The First Thanksgiving {A Complete Non-Fiction Resource}

The First Thanksgiving {A Complete Non-Fiction Resource}
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Have your class go back in time to celebrate the First Thanksgiving with the help of this packet!

In this 119 page packet, I've included:

Part 1: Posters to hang in your classroom and to use while introducing the First Thanksgiving (real life photographs that show reenactments of the Pilgrims and Native Americans at the First Thanksgiving feast, along with important vocabulary).

Part 2: Hook 'Em: These article pages were designed as a way for you to "hook" your students at the beginning of your Thanksgiving unit. You can display the article pages on your document camera as a whole group or print and display during small group instruction.

Part 3: Differentiated All About the First Thanksgiving Mini-Books - These are differentiated mini-books that can be used during small group instruction.There are three versions. Each version is slightly easier than the last. I wanted to give you options because I know that many of our students come in reading at different ability levels. It is up to you to pick and choose which articles you use with your groups. You can either print in color and laminate or print them in grayscale. Text-Dependent Response sheets follow!

Text-Dependent Response sheets cover the following topics:
- Compare Pilgrim children long ago to children today
- How were the Native Americans important in the survival of the Pilgrims?
- Describe, in detail, the First Thanksgiving feast
- What was the purpose of The Peace Treaty?

Part 4: Graphic Organizers, True/False Sorting Activity, Vocabulary Books, and Independent Practice Sheets

Some of the sheets include:

Diary of a Pilgrim Kid (students will write about what their life is like in Plymouth, Massachusetts)

Write your own Peace Treaty (students will work together with a small group to create a class Peace Treaty)

A BIG Feast! (students will come up with a menu for what they would include at their own Thanksgiving feast)

Life in Plymouth (students will analyze and write about the life of men, women, and children in Plymouth)

A Letter to England (students will take on the role of a Pilgrim and write a letter to a friend back home in England)

In addition, I've also included links to some fabulous First Thanksgiving web resources and books!

Please download the Preview to see some of what is included!
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