Hey everyone! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday? It’s almost hard to believe how time flies. In the past few weeks, we have been working on a Thanksgiving study. The first thing we did was start our “Thankful Tree”. Normally we do a Turkey, but I had seen where someone did the Blessings Tree and liked that idea a LOT better (Thank you whoever you are). We traced our hands on construction paper and each day we wrote down what we are thankful. We also been working on Scriptures that relate to being thankful as well as our character study.
The first week we started talking about the Native Americans reading books, studying different tribes, making tepees, hand signals, how they lived and so. The first few books that we read was “Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims By Clyde Robert Bulla and a few books on Native Americans.
We also made tepees. We cut a paper plate (you know, the cheap flexible kind) in half and brought the ends together and stapled them. Than we added sticks in the middle of the teepee. I found little Indian people coloring page online and fixed it where they stood up.
We made Indian headbands out of construction paper!
We were able to discuss the food they ate, how they lived, and the clothes they were. We were going to try to make our own teepee and bows and arrows but the weather was against us. We than made Indian Corn. I used white construction paper for the corn part and then green for the “greenery” as the kids called it We used Q-Tips to make the dots with orange, brown, yellow, and red paint.
The following week was our Pilgrim study. We read the book The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh. Discussion topic was life on the Mayflower and mapped out their route on the map. I got a few worksheets from k12reader.com, education.com, and edhelper.com. We really didn’t do any crafts with Pilgrims but you should check out Pinterest for some great ideas (of course). We did however, was able to take a virtual field trip and was able to do more research on the pilgrims and the Plimoth on the Plimoth Plantation website. They will take you on a virtual tour, crafts at home, and worksheets. We were able to do more studies on the website.
And of course, we had to make a Turkey out of construction paper!
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving activities? Comment below and share! Can’t wait to hear what you have!!