I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving! I love the holiday and teaching everything about it. However, by the time that the kiddos hit second and third grade, they have done all the cutesy Thanksgiving things that us teachers love to do. The turkey hat is cute, but it loses its charm after first grade;)
I have found that Thanksgiving is a great way to incorporate some of my “Now and Then” standards. You can teach about the first Thanksgiving while comparing it to the Thanksgiving that we celebrate today.
Fantastic discussion starters for comparing the First Thanksgiving to the present Thanksgiving:
How long did the first Thanksgiving last? How about ours?
What did they eat at the first Thanksgiving? What do you like to eat at yours?
How did they talk back then? Now?
Always a favorite – What did they wear at the first Thanksgiving? What about you?
This Thanksgiving Now and Then Unit covers all these questions while teaching about the first Thanksgiving. It also contains several interactive components that allow to you use this in your interactive notebooks or to make lapbooks! You can buy the unit alone or as BUNDLE that includes a fun presentation to spark your students’ interest.