The First Thanksgiving


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The First Thanksgiving

  1. 1. Thanksgiving The Voyage, Daily Life, Native Americans, the First Thanksgiving Feast and Thanksgiving Today
  2. 2. Voyage on the Mayflower <ul><li>On September 16, 1620, a group of people called Pilgrims left England because King James I did not permit religious freedom. He said, “Everyone has to belong to the Church of England.” The Pilgrims boarded a ship called the Mayflower and set sail for America. </li></ul><ul><li>They sailed for 66 days over choppy waters and sometimes through stormy weather. </li></ul><ul><li>On November 21, 1620 (2 months later) the Pilgrims arrived in America. They landed at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth Massachusetts. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The First Winter <ul><li>There were about 100 Pilgrims. </li></ul><ul><li>The first winter was very cold and difficult for the Pilgrims. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of them were sick and did not have enough food to eat. </li></ul><ul><li>Half of the Pilgrims did not survive the first winter. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Native Americans <ul><li>The pilgrims met a friendly Native American named Squanto. </li></ul><ul><li>He helped the Pilgrims and Native Americans to become friends. </li></ul><ul><li>The Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to live in the wilderness. </li></ul><ul><li>They gave the Pilgrims seeds for corn and taught them how to plant crops for food. </li></ul><ul><li>They also taught the Pilgrims how to hunt and fish for food. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Thanksgiving Feast <ul><li>In the fall, the Pilgrims harvested their crops. </li></ul><ul><li>They were very grateful to the Native Americans for teaching them how to survive off the land. </li></ul><ul><li>The Pilgrims and the Native Americans had a feast to give thanks for their food and their friendship. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Thanksgiving Today <ul><li>Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. </li></ul><ul><li>Family and friends gather together to give thanks. </li></ul><ul><li>They share food, laughter and love. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The First Thanksgiving Song <ul><li>The First Thanksgiving   (Tune:The Muffin Man ) </li></ul><ul><li>The Pilgrims came to America America, America. The Pilgrims came to America a long, long time ago. </li></ul><ul><li>They sailed on the Mayflower the Mayflower, the Mayflower. They sailed on the Mayflower a long, long time ago. </li></ul><ul><li>They made friends with the Indians The Indians, the Indians. They made friends with the Indians a long, long time ago. </li></ul><ul><li>They planted seeds. The corn grew tall The corn grew tall. The corn grew tall. They planted seeds. The corn grew tall a long, long time ago. </li></ul><ul><li>They had a great Thanksgiving feast Thanksgiving feast, Thanksgiving feast. They had a great Thanksgiving feast a long, long time ago. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Fun Facts <ul><li>There was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving Day Feast. </li></ul><ul><li>There was also no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast. </li></ul><ul><li>The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fun Facts - continued <ul><li>Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. </li></ul><ul><li>Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining! </li></ul><ul><li>President Abraham Lincoln established the original date for our National Thanksgiving Day celebration in 1863. </li></ul><ul><li>According the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the United States at Thanksgiving. </li></ul><ul><li>Americans feast on 535 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving. </li></ul>