Let's Talk Turkey turkey

This TopicQuest was designed for Mrs. Sharp's Kindergarten class at Pine Grove Elementary School by Christine Campbell, Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher.


Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year when we think about all of the things we have to be thankful for. I have designed this exciting web site full of fun and games to help you learn about how Thanksgiving began and how we celebrate Thanksgiving today.
Let's gobble up the fun!!!


1. You have been hunting and it is almost time for dinner. Play a matching game to find out what is hiding behind the turkeys?

2. The Pilgrims’ first winter was difficult. The Encyclopedia tells us the story.

3. Did you ever wonder what it was
like to sail on the Mayflower? Come
on aboard and we will find out.

4. Did you know that turkeys make great watch-dogs. Find out some historical trivia about turkeys.
5. Have fun playing a Turkey Drop
while you help Hungry Harry
eat an entire turkey.

6. Pilgrims were taught how to grow a garden by an Indian named Squanto.


7. Read the Thanksgiving Story and
find out the week
that Thanksgiving is always on.


8. How did the different foods we eat on Thanksgiving become official? Here's what we know.
9. What was life really like for the Pilgrims and Indians?
10. Sammy is tired of being a snake.
Would he be happier if he were a turkey?

Scenario Mission
The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching and you are dreaming of a big feast. Turkey, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. As you sleep, you dream that it is 1621 and you have recently landed at Plymouth Rock. It is your job to prepare a feast to celebrate your new homeland. What kind of foods would you prepare for the feast? Visit this web site to see what  was served at the first Thanksgiving? In your dream you decide that a menu will be needed for this special feast. But what will you do since you left all of your cookbooks in England. You and your new friends will need some recipes in order to cook this special feast.

Mission Steps
1. The teacher will need to gather white copy paper, pencils, crayons and colored pencils.
2. The teacher will give each student a piece of paper and pencil.
3. First, the students should look at the First Thanksgiving web site and write down what they would like to eat for their Thanksgiving dinner.
4. Second, the students are then going to write (or recite to the teacher) how they think the food item is made in recipe order.
5. On the top of the paper the student will title the page "How To Make _____ " and will fill in the blank with the name of the recipe.
6. The student will then decide what ingredients make up their favorite food.
7. The student will then decorate the recipe page with crayons or colored pencils.
8. The teacher will scan selected recipes and pictures to publish on the internet.
The teacher will compile all the recipes and pictures into a class cookbook.

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