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Find out how gratitude played a role in historic Thanksgiving celebrations. Students make their own placemat with historic images and their own message of thanks.
Conduct a class discussion around the following questions. How did the U.S. or Canadian Thanksgiving become a holiday? Who might have been at the first harvest feast in North America? What did they probably eat? Why is the holiday celebrated today? Then ask students what they are thankful for-perhaps a loving family, warm home, or their artistic skills!
To make a Thanksgiving placemat, students draw a person's head on construction paper. Shade in the face with Crayola Multicultural Markers. With Crayola Fine Tip Markers, add other facial features of either a European Pilgrim immigrant or Native American.
Students research information about what the Wampanoag, Massachuset, and other Native Americans who lived in what is now Massachusetts in 1620 might have worn on their heads. Using construction paper, draw an historic hair style, Pilgrim man's felt hat, a woman's coif, or an authentic Native American ornament. Cut it out and glue it on the face. Glue the person onto a construction paper backing.
Students trace their hands on another sheet of construction paper with Crayola Colored Pencils. Color them with Multicultural Markers. Use markers to write "I Am Thankful For" on one hand. Write what you are thankful for on the other. Glue the hands to either side of the person. Air-dry the glue.
Optional: Cover the placemats with clear plastic adhesive so it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
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