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Thanksgiving ideas
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I was wondering if anyone had a great lesson on teaching Thanksgiving or any project ideas?
Thanks for any ideas.

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Thankful Project
Old 11-03-2007, 05:56 AM
 
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Here is a simple project that I have done in the past with my third graders.

Use storybook type paper - the kind where you write on the bottom and illustrate a picture on the top. Have the students brainstorm what they are thankful for. Then on the bottom of the paper they write what they are thankful for using this pattern.....

I am thankful for ______________, ________________, and
___________________. But I am especially thankful for
___________________.

Illustrate the top with a picture. Mount on construction paper.

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I do a whole unit on Thanksgiving
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I do a unit on Thanksgiving. There are tons of books and websites out there. I begin the unit by making a Pilgrim journal for each student. One website has a list of the Pilgrim names. I put pilgrim women and men names in a hat and have students draw a name. They then make a nametag with that Pilgrim name and that is what I call them by when we are doing the unit. They love this! Each day, we read a book about Pilgrims and Native Americans. In guided reading, I use chapter books like the Magic Tree House, Sailing on the Mayflower, etc. In whole group, I use picture books about Thanksgiving. There are some great resource books out there that have tons of project ideas. I usually spend one week on Pilgrims and one on Native Americans. In the Native American part of the unit, we make totem poles, dream catchers, etc. In the Pilgrim part, we do a simulation of the Mayflower. We make an outline of the mayflower on the flower. Students are always surprised what tight spaces the Pilgrims had to sleep and live in. Then I play wave music, turn out the lights and have a star maker that makes stars on the ceiling. We pretend like the boat is moving by rocking back and forth. Then we have a sample of food from the past (salted beef-beef jerky, crackers-hard tack, etc.) We also play pilgrim games and make cornhusk dolls.

For a culmination for the unit, my third graders do a Thanksgiving play for the school, family, and friends. Afterwards, the parents join us for a Thanksgiving feast in the cafeteria. Everyone brings a potluck dish and it is absolutely wonderful to see all of the third grade families together. (I teach at a small country school where there is one class per grade and I have 25 students.) It has become a third grade tradition now! Anyway, hope some of these ideas help. I have a list of websites at school if you are interested. I also have a Thanksgiving webquest. As you can tell, it is one of my favorite units!

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I love your ideas. I would love to have more information about the pilgrim games and cornhusk dolls. I'd also love to check out your webquest and websites if you could post them or email me at: specsi@comcast.net Thanks!
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love your unit
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I love your unit. Can you email me also? My email is ntalley@jaco.k12.ms.us.

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Sounds great! Would you mind emailing me your webquest? I would really appreciate it!

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Old 11-05-2007, 05:03 PM
 
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I would also like a copy!

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Great site
Old 11-05-2007, 05:38 PM
 
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I have just started to explore the reading, visual and audio presented on the facts of Thanksgiving at the site below. I have really started to enjoy the things that the Scholastic site has to offer. Let me know what you think, I have the projector that hooks up to my computer so I will probably do many different read along activities over a few days.

http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic...sgiving/feast/

This is just one of the Thanksgiving topics that they have.

Let me know how you might use this site.
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Thanksgiving Unit
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I would also like your information about your Thanksgiving unit. It sounds great. Thanks.

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Old 11-16-2007, 07:20 AM
 
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I would also like some information on your unit. Please email me at kdrake@flsouthern.edu
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Can I see your unit on Pilgrims?
Old 11-27-2007, 06:45 PM
 
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It looks great. I am a new third grade teacher and I would love to see your ideas and website if possible.

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Old 11-29-2007, 11:27 PM
 
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Can you please email me your webquest, also? Your unit sounds amazing! chrisannna@yahoo.com
 

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