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  1. 1. A long time ago in a country called England, there were a group of people who all went to the same church, they were called Puritans.
  2. 2. There was a king of England who thought everyone should go to his church. He got mad when the pilgrims didn’t want to go to his church, he said, “You go to my church or you go to jail!”
  3. 3. The pilgrims said, “Ok, we’ll go to jail.”
  4. 4. Finally the king realized that the Pilgrims weren’t going to change their minds so he said, “You can get out of jail, but you have to leave England.” So the pilgrims set sail for America on a ship called the “Mayflower.”
  5. 5. The trip to America was long and hard. There were storms and the ship was really crowded.
  6. 6. When they got to America, it was winter and there were no food or houses. Many of the pilgrims died from sickness, starvation and freezing to death.
  7. 7. There were some people who lived in America already. We called them Indians. They saw the Pilgrims suffering and they decided to help them.
  8. 8. They showed them how to hunt and fish. They helped them build houses out of the trees there. They showed them how to grow corn and pumpkins.
  9. 9. When it was winter again, the Pilgrims had food and a place to live.
  10. 10. They were so happy, they said, “We need to have a feast and celebrate. We’ll invite our friends, the Indians.”
  11. 11. So they had a great feast that lasted for a whole week, they ate turkey, fish, deer, sweet potatoes, corn and pumpkin. They played games.
  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. We still have Thanksgiving today.
  14. 14. Vocabulary • acorns • baste • blessings • canoe • carve • centerpiece • cider • colonists • cornbread • cornucopia • cranberries • drumstick • gobble • gratitude • gravy • leftovers • maize • pecan pie • squash • stuffing • tablecloth • treaty • wishbone
  15. 15. Why The 4th Thursday? (Tex Avery)
  16. 16. Traditions – Black Friday
  17. 17. Traditions – The Wishbone
  18. 18. Traditions – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  19. 19. Traditions – Turkey Pardon
  20. 20. Traditions – Thanksgiving Nap
  21. 21. Traditions – Thanksgiving Sandwich
  22. 22. Traditions – Thanksgiving Picture
  23. 23. Who Invented Thanksgiving? • Author and teacher Robyn Gioia and Michael Gannon of the University of Florida have argued that the earliest attested "thanksgiving" celebration in what is now the United States was celebrated by the Spanish in 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida.