Preparation & Celebration: Thanksgiving Unit for Kindergarten, Days 4 & 5
Thursday: Celebration Preparation
You and your students will prepare for a classroom Thanksgiving celebration in today's lesson. If possible, invite parents to enjoy the day and help to manage the celebration. All of the work on Thursday will be in preparation for tomorrow's celebration. There will be no math skills or language skills in this lesson for that reason.
You will not need materials to prepare for the lesson today. If parents will be invited, the classroom should be decorated with the seasonal projects created by the children.
Circle Time Discussion
Instruct the children to listen to the following story carefully and follow directions.
This is the story of "Turkey Lake"
1. Long ago, there was a beautiful lake on the prairie.
(instruct children to draw a circle in the middle of the paper)
2. Fish swam in the lake.
(instruct children to draw several "w's" inside the circle)
3. Duck and geese came to the lake.
(instruct children to draw several "v's" inside the circle)
4. Sometimes the Indian people set up their teepees and camped near the lake.
(instruct the children to draw two triangles, side by side, right underneath the circle)
5. They walked to the lake to get fresh water.
(instruct the children to draw a straight line from the bottom of the circle to each triangle)
6. One day a family of pilgrims built a house near the lake and built a fence around it.
(instruct the children to draw a small circle to the left of the large circle)
7. They too walked to the lake to get water and to catch fish.
(instruct the children to draw two lines from the small circle to the large one)
8. One day, they looked out the little round window in the wall of their house.
(instruct the children to draw a tiny circle inside the smaller one)
9. "Oh no!" they shouted. "The ducks and geese are flying south for the winter! Now what will we eat?
(instruct the children to draw curved lines coming out of the large circle)
10. Then they saw a bird tastier than a duck or geese!
What did they see?
The completed picture should be that of a turkey.
If it is not possible to invite families to the celebration, then get together with another class and have a Thanksgiving celebration.
Turkey Celebration Friday (Day 5)
Today's lesson will consist of a Thanksgiving celebration for either the class, invited parents, or another class in the school. Whoever celebrates with your class, it is sure to be a success. The activities listed here will add a fun and festive element to the class, and your guests are sure to enjoy it.
Materials Needed: Bingo cards and mini turkey cut outs for space covers.
Play a few rounds of bingo with your students and their party guests.
When a person wins bingo, they should holler "Gobble! Gobble!"
What was the First Thanksgiving?
Encourage children to tell the story of the first Thanksgiving in their own words. If guests are in the room, some children may be uncomfortable with public speaking. Encourage a child, but never force them to speak in public.
Songs and Fingerplays
5 Little Turkeys
Five little turkeys flew up in a tree. (hold one hand up)
The first one said, "There's a man I see!" (point to thumb)
The second one said "He's coming this way" (point to pointer finger)
The third on said "It's Thanksgiving Day." (point to middle finger)
The fourth one said, "What's he going to do?" (point to ring finger)
The fifth one said, "He's coming after you!" (point to little finger)
Bang! Bang! went the gun just as they flew away.(shoot finger into the air)
The man had to keep hunting on that Thanksgiving Day!
Thankful For Our Land
(to the tune of "I'm A Little Teapot")
Many years ago, the Pilgrims found our land.
We thank them for discovering this country so grand.
Today we are as thankful as can be,
For this land where we are free!
Read A Turkey For Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
Read A Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving by Charles Schultz
It's been a week-long journey that I hope culminated in a fun celebration of festivities and activities with your students and invited guests. Let us know how you celebrate Thanksgiving with your classroom!