Saturday, November 10, 2007

Thanksgiving Resources

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth.
By Jennie A. Brownscombe (1850-1936).
Painted in Honesdale, PA, or New York, 1914.
Material : Oil on canvas.

As I set out to plan this months activities about Thanksgiving I am overwhelmed by the need to be accurate. As a teacher, I always tried to teach my students the truth and I have learned more about this holiday since I have left the classroom. So, when you know more you do more. I have also learned this year that it is possible that my family tree links to one of the original Mayflower passengers so I really want G to learn more truth than myth.

Here is the pile of the links and books I will be wading through while I plan...

The Pilgrims' 1621 Thanksgiving
The First Thanksgiving: A Feast of Activities
Are You Teaching the Real Story of the "First Thanksgiving"?
Pilgrim Hall Museum
Thanksgiving Resources for Teachers (K-2)
The Pilgrim's First Thanksgiving (variety)
Life at Plymouth Plantation

Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters
On the Mayflower: Voyage of the Ship's Apprentice & a Passenger Girl by Kate Waters
Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson
Our Thanksgiving Book by Moncure
The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward
N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims text by Robert San Souci
Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock? by Jean Fritz
The Story of the Pilgrims by Katharine Ross

Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen
Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving by James Stevenson
Arthur's Thanksgiving by Marc Brown
Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving Dinner by Lillian Hoban
The Know Nothings Talk Turkey by Michele Sobel Spirn
A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting

Hands On

An American Adventure Play Set: Susanna White Winslow and her Pilgrim Family

Along with my overflowing 2 inch binder of resources from my classroom and what's a holiday without Snoopy & Charlie Brown (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and The Mayflower Voyagers). LOL


School for Us said...

Thanks for the great list of resources! I'll have to check a lot of those out. And, I'm planning on buying the play set. Thanks!!!

Sherri said...

Thanksgiving mean so much more when you really understand where it began!!!

nina said...

Great list. The playset looks like it would be useful for teaching. We just now read a Pilgram book entitled Off to Plymouth Rock! : a read-along activity CD included. It is in a board book format but the words and the rhyme of the book makes it delightful and I always enjoy a book with a CD.

Have a wonderful and joyful Thanksgiving.

Oh and...I have read On Momma's Lap but not recently. Thank you for the reminder. I think Citcat will appreciate the message. Thanks for think of me.