The history of Thanksgiving
A Thanksgiving story: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
What are you thankful for?
How Americans celebrate Thanksgiving today
A Thanksgiving meal
A Thanksgiving desert
A Thanksgiving turkey drawing activity
Thanksgiving is celebrated on the forth
Thursday of November.
This year, it is November 24, 2011!
It is a federal holiday—celebrated by the
whole USA. Banks, schools, and offices
are all closed.
The History of Thanksgiving
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in the
autumn of 1621 when the Wampanoag
Indians and the pilgrims got together for a
feast and fun.
They celebrated a good harvest of crops.
The Puritans (Pilgrims)
The Puritans were a group of people
who lived in England.
The King of England wanted them to
change their religion, but they did not
• So, the Pilgrims sailed on a boat from England to North America.
• They landed at Plymouth Rock, in Massachusetts.
• Because they moved to a new place, they were then called
The voyage from England to North America was very
difficult, and many of the Puritans died from starvation.
When they finally arrived, it was winter. The Pilgrims
did not have houses or food. Even more Pilgrims died.
The Native Americans Helped the Pilgrims:
to plant crops
to build houses
By the next winter…
The pilgrims had homes, food, and were healthy.
They had just had a successful harvest of fall crops.
They wanted to celebrate!
They invited their friends, the Native Americans, who had
helped them survive their first winter in Plymouth.
The Pilgrims and Native Americans enjoyed an enormous
feast and festival.
They ate, talked, and played games together.
The pilgrims and native Americans ate
turkey, fish, deer, sweet potatoes, and corn.
But the first thing they did was to say a prayer
of Thanksgiving to God for giving them
friends, food, houses and a place to live where
they could go to any church they wanted.
The day after Thanksgiving marks the first Christmas
Store have HUGE sales and people line up in the middle
of the night.
Stores open very early (4 a.m.) to get the best items!
Pumpkin Bars: Recipe
13 ounces of white sugar
5 ounces of oil
15 ounce can of pumpkin puree
16 ounces of flour
Two dashes of baking powder (.2 oz)
One dash of baking soda (.1 oz)
Two dashes of ground cinnamon
One dash of salt
1. Preheat oven to (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin with an electric
mixer until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking
soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly
3. Spread the batter evenly into an ungreased 10x15 inch jellyroll pan. Bake
for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven. Cool before frosting.
4. To make the frosting, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in
vanilla. Add sugar a little at a time, beating until mixture is smooth. Spread
evenly on top of the cooled bars. Cut into squares.
• 3 ounces of softened cream cheese
• 8 ounces of butter, softened
• A dash of vanilla extract
• 16 ounces of sugar
Trace your hand
Make a body and feathers
The Thanksgiving Story: Past Tense
In 1620, a group of people, the Pilgrims, sail from England to America.
There are 100 people on the ship, called the Mayflower.
They want to start a new life in America and practice their religion in
They land at a place on the north-east coast of America.
They call it Plymouth.
They are far from their home, and life was hard.
They had little food and know little about their new home.
Their first winter was very cold and many of them became sick and die.
However, the Native Americans who lived there decide to help them.
They teach the Pilgrims how to grow corn and other plants.
They also give them medicine to treat their illnesses.
They show the Pilgrims how to hunt for food and build better houses.
The Pilgrims work hard and their crops grew.
By November 1621, all of them have food and a home.
To thank the Native Americans, the Pilgrims invite them to a dinner.
The dinner lasts for three days.
This dinner is the first Thanksgiving.