November 24, 2010

Our Thanksgiving Unit – Day 3

Mayflower 1620Today we read Mayflower 1620: A New Look At A Pilgrim Voyage by Plimoth Plantation.  This book is quite interesting and as the others we read, it has it’s own unique spin.  For this book the authors sailed the reproduction ship Mayflower II to better understand what it must have been like aboard the Mayflower during the trip across the Atlantic in 1620.  They used trained role players called interpreters to portray the 17th century people who sailed on the original Mayflower.  For resources they used the only two firsthand accounts of the voyage – William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation and Mourt’s Relation.  This book is full of wonderful photographs and a detailed diagram of of the levels and areas of the ship.


From Give Thanks, we made a couple of goodies from the recipe section and are planning on trying out more this weekend. We also printed off pages to make our WAMPANOAG VILLAGE. 

Give Thanks Holiday PagesEven though today “officially” ends our Thanksgiving Unit Study.  There are some pages of Give Thanks we will be visiting next week to add to our History Notebook.  We will be reading about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s call to recognize the holiday we know as Thanksgiving and use the accompanying copywork pages.  There is also a really neat section on making corn husk dolls that I would love to try.  As I mentioned on Day 1 of our Thanksgiving Unit Study, there are so many resources available in Give Thanks, that we will have new things to use for next year. 

In addition, there are many resources we haven’t even had time to touch on this year. 

In "Give Thanks!" kids will:
» Read about the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians
» Learn about other special days of thanksgiving
» Read presidential proclamations of Thanksgiving
» Memorize Bible verses focused on gratitude
» Make a Blessing Tree
» Create and Indian village poster
» Illustrate and color two Thanksgiving booklets
» Make Pilgrim and Indian paper dolls
» Create decorations for the Thanksgiving table
» Make corn husk dolls
» Create an apple candleholder
» Play Thanksgiving bingo
» Create a gratitude journal

Plus Kid-friendly Fall Recipes:
»Indian Pudding
» Easy-to-make Pumpkin Bars
» Easy-to-make Pumpkin Pancakes
» Easy-to-make Pumpkin Pie
» Pumpkin Cookies
» Yummy Pumpkin Dip
» Mulled Cider
» Toasted Treats
» Frontier Fudge
» Crockpot Carmel Apples
» Harvest Popcorn
» Holiday Spice Potpourri
» Maple Acorn Squash
» Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes
» Layered Orange Sweet Potatoes

You can learn more about GIVE THANKS here.  You can also download free sample pages. We are happy to have this resource available and will be using it again next year.

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a very neat book - thank you for highlighting it.


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