Unit Study – The History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving-Cornucopia-word-artThanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – I love the fall colors, the cooler temperatures, and of course, all that delicious food!

We’ve all heard the story – the Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower and landed on Plymouth Rock. After a rough start, they were saved by the Natives who then celebrated with a Thanksgiving feast… But how accurate is that tale?

With this unit study, you and your child will explore the history surrounding Thanksgiving. Why did those brave people sail to an unknown land to start their own colony? Did the Native Americans really save them? Who were the Pilgrims?

You’ll learn about famous men like Myles Standish, William Bradford, Squanto and Samoset. Learn about what the Pilgrims ate and some of the strange manners that they had. And of course, you’ll read some fantastic books, like The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-but-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony: Barbary Pirates, the Mayflower, the First … Much, Much More  and Eating the Plates.

You’ll also study a different Thanksgiving related painting each week, and read the famous Longfellow poem Courtship of Myles Standish (which is included with the Instructor’s guide). This unit will take 4 weeks to complete and is suitable for children in grades 3 and up, though it is flexible enough to be used for younger children with minor tweaking.

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