Pilgrims Day 5: The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving

Today we had fun learning the actual names of the Pilgrims who were at the very first Thanksgiving.


  • If You Were at the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma.
  • Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret B. Pumphrey pgs. 151-166
  • A Beka Our America (pg. 92-95)

Discuss: Not only did the Indians show the Pilgrims how to plant crops, but they taught them how to fish and hunt as well. Because the Indians helped the Pilgrims with food they had plenty to store up for their second winter in America. This winter would be much better than the first winter for the Pilgrims. In the fall the Pilgrims wanted to thank the Indians for teaching them how to get food so they invited them to a 3 day celebration feast that is now called Thanksgiving. As time went on some of the white men and Indians forgot that they were friends and began to fight. The Indians slowly began moving west even though they were the first Americans.


Comprehension Questions:

  1. What did the Pilgrims do to thank the Indians for their help? Invited them to a Thanksgiving feast.
  2. Were all white men kind to the Indians? No
  3. Who were the first Americans? Indians (Native Americans)

 The First Thanksgiving Painting

Discuss: This painting is The First Thanksgiving by Jennie Brownscombe.7183


  • Other pictures about Thanksgiving.


  1. How does this painting make you feel?
  2. What do you like about this painting?
  3. Would you like to be a part of the feast? Why or why not?
  4. What season does it look like in the background?
  5. Is this how they think the first Thanksgiving may have really looked? Why or why not?

How to Catch a Turkey


  • Coffee Filter
  • Markers
  • Bowl of water
  • Construction Paper
  • Writing Paper
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors


  1. Fold the coffee filter in fourths (in half and then in half again).
  2. Use markers to add color to the filter (press kind of hard to get the ink to soak through).
  3. Dip the filter in the water to get the colors to run and blend. Let it dry.
  4. Cut out a turkey body (shaped like a peanut) from brown paper.
  5. Cut out feet and a beak from orange paper and a wattle from red paper.Pilgrims Study (97)
  6. Glue the body onto the bottom of the filter.
  7. Glue on the feet, beak, wattle and eyes to the turkey.
  8. Use writing paper to write 3 steps to catching a turkey (kill it, cook it, eat it) in complete sentences.
  9. Draw an illustration next to each step.
  10. Glue the turkey to the top of a piece of construction paper and the writing to the bottom of the paper.Pilgrims Study (100)

Introducing Harvest Home

We used page 52 in Pilgrims Theme Unit by Susan Moger to learn about the difference of foods served at the first Thanksgiving and today’s Thanksgiving.

Pilgrims at the First Thanksgiving

Discuss:  This page tells how many Pilgrims were at the first Thanksgiving and their names.


  • Paper (10 ft. long)
  • Scissors
  • Black and Cream Paint
  • Markers
  • Magazine pictures of Thanksgiving food
  • Glue
  • List from http://www.pilgrimhallmuseum.org/pdf/TG_What_Happened_in_1621.pdf


  1. Paint a long brown table down the middle of the paper.Pilgrims Study (92)
  2. Paint your palm cream (we just had light brown paint) and your fingers black and press on the paper to make 22 Pilgrim men.Pilgrims Study (93)
  3. Paint your whole hand cream and press on the paper to make 4 Pilgrim women.
  4. Paint your thumb cream and press on the paper to make 14 Pilgrim teenagers (5 girls, 9 boys).
  5. Paint your finger cream and press on the paper to make the 13 Pilgrim children.
  6. Use the markers to draw hats on the boys and bonnets on the girls. Add faces to the Pilgrims too.Pilgrims Study (95)
  7. Add 90 Wampanoag men with a brown palm and colored fingers for the feathers.Pilgrims Study (94)
  8. Use the list to write a name next to each Pilgrim.Pilgrims Study (96)
  9. Write the names of the few Indians that we know were there (Massasoit, Squanto, ect…)Pilgrims Study (98)
  10. Cut out and glue on pictures of the Thanksgiving food from the magazines.Pilgrims Study (99)

Thanksgiving Sudoku

I found this Thanksgiving Sudoku for J to complete.

What are We Thankful for…

I found this What are We Thankful for… activity for J and I to complete together.

Pine Cone Turkey

We did page 41 in J’s A Beka Art Projects 2 book today.

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Pilgrim Unit Study

Day 1: The Separatists

Day 2: The Mayflower

Day 3: Plimouth Plantation

Day 4: Wampanoag & Squanto

Day 5:  The First Thanksgiving

Day 6:  The Colonists

Day 7:  Colonial Schools