OVERVIEW <br /> We will be discussing the first Thanksgiving, what it means to be thankful, and the meaning behind the Thanksgiving holiday. <br />We will also talk about what it means to be thankful, focusing on things like family and friends, and not materials goods. <br />
Questions to consider<br />What did they eat at the first Thanksgiving? How is it different from what we eat?<br />What does it mean to be thankful?<br />What is the meaning behind the Thanksgiving holiday?<br />How are the lives of the pilgrims and Indians different from our lives?<br />What are you thankful for? <br />
Connection with Indiana Social Studies Standards<br />K.1.1 -Compare children and families of today with those in the past.<br />K.1.2 -Identify celebrations and holidays as a way of remembering and honoring people, events and America's ethnic heritage.<br />
The First Thanksgiving<br />“In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.“<br />“This harvest meal has become a symbol of cooperation and interaction between English colonists and Native Americans.”<br />Kathleen Curtin. (2008). The First Thanksgiving. Retrieved from http://www.history.com/content/thanksgiving/the-first-thanksgiving<br />
What did they eat?<br />Their Menu<br />Venison<br />Wild fowl<br />More meat, less vegetables (vegetables were out of season)<br />No sweets or pies<br />Used spoons and knives (no forks) <br />Our menu<br />Turkey<br />Pumpkin pie <br />Mashed potatoes <br />Stuffing<br />Corn <br />Green beans <br />Sweet potatoes <br />Gravy <br />
What does it mean to be thankful ?<br />To be happy with what you have<br />To appreciate <br />Feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative<br />Dictionary.com, L.L.C. (2009). Thankful. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/thankful<br />
What is the meaning behind the Thanksgiving holiday?<br />It was when the pilgrims gave thanks for a bountiful harvest<br />The pilgrims and indians became friends<br />Giving thanks for the gifts of life, love, and joy<br />
Compare and contrast our lives to the lives of the pilgrims and Indians of the first thanksgiving<br />US<br />More food available to us<br />Buy our food at the grocery store<br />No electricity to cook with<br />Share with friends and family <br />PILGRIMS and INDIANS<br />Grew and hunted for their food <br />Cooked by fire <br />Share with friends and family <br />
What are you thankful for? <br />The students will be keeping a thankfulness journal throughout the month of November<br />Each day they will write about the things that they are thankful for in their lives.<br />This will keep them thinking positive and help them to get out their daily frustrations <br />
Thanksgiving Placemat<br />After writing in their journal throughout the course of the month, the children will make a Thanksgiving placemat.<br />The students will write what they are thankful for on fall leaf cutouts and glue them to a paper placemat. The placemat will be laminated for safe keeping. <br />
REFERENCES <br />Kathleen Curtin. (2008). The First Thanksgiving. Retrieved from http://www.history.com/content/thanksgiving/the-first-thanksgiving<br />Anna Daub. (2009). Thanksgiving Lesson Plans and Activities – Placemat. Retrieved from http://www.theteacherscorner.net/seasonal/thanksgiving/placemat.htm<br />Dictionary.com, L.L.C. (2009). Thankful. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/thankful<br />Debbie Ghate. (November 15, 2007). An American Holiday: The Moral Meaning Behind Thanksgiving. Retrieved from http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5057<br />Trish, Hoskins. (March 26,2009). Being Thankful: How to Feel Appreciative for all your Life’s Blessings. Retrieved from http://self-awareness.suite101.com/article.cfm/being_in_a_state_of_thankfulness<br />Catherine Millard. (1999). Why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving? Retrieved from http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/ednkc002.html<br />Stacey Schifferdecker. (2007). Teaching Children The Meaning of Thanksgiving. Retreived from http://www.more4kids.info/553/teaching-children-the-meaning-of-thanksgiving/<br />
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