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What is Thanksgiving?Thanksgiving is a secular holiday that we celebrate in the UnitedStates on the fourth Thursday in November. We have vacation on Thursday and Friday of that week.
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?We celebrate Thanksgiving because of the history ofthe Pilgrims, people who traveled from England tolive in the United States.
The History of ThanksgivingThe Pilgrims were people who lived in England. In 1620, theyleft England in search of religious freedom in America, or “TheNew World”.It took 66 days for the Pilgrims to reach America. They traveledin a boat called the Mayflower. They arrived in Plymouth Rock,Massachusetts.
The first winter was very hard for the Pilgrims. The had hardly anyfood. They did not know how to grow more. Many of them got sickand died.
In the spring, the Native Americans showed the Pilgrims how to plantvegetables like corn, pumpkins, and squash. They watched them grow. TheNative Americans also showed them how to make medicines to stayhealthy when they got sick. Pumpkins and SquashCornWhen autumn came, they all had plenty of food. They harvested thevegetables. The Native Americans and the Pilgrims feasted together forthree days. They ate lots of food and gave thanks for everything they had.A new tradition had begun.
Can you remember?• Why did the Pilgrims leave England?• When did they reach America?• What happened during the first winter?• Why did they have plenty of food the next autumn?• How did they celebrate?
Thanksgiving Today!Thanksgiving is a holiday that we spend with lots of family.Everyone brings different kinds of food to a family member’s houseand we eat a very big meal together and give thanks for all we have.I celebrate Thanksgiving every year with my dad’s side of the family.We always have dinner at my uncle and aunt’s house.
Thanksgiving FoodThere are many kinds of typical Thanksgiving foods, but themost important food for Thanksgiving is the turkey.
Cranberry Sauce(salsa de arándano)
Mashed Potatoes(puré de papas)
Green Bean Casserole(cazuela de judías verdes)
Sweet Potatoes (batatas)
Pumpkin Pie(tarta de calabaza)
Thanksgiving Day ActivitiesMacy’s Department Storein New York City puts onthe biggest parade of theyear on the morning ofThanksgiving. They havehuge floats, lots of music,and sometimes famoussingers in the parade.
Cooking DinnerWe all cook the meal together before we eat.
After we make the food, we all eat together and give thanks.
After the Meal…After we eat, someone has to wash all the dishes. Last year, mymom and my uncle had to wash the dishes.
HuntingDuring Thanksgiving, it is also very popular for people to gohunting for deer. My dad, uncle, and cousins always go huntingon Thanksgiving.
Football!There is always an important (American) football game onThanksgiving Day. After we eat we watch our team play…andwin!
After the football game, my cousins and I always playScrabble. It is always a big competition!
We do lots of fun activities on Thanksgivingand we have a lot of food and a big party, but above all, Thanksgiving is about being together with family.
Grammar Practice!Use the correct form of the verb “be” to complete the sentence:1. Turkey is the most important food on Thanksgiving.2. The Pilgrims are people from England who came to America in1620.3. Green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie are popular foods onThanksgiving.4. Watching football games is a popular activity on Thanksgiving.5. The floats in the Thanksgiving parade are very big.6. Usually, I am very excited for Thanksgiving. This year I ‘m notbecause I won’t be with my family.
Making SentencesUse the following words to make 5 sentences about Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving A time to give thanks. turkey likes To watch football The family are is A popular activity hunting like Very important Emily Watching the parade The Pilgrims From EnglandMy cousins and I To play gamesSweet potatoes
What secular holidays do you have in Spain?• How do you celebrate?• Do you eat special foods?• Do you celebrate with family or friends? Or both?• Do you have to go to school?• Do you like these holidays?• What are you thankful for? I am thankful for…