Learning about the First Thanksgiving and the impact that our Native American friends had on the First Thanksgiving was our focus this past week. We spent time learning about a few of the different tribes and where they are located in the United States. We also spent a lot of time enjoying many Native American tales and discussing the meanings of the stories.
We read the story Dancing With The Indians and learned about Pow Wows and made these friendship bags. We discussed what we would take to a Pow Wow to celebrate like they did in the story.
After reading Giving Thanks we made a sensory poem about things that we like to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in nature.
Their favorite stories were Raven, The Legend of the Blue Bonnet, and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush. They were very touched on how the girl gave up her only possession and burned her doll as an offering for her people. We then made a class book about our favorite possessions. On Monday we are going to finish up our unit and make some Indian Paintbrushes!
I was not very good about taking pictures at center time this week. I was short my parent helpers so I only got a few pictures. A few skills we worked on were sorting feathers after adding and subtracting facts and matching them to the correct Native American. Sorting Tee Pees, Dream Catchers, and Arrows by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. They did a center called Ten Little Indians and used number words, sight words, adjectives, and verbs to make complete sentences. They also did a real/nonsense word sort, Thanksgiving Addition Game, Thanksgiving Sentence Scramble, and Thanksgiving ABC order. As always they worked hard at centers and enjoyed having new partners this week!
Turkeys are next! Gobble Gobble!!