Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cranberry Thanksgiving Unit

Here's a quick glimpse into some of the books we've been reading this last week.

Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin - We're doing the Five in a Row Unit for this one. We'll finish it tomorrow by using the recipe in the book to make Cranberry Bread - yummy! I read this book and made this recipe for my very first student teacher practicum - almost 15 yrs. ago! It was for a Kindergarten class. It's hard for me to remember much about it, other than I didn't do too great of a job on the cranberry bread. Hopefully it will turn out better after 10 years of cooking under my belt. :)
N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims - The illustrations are beautiful. The text would have been a bit much for Giggly Girl (4 yrs.), but Superman (6 yrs.) listened attentively and asked some good questions.
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas - This is one of my favorite versions of the Squanto story. We read it last year as well. It shows how God's hand worked in the life of Squanto.
Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac
P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet by Carol Crane
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a PIlgrim Girl by Kate Waters - This book tell the story of a real little girl who lived at Plimoth Plantation circa 1627. It is filled with wonderful photographs of Sarah and her family going about their day at Plimoth Plantation, the outdoor living museum of 17th century Plymouth, Mass.
Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage - another pictorial work telling the story of the Pilgrims, except the focus here is the voyage on the Mayflower
This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed - A delightful picture book showing the Indians and Pilgrims preparing for that first special feast. A favorite around here!
Goody O'Grumpity by Carol Ryrie Brink - There's a HSS unit for this one.
The First Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward - a Step into Reading book
Over the River: A Turkey's Tale by Derek Anderson - Funny illustrations tell the story of this old tune. This one brought some laughter from our children!
In November by Cynthia Rylant - I read Elizabeth Foss's review for this at Real Learning and was delighted when my library had it. It is out of print, but is a beautiful book that shows animals preparing for winter and people celebrating Thanksgiving.
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming - This one also has a HSS unit. I heard about this book over at the FIAR boards. After our first reading of it, I had fallen in love with it. It is now among one of my all-time favorite children's books. (And the children enjoyed it too.) It sparked many questions from Superman and Giggly Girl. We will probably go back it in a few weeks when we row A New Coat for Anna. We read Boxes for Katje the night before we packed our Operation Christmas Child Boxes. This is the sweetest book, based on a true story. It will bring tears to your eyes.
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field - The pictures in this book are just precious. We have it in board book form, and I've been reading it to Sweet Pea since she was very little. Superman and Giggly Girl have enjoyed it as well. But we really talked about it this time when we read it after packing our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. We talked about all that God has given us and how He can use us to bless others. Another favorite.

We made a fun craft from the DLTK site today, and tomorrow we'll be working on our FIAR Thanksgiving Fold-N-Learn. Today I played We Gather Together on the piano for the kids and we sang some of the first verse (a lot of big words for little ones!) Tomorrow I think we'll try Over the River and Through the Woods.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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