The First Thanksgiving: Cornucopia & Native American Activites For Kindergarten Students
The Final Lesson
Friday's lesson will be the conclusion to the week of learning about the Indian Nation and contributions to the first Thanksgiving. Here are the things that you will need to present today's lesson in its fullest capacity:
- 9 x12 brown construction paper
- Cornucopia (can be purchased in the holiday section or the floral section of your local craft store)
- Assortment of construction paper, cut into 1 inch strips (at least 15 strips for each child)
Circle Time Discussion
Review facts learned about the first Thanksgiving.
Show children the cornucopia. Explain to them that it is also called the "horn of plenty".
Ask the children why it is called a "horn of plenty"?
Discuss the variety of fruits and vegetables that are in the cornucopia.
Read Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
Provide the children with strips of construction paper.
On the table in front of each child, lay out 5 strips horizontally, from top to bottom. Instruct the children to lay the strips with a finger's width space between each strip.
Explain how to weave the remaining strips in a vertical pattern. In may be beneficial to tape to the table, the 5 strips of horizontal pattern.
Assist the children with carefully weaving each strip in and out.
The end result should be a small woven placemat.
Provide the children with play dough.
Instruct them to create fruit that might have been included in the cornucopia.
Both the placemat and the play dough activities enhance the children's fine motor skills.
Practice addition and subtraction problems by working with the feathers.
Children will play the fishing game, which has been introduced in another lesson plan. If you haven't seen that lesson, you will need:
• Short stick or dowel with string (a fishing pole)
• Small magnet at the end of the string
• Pre-cut fish with paper clips on each
On each fish, draw a picture symbol. Children should take turns fishing, and explaining what word the picture symbolizes. In a variation, have the children identify the picture symbol located on the fish, and encourage them to tell a brief story using the picture.
Outline a shape of the cornucopia on each brown piece of construction paper. (Or: Draw it on one paper and copy it onto brown copy paper.)
Instruct children to cut out the horn.
Save it for next week's lesson, when the children will fill the cornucopia with a fruit and vegetable activity.