Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

The last day before the holiday was our tribute to Thanksgiving.  We watched a video about the first Thanksgiving to help us understand why we celebrate and why this day is so special.  Then we learned about the "Legend of the Five Kernels."  We learned that the Pilgrims had almost starved in their first year after landing on Plymouth Rock and so they put five kernels of corn on their plate in the next years to remind themselves of how thankful they were for the harvest and Native Americans that helped them survive.  They were thankful for many other things including their families, their creator and their freedom.  Each of the children then had a chance to write the five things they were most thankful for - from freedom and family to toys and video games!

After talking about how the Pilgrims' clothes looked different from ours today, we finished the activity by making a snack that looked like a Pilgrim hat.  Yum!  The Pilgrims certainly would have been thankful for that!

Next we made a "Gimme Five" board!  Each child turned a hand print - 5 fingers -  into an original turkey.  When they finished we lined the turkeys up so that we could count by 5's! Gobble!  Gobble!

 At the end of the day we made turkey hats!  Our little gobblers strutted around and were probably the cutest turkeys that you have ever seen!

As we leave for this holiday we leave with thankful hearts.   Each day we have the honor and the privilege to come to school and work with the most precious first graders -  who fill our hearts with joy and our days with smiles and laughter.  It just doesn't get any better than this!  May your Thanksgiving be filled with fun, family and warm memories.

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