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  1. 1. Thanksgiving
  2. 2. Thanksgiving Lesson  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
  3. 3. Celebrating Thanksgiving  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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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 want to!
  6. 6. The Puritans • 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 Pilgrims.
  7. 7. In America  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.
  8. 8. The Native Americans Helped the Pilgrims: to hunt to plant crops to build houses
  9. 9. By the next winter…  The pilgrims had homes, food, and were healthy.  They had just had a successful harvest of fall crops.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11.  The pilgrims and native Americans ate turkey, fish, deer, sweet potatoes, and corn.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (Adapted)
  14. 14. Thanksgiving Today  On Thanksgiving morning, there is a BIG parade in New York City!
  15. 15. What are you thankful for?  T  H  A  N  K  S  G  I  V  I  N  G  T  U  R  K  E  Y
  16. 16. Thanksgiving Dinner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  17. 17. Thanksgiving Dinner  1. Turkey  2. Ham  3. Mashed Potatoes  4. Cranberry Sauce  5. Vegetables  6. Sweet Potatoes  7. Rolls  8. Pumpkin Pie 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  18. 18. The Wishbone  After the meal, it is tradition for two family members to each hold one side of the wishbone and break it in half.  Whoever gets the bigger half will have good luck!
  19. 19. Napping
  20. 20. Leftovers
  21. 21. Football t=PLAF6185E9860678B9&lf=results_main
  22. 22. Black Friday  The day after Thanksgiving marks the first Christmas shopping day.  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!
  23. 23. Pumpkin Bars: Recipe BARS:  4 eggs  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 combined. 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. FROSTING • 3 ounces of softened cream cheese • 8 ounces of butter, softened • A dash of vanilla extract • 16 ounces of sugar
  24. 24. Hand Turkeys  Trace your hand  Make a body and feathers  Add details!
  25. 25. 
  26. 26. 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 freedom.  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.