students will learn about the first Thanksgiving. They
will experience the sharing that took place between the
Native Americans and the Pilgrims.
- Tell the story of the
first Thanksgiving relating how the pilgrims used
pumpkins and how Native Americans used pumpkins.
Use the following link:
- Divide your class into two
groups. Pilgrims and Native Americans. * Today would
be a good day to have a parent helper you can depend
- The Native American group
will make mats for the class to sit on . Each student
will make two . One for themselves and one to share
with a Pilgrim classmate. These will be made using the
precut orange paper strips.
- Demonstrate how to weave
them into a mat. If this is too complicated for your
students they can paste strips onto a piece of paper
to make the process easier.
- The Pilgrim group will
make the bread dough. Divide the Pilgrims into
workable groups. Decide how many loaves of bread you
need for each student to have a small piece of pumpkin
- While the bread is baking
retell the Thanksgiving story.
- Instruct the Native
American students to present their extra pumpkin mat
to a pilgrim student.
- Then have them sit on the
ground in a circle all together.
- Enjoy the bread! If
it is not possible to do any baking at your school,
make the bread ahead of time. The sharing lesson
could be conveyed by having the Pilgrim group prepare
the bread by cutting it and placing it on a paper
plate they have decorated.
- Trace the journey
of the pumpkin from the
pumpkin farm to the grocery store.
- List all the uses we have
- Compare the two pumpkin
holidays : Thanksgiving and Halloween . List how they
are alike and how they are different. Use a Venn
diagram to make this comparison.