Leading up to our class Thanksgiving feast, we talked all about how the first Thanksgiving came about!
We discussed that the Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower and met the Indians who taught them how to hunt and farm in the Spring time. At the end of their harvest they had a feast to celebrate their hard work and new found friendship. We brought this all back to the student’s own lives and how it connected to their Thanksgiving today. As a class, we decided that the holiday was based around appreciation and being thankful for what we have 🙂 We made a list of what we were most thankful for on the board following this exercise.
To help us better understand the story of Thanksgiving, we retold it together as we created a symbolic necklace. Each colored bead on the string symbolized a part of the story. The kids had fun making the necklaces and it helped them to remember the story in a unique way! We sent a key home to parents so they could talk about the Thanksgiving necklaces outside of the classroom.
Just like the Pilgrims and Indians, we prepped our food for our feast!
And then we got to enjoy it together!!