# Kindergarten Unit on Thanksgiving & Harvest: Day 3

By ARobin

This the third day's lesson plan in a week-long unit on turkeys and Thanksgiving designed for the Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom. Today the class will be learning more about Thanksgiving traditions for the Pilgrims and how those compare to the modern holiday celebrations.

## Materials Needed

In today's activities, the class will learn more about turkeys and the first Thanksgiving. Here is a list of things that you will need to present this lesson:

## Circle Time Discussion

• Read the book "The Thanksgiving Story" to the class.
• Discuss the story.
• Compare the first Thanksgiving celebration to how we celebrate it today.
• What do we have for Thanksgiving that the Pilgrims didn't have?
• What did the Pilgrims eat that we do not eat today?

## Art: Hand Print Turkeys

No Thanksgiving unit is complete without this basic hand print project.

• Allow children to choose a color of construction paper.
• Instruct them to trace their hand prints on the paper.
• Decorate the hand prints as turkeys, by using crayons or markers.

## Math Skills: Missing Feather

• On pre-cut feathers, write numbers 1- 30.
• Display the feathers in a numeric sequence, skipping a number.
• Instruct the children to identify the missing number.
• Example: 12,13,15,16...what's missing?

## Language Skills

On note cards, write each child's recipe for cooking a turkey.

Instruct the children to give step-by-step directions of the cooking process. Give the cards to the parents so they can enjoy the children's ideas.

## Activity: Turkey Hunt

• Seven children (these are the Pilgrims) stand up in a line, shoulder to shoulder, facing the other children.
• The other children (the turkeys) cover their eyes with their hands so they cannot see.
• Each of the seven tiptoe around the other children, taps one on the head and returns to the line.
• When all seven children have tapped a child and returned to the line, instruct the children to open their eyes.
• Each child is given a turn to guess which Pilgrim tapped him or her.
• The first seven children who guess correctly will find a place in line and the game will start again.