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Just to catch everyone up on our Thanksgiving unit last week:

We used the Scholastic First Thanksgiving Virtual Field trip to learn about the Wompanoag Native American tribe that made friends with the Pilgrims and helped them survive the winter. We compared the Pilgrims Daily life to the Wompanoags Daily Life. The comparisons included food, houses, clothing, chores, and games.  We also created pilgrim hats and turned them into headbands that we wore out to the buses.

During math we’ve been learning about shapes and how to design patterns.  We created a native american head and shirt. Then we used real pattern block to practice making our own design for the shirts. Then we used paper pattern blocks that we glued to decorate the Wompanoag’s shirt. Last we counted how many of each pattern block we used and wrote it on the recording sheet.  You can find a FREE COPY of this activity here.

 


Today we learned about the first Thanksgiving by reading The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern, and we retold the first thanksgiving by putting pictures back into the correct order.  The First Thanksgiving Sequence activity can be found here.

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We also finished up our discussion on nutrition and read the emergent reader book called Thanksgiving – “I Like” Series.  Students partner read the story and completed the extra page at the end.  Finally we made toilet paper roll turkeys with colored tissue paper and paper plates as the backing.

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We read the story “Thanksgiving Day” and learned about the very first Thanksgiving.  Then we cut and glued pictures that illustrated the first thanksgiving in the correct sequence.  For our art and writing we made TLC art pilgrims and wrote about what we were thankful for.

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This week we have started learning about why we celebrate Thanksgiving and what happened at the first Thanksgiving.  We discussed details of the things both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags were thankful for; and then we thought about we were thankful for.  Then we created a TLC art pilgrim and wrote about what we were thankful for.

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As we continue with our First Thanksgiving Unit in Social Studies, we went back to Scholastic’s First Thanksgiving and took a virtual tour of a Pilgrim village and a Wampanoag homesite.  There we learned about the daily life of both groups of people and created venn diagrams to compare and contrast the life of the Wampanoag’s and the Pilgrims.

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