Pilgrims and Thanksgiving- What I am teaching this week.

Hey everyone! I am happy you are here. This week is our last before Thanksgiving break!! WAHOOO, one week off to just chill, relax and sleep! I can not wait!! How many days are you off for Thanksgiving?

So this week we are continuing to discover what life was like when the Pilgrims arrived. In reading this week we will be discovering 2 of my favorite books to read Sarah Morton's and Samuel Eaton's Day. These books are written from a child's point of view and are highly engaging because of the real photographs. The children in these books are based off a real child who lived in Plymouth long ago.

Click on the covers to see more of the books!

My students are always fascinated about how the children lived, dressed and worked back then. When we read this we focus on how they dressed  back then. My students love to see each piece of clothing and how many items they had to wear each day! We list all the items that Sarah and Samuel wear. I use these pictures to have my students practice sequencing

My students then use them same pictures to write how they would get dressed in their notebooks

You can grab these sequencing picutres to use by clicking

Then during the week, we then create a venn diagram to compare them to us

These books also tie into our social studies topic for this week..Then and Now

The students sort pictures into 2 catagories..Now or Then

Here is what it looks like all together

Then based on my students level, they have some sorting and writing activities to work on all week long

         We also read many books about what the First Thanksgiving was like

We are working on telling the differences between facts and opinions. This skill always seems to be a bit tricky for the little ones to understand. I created these cards for another sorting activity to be used in centers this week

Then they pick a few facts/ opinions to write down

Plus we LOVE to unscramble sentenes soooo we will be using this activity too!

I know I will be ready for break by the time Friday rolls around! What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving activities to use in your classroom?

Have a great week!


  1. Thanks for your great products - I grabbed a few for this week and can't wait to use them!

  2. I always enjoy seeing what other people are doing in their classroom. It gives me great ideas for my own! Thank you for taking the time to link up with the Teaching Tuesday link up party. I hope to see you back again next week!
    ~Heather aka HoJo~