Thanksgiving Lesson

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An American Thanksgiving Where did Thanksgiving come from? BY: Karen, Shere, & Julie

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A group of people now called the Pilgrims left the Netherlands in September 1620 to find religious freedom. They came to America on the Mayflower.

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When the pilgrims arrived in America, they landed on Plymouth Rock.

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Life was hard for the Pilgrims in America. The conditions were harsh and cold and they did not know how to grow crops or harvest food.

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An Indian name Samoset came to greet the pilgrims, but there was a language barrier and the next day Samoset came back with an English speaking Indian named Squanto.

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Squanto taught the pilgrims how to hunt and grow food. With Squanto’s help, the pilgrims were able to harvest in October.

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To celebrate their success, the pilgrims had a three day feast and invited Squanto and other Indians. This was the first Thanksgiving.

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This celebration after harvest was practiced every year and in 1863 president Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day.

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Today, Thanksgiving is associated with family, food and football. It is still a time to be thankful for all that we have.

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Imagine you are a pilgrim; now write a letter to a family member about your first thanksgiving celebration. 2. Describe what you know about the first Thanksgiving. 3. What Thanksgiving traditions have you celebrated in your family? Descriptive Essay Assignment

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