Thanksgiving Curriculum Ideas

We talk about CORN and what a big part of life corn was for the early Pilgrims and how the Indians taught the Pilgrims all about corn. At the Science Table we display LOTS of different kinds of corn. We even let the kids taste if they want to. Here are some suggestions: corn chips (yellow, blue & red) popcorn (popped and unpopped) canned corn frozen corn corn on the cob creamed corn corn meal corn nuts candy corn (pretend corn) corn flakes Indian corn (decorative kind) corn muffins

Cut out a turkey body. Cut out a feather shape for each child large enough to write a message on. Let the child write what they are thankful for on the feather and then attach the feathers to the back of the turkey. This makes a very nice bulletin board decoration. When Thanksgiving is over the children can take the feathers home.

Native American Village–You start with a soda or beer shallow box the ones they use for stacking in the store) Have the children paint with blue-water, green-grass and brown-dirt. You can also add sand at this time for texture. Next day add TPs made from snow cone cups or similar cone shape cup. Children use Q-tips and paint with various colors-cut door, add toothpicks on top and a couple of feathers. Next day, use drying clay etc. to make canoes. They start by making a ball and pinch the ends and mold. Next day, totem poles-these I make from old Lincoln logs or you can use spools hot glued to whatever height. Paint faces etc. again with Q-tips and add a couple of feathers. Next day, Native Americans made from those rounded clothespins or whatever you have that would work. The children make face and decorated with felt, (capes, headband feathers etc. Next day, you give each child a little bag to either take home or do at school and hunt for little rocks, twigs etc. to complete your village. Teacher then gets to help….After they set up all their village items, hot glue everything onto the box except the doll and canoe. Takes a while to do but the children love them.

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.