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Thanksgiving Ideas for your young elementary students
Coming Up This Week: Learning about the Pilgrims!
9 Nov, 2014. 4 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Autumn, First Grade Holidays, First Grade Social Studies, Holidays, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Holidays, Kindergarten Social Studies, November, Preschool Holidays, Social Studies, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith

This week is a short week for us. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to try to cram as much as I can into our days! I absolutely love teaching about the Wampanoags and Pilgrims during this time of the year. It is so much fun to teach students about how life used to be and how to be thankful. This week, here is what I have planned!

Thanksgiving Ideas for your young elementary students

Thanksgiving Ideas for your young elementary students

We have already started building schema about the Pilgrims and their voyage by reading the books, “The Story of the Pilgrims” and “The Littlest Pilgrim.” In Social Studies for the last month my students have been learning all about Kings and Queens. They have a great understanding of the “royal governing laws” and therefore, they were able to understand a bit of the back story of the Pilgrim’s life in England and why the Pilgrims wanted to leave England.

This week, we will read all about the Pilgrim’s voyage on the Mayflower using the book that I wrote. They are really loving the realistic pictures. Here is a brief slide show to give a sneak peek as to what we will be reading/listening to this week!

After reading and listening to the various pages, my students will respond to their learning in their interactive notebooks. Last year my first graders loved completing their pages each day. I am excited to have my kindergarteners do their own versions of these fun activities.

Thanksgiving interactive notebooks In my classroom, I use spiral notebooks for our interactive notebooks. They were on sale this summer so I grabbed a bunch of them! If you have composition notebooks, you could also use those! {When you print from Adobe, simply scale down the page to 80% and the pages will fit perfectly!}

We also will extend our learning through a few hands-on activities and crafts. First of all, I will bring in clams to have my students explore. I did this last year and it was a HUGE hit with my class. One of the many things the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims was how to find clams on the shore. My students will get an up close look at these creatures this week!

learning about the Pilgrims life through hands on learning

To see exactly what we did with these clams last year, click here!

To learn about how the Pilgrims survived, cooked and ate, we will make homemade butter and enjoy it on rustic cornbread.

butter

Finally, we will practice shucking corn at our sensory table and make an indian corn craft to display in our classroom. Next week we will make a “friendship” no-sew quilt as all!

Thanksgiving crafts for elementary students

Students can learn SO much from the Pilgrims and Native Americans. I am excited to teach my new batch of kindergarteners all about their amazing voyage, journey, and lives this month.

If you would like ANY of these activities you can find them in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Here are a few of the November products that you can purchase:

I hope that you have a wonderful week and can use some of these ideas! :)

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4 Comments
  1. Tracy -

    Love the friendship quilts. Can you give a few more details on how you make those. Cute as heck. :)

  2. jen Kroske -

    I have both your KINDER and 1st Grade Thanksgiving unit and they’re awesome. IS there anyway to get your PPT that you have posted?

    Thanks for always making such amazing packets.

    • Jen, what powerpoint? Are you referring to the slide show? If so, that’s actually a feature on my blog. :/ I pull up the pack on my projector and project it like a slide show at school. Could you do that? Sorry I can’t be more helpful! I’m so glad you like the packets!!

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  • Tracy -

    Love the friendship quilts. Can you give a few more details on how you make those. Cute as heck. :)

  • jen Kroske -

    I have both your KINDER and 1st Grade Thanksgiving unit and they’re awesome. IS there anyway to get your PPT that you have posted?

    Thanks for always making such amazing packets.

    • Jen, what powerpoint? Are you referring to the slide show? If so, that’s actually a feature on my blog. :/ I pull up the pack on my projector and project it like a slide show at school. Could you do that? Sorry I can’t be more helpful! I’m so glad you like the packets!!

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