Yesterday I asked if you wanted to make a turkey. Well, today we are going to make a Pilgrim (and some Native Americans). Thanksgiving is not complete without the people from the first Thanksgiving! This free Make a Pilgrim Activity pack has everything you need to make two Pilgrims. Additionally, I have included a few Native Americans as well. We all know the first Thanksgiving would not have happened without both the Pilgrims and the Native Americans! Before we begin, though, I like to give a few great book recommendations and other crafty ideas to help make celebrating Thanksgiving a fun and meaningful time for the kids. The book Turkey trouble is really adorable… what is a turkey to do when he knows he will be Thanksgiving dinner? At our house, we have a kids table just for kids… it is great to have place mats and a table cloth just for them to color. It keeps the kids occupied, and the adults can have a little bit longer conversation too! And…if you know me, you know I LOVE the Make a Sticker packs…I may or may not sneak a few from the kids stash to create myself. BUT, as we know, Thanksgiving is not about the Turkey -it is about being Thankful and it all started with the Pilgrims. The book It’s Not about You, Mrs. Turkey reminds us of that. It gives a full historical and religious background of how the holiday began.
Pete the Cat: The First ThanksgivingTurkey TroubleRun, Turkey, Run!Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad)I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)10 Fat TurkeysOne Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims (Picture Puffin Books)
Make a Pilgrim Activity
Today we have a fun cut and paste activity for the kids… It is good to help them practice their scissor cutting skills – and watch their creativity as they color and paste! I like to find a picture of a pilgrim to show the children before we begin. Pilgrims did not usually wear bright colors (but the Native Americans did!)… I want them to learn how things really looked in history. After making the activity, you may want to do a Thanksgiving Writing Prompt. Follow these links if you need help teaching a child on how to hold scissors or teaching a child to hold a pencil correctly.
To get your free Make a Pilgrim activity, enter in your information into the form below. You will be emailed the activity pack. If you have any trouble, please email me at [email protected] I am happy to help. This make a Pilgrim Activity is included in a larger Thanksgiving literacy fun bundle on TpT!
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.