Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

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Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving is the true story of Thanksgiving. It includes both the story of slavery and plague, as well the generosity of the Thanksgiving Americans have been celebrating for almost 400 years.

This is a biography about Squanto written by Joseph Bruchac, an author of Native descent. In 1620 when an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket people, it was Squanto who welcomed the newcomers and taught them how to survive in the rugged land they called Plymouth.

This is a fascinating, often tragic and heartbreaking story of Squanto’s abduction and subsequent enslavement in Spain and his long journey back from Europe to North America. When he arrived back to North America he found his people, the Patuxet, had been decimated by sickness. Yet he played an essential and historic role in helping the Plymouth Colony settlers survive in their New World.

Squanto was the peacemaker that showed the Pilgrims how to plant corn, beans, and squash, and how to hunt and fish. When a good harvest was gathered in the fall, the two peoples feasted together in the spirit of peace and brotherhood. Today, the tradition continues.

This biography geared best to grade-schoolers, because it may inspire some difficult conversations with kids about the true relationship between Pilgrims and the Native tribes.

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Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Turkey Math


Creative Wednesday

Using flash cards to teach my nanny kids math can get so tedious and boring. But when it comes to learning arithmetic — practicing addition, subtraction, and multiplication tables over and over again is really essential. Make learning fun with this Thanksgiving-themed math project for the kids. Adjust the math problems to the level of math the student is learning. For preschoolers, you can simply have the little ones clip the same number clothesline clips to the turkey as the number on the turkey’s body.

You Will Need:

Brown and Autumn-Colored Paper
Markers, Pencil
Two Different Circle Shapes to Trace
Goggly Eyes
Safety Scissors
Glue Stick

What to Do:

1. Trace two different sized circles on brown paper and cut out the circles with safety scissors. Also cut out colored feathers, orange or yellow triangles to be used as beaks, and a red gobblers, (see photo as guide).

2. Paste a brown small circle (head) to the larger circle (body).

3. Paste a gobbler to bottom of beak and attach to head of turkey. Paste on goggly eyes.

4. Write a number of the tummy of each turkey that will be the sum of math problems. Write the math problems on the feathers.

5. Have the kids find the feathers with the math problems that equal the sum of the turkey and paste those feathers to the body of the turkey with the proper sum.

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