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Thanksgiving
The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest is all gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain.
So open wide the doorway-
Thanksgiving comes again!

~Author Unknown


A Day To Remember
Near the end of November
when harvest is done,
comes a day to remember
with thanks and with fun,
a day full of pleasure
and Thanksgiving praise
for the good without measure
that brightens our days.

~ Aileen fisher



Thank You
Tune: Twinkle Twinkle
"Thank you" are the words we say,
Not just on Thanksgiving Day.
"Thank You" are two magic words.
Say them loud so they are heard!
"Thank You" are the words we say,
We give thanks in many ways!



It's Thanksgiving
Tune: You Are My Sunshine
Oh, it's Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving
And we will all join hands today.
We will say, "Thank You" and count our blessings,
Because Thanksgiving is a special day.
Songs 4 Teachers


All In A Word
T for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth and holiday.
A for autumn's frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
N for neighbors and November, nice things, and new things to remember.
K for kitchen, kettle's croon, kith and kin expected soon.
S for sizzles, sights and sounds, and something special that abounds

That spells ~~ THANKS ~~ for joy in living
And a jolly Thanksgiving!

~Aileen Fisher



A Thanksgiving Alphabet
...Turkeys, table spreads, being together,
...Happiness and homes to protect us from all weather,
...Aunts and uncles, a reunion in Fall,
...Nieces and nephews, family members all!
...Kind-hearted kin coming over for dinner,
...Surely you'll have fun, but you won't get thinner!
...Gourds and pumpkins, mouths open wide.
...Indians and Pilgrims we remember with pride.
...Very special times-there could even be snow.
...Imagine what it was like at Plymouth long ago.
...Never forget how the settlers led the way,
...Giving thanks and blessing this special day.

Author Unknown


At Grandma's House

I like the taste of turkey
Anytime throughout the year.
But it never
Seems to taste as good
As when Thanksgiving's here.

Could it be it's all the trimmings
That are cooked with it to eat~
But I think
It's eating at Grandma's house
That makes it such a treat!

~Author Unkown


Over the River and Through the Wood

Over the river and through the wood,
To Grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Through white and drifted snow, oh!

Over the river and through the wood,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood,
To have a first-rate play;
Oh, hear the bells ring, "Ting-a-ling-ling!"
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day-ay!

Over the river and through the wood,
Trot fast, my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground like a hunting hound.
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go extremely slow~
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood,
Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!



I Am Thankful for...
We brainstormed a list of things we are thankful for and wrote these as a web on the whiteboard. Students chose what they wanted to write on their leaf and also drew a picture. They cut out one more leaf to add to the border.



I am thankful for... the world, my mom and dad, my mom, my baby sister, the Indians and Pilgrims, my brother, my dog, Fisher School, teachers, love, food, my home and Thanksgiving!

Click here to see our decorated "Turkeys".



The Legend of the Five Kernels
The first winter the Pilgrims spent in their new home food was very scarce. Some days there was only enough for five kernels of corn. From then on, every Thanksgiving the Pilgrims put five kernels of corn on each plate to remind themselves of their blessings. Let's also remember!

The first kernel reminds us of the autumn beauty around us.
The second kernel reminds us of our love for each other.
The third kernel reminds us to be grateful for all we have.
The fourth kernel reminds us of our friends.
The fifth kernel reminds us that we live in a free country.


Click on the Pilgrims for this legend.
***Note: I minimized the size and put 4 per page to print.
Put 5 pieces of candy corn inside a small piece of netting,
tie with a pretty ribbon, and attach the printed legend.
Thanks Kinder Teacher!


Harvest Blessing Snack
• 2 cups Bugles Brand Corn Snacks
• 2 cups Pretzels
• 1 cup Candy corn and/or Corn Nuts Brand Snack
• 1 cup Dried or Candy Fruits
• 1 cup Peanuts and/or Sunflower Seeds


You can divide the mix and put it into snack baggies for your class.
Make a card with the following explanation of each food and staple it to the bag. Add a ribbon or bow to the bag in fall colors.

Bugles - represents a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
Pretzels - represents arms folded in thanks and prayer.
Candy Corn and/or Corn Nuts Brand Snack - during the first Winter, the pilgrims were each allotted only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
Dried or Candy Fruits - Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
Peanuts and/or Sunflower Seeds- seeds represent the potential of a bounteous harvest for the next season.


Click the cornucopia above for the printed card from Family Crafts.

Click on the Thanksgiving globe for a mini book I made for reading groups.

Books to read:







Thanksgiving Links:

The First Thanksgiving ~Scholastic

Happy Thanksgiving ~Family Education

The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving ~Enchanted Learning

Thanksgiving ~Kids Domain

Billy Bears Thanksgiving

Internet 4 Classrooms Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving At Primary Games

Thanksgiving on the Net

Mayflower History

Teaching With Heart Thanksgiving

Not Just for Kids! Thanksgiving Fun

First Thanksgiving ABC'S

Child Fun Thanksgiving

Opening Doors to the New World

Life on Plymouth Plantation Quest

A Quest to Learn About Pilgrims (first grade)

A Thanksgiving Rebus Story

Pilgrim,Pilgrim What Do You See?
Mini Book PDF from Mrs. Carl

Lots of sites for Thanksgiving

Turkey Glyph

Mayflower Craft

Turkey Origami

DLTK Thanksgiving Crafts

Fall and Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Stationery





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