This week in Social Studies, I am preparing the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes for their next holiday; Thanksgiving! Most people think of food and family at the end of November. I thought it was important for the students to know two things about thanksgiving that hey may not have known or perhaps forgotten.
- Thanksgiving celebrations in America date back to the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sharing a meal in the 17th century. The Pilgrims were new to America and did not know how to grow food or live in the cold environment of Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Native American men and women already living in the area felt sorry for the Pilgrims and taught them how to survive! They taught them how to plant crops and how to build shelters. The harvest that they produced became the food that they ate together. That was how Thanksgiving began!
- Thanksgiving means more than food and that people should remember to "give thanks" for the things that they do have in their life. Giving thanks means to be happy with what you have.