Friday, November 12, 2010

A Thanksgiving Study

I have so much to catch up on here, but tonight I thought I'd layout what we're doing right now...learning all about Thanksgiving!   This is one of my favorite holidays, and as much as I adore Christmas, I refuse to skip over such an important day in our country's history. Christmas carols around here quite yet! :) 
We've done a couple of Thanksgiving units in past years, one based on Cranberry Thanksgiving and another focusing on the Native Americans, so this year we'll be spending a lot of time on the pilgrims, their journey, and their life at Plymouth.


Amanda Bennett's Thanksgiving Unit - I'm using this as a sort of guide for the topics I want to cover. It's a 4-week study and quite in depth, so we're just using bits and pieces of it. Her reading list is excellent, as well as her ideas for hands-on projects. I just love this lady!

Homeschool Share - An incredibly awesome go-to site for unit studies, printables, and rounding out just about anything we're studying around here! You've heard me sing its praises before. And did I mention that the oodles of amazing resources on their site are free? I try to love on the generous HSS team when I can by shopping through their Amazon links. :) Here are some of their Thanksgiving goodies:
  • Lapbook for A. Bennett's Thanksgiving Unit (Scroll to bottom for link to the PDF. Lots of great notebooking/lapbooking printables even if you don't have the unit study.)
  • Mini-books and other lapbook resources for the book Cranberry Thanksgiving (Lots of good stuff here even if you can't get your hands on the book.)
  • Main index of Thanksgiving books and printables
  • Unit Study and Lapbook for Goody O'Grumpity (Again, lots of good info. and printables even if you don't have the book.)
Free Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages from
    • First Person video interviews with Miles Standish and others at Plimoth Colony
    • Sign up here to go on a virtual field trip of Plimoth Plantation via a live webcast on Tuesday, Nov. 16th. If you sign up, you'll also receive free historical fiction letters from characters of Plimoth Colony. I print them out, put in an envelope, address to my children, and place in our mailbox for them to receive - lots of fun and informative too.
    • Make a mini-Mayflower with a walnut shell. These look easy to make and fun to sail!
    • Sail on The Mayflower printable board game
    Plimoth Plantation's site:
    • Two recipes for authentic Wampanoag and Pilgrim dishes
    • Directions for two Wampanoag and Pilgrim games. (We made Fox and Geese two years ago and still enjoy playing it.)
    • Learn (and hear) how to talk like a pilgrim. 
    And of course, some Turkey Fun:
    We'll also be making a Thanksgiving/Blessing Tree. (There are tons of cute variations on this - just Google it.)
    Tomorrow I'll post our book list in my right sidebar.

    Hope you're enjoying this season!

      1 comment:

      1. Enjoyed hearing what you guys will be doing this month, Shannon.


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