stories, poems, and songs about Thanksgiving Day. Many great authors contribute works to this book, such as Aileen Fisher, Jack Prelutsky, Eve Merriam, and Yoshiko Uchida. (poems)
Wargin, Kathy-jo. Mary's First Thanksgiving. Grand Rapids, Mich: Zonderkidz, 2008.
Mary misses her life and friends in Ireland and is sad that her family cannot celebrate Thanksgiving Day the way their New England neighbors do, until her parents share a story of the Pilgrims' first harvest festival. (historical fiction) Websites Teacher:
This website is very helpful, in that it gives links to other websites approved by respected teachers. It gives multiple references for each link it provides. It is easy to access and includes a great deal of helpful information for the classroom teacher.
This website is very helpful for a teacher or parent. It gives great ideas for crafts, cooking, lesson plans, and activities related to the holiday. It is easy to access and is filled with accurate and interesting information.
This website is full of lesson plans and activities for teachers to use in the classroom. It is easy to find the exact type of lesson plan you are looking for because it is well organized. It not only has lesson plans for Thanksgiving, but other holidays as well. Children:
This was probably my favorite website that I found. It is easy for students to access and provides tours or the Mayflower. It is full of stories from not only the pilgrims, but the Native Americans as well. It provides videos, activities, and stories.
This is a fun and educational webpage for children. It is full of games, activities, and stories for children to learn about Thanksgiving. It is very straightforward and easy for children to access in the classroom and at home.