A Feast With the Indians
This TopicQuest was designed for Mrs. Griffin's Kindergarten Class at North Brooks Elementary School
by Candace Simpson, at Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher


    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is a special time that I get to spend with my family. At Thanksgiving I always tell my family how grateful I am for them and thank them for believing in me and supporting me in everything I do. Lately I have been wondering how Thanksgiving started and wanted to know more about the tradition. So to solve my problems I went on a search and have decided to take you with me. I hope you're up for the ride, so buckle your seatbelt and strap on your helmet and come click with me!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on a boat or even the Mayflower? Go to this link and explore the different parts of the Mayflower. Have fun on your voyage!
If you were going on the Mayflower in real life you would defiantly want to know who you were traveling with right? Go to this link and get a complete list of all the passengers on the boat and a bibliography of each one.
Have you ever wondered what kind of food was served at the Thanksgiving feast? Do this word scramble and find out!
Have you ever wanted to go and get your own turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? Well, I encourage you to go on a turkey hunt. Have Fun!
Want to know more about Thanksgiving and the celebration? Go to this encyclopedia link to learn more about Thanksgiving and the traditions.
Interested in turkeys and want to be up on your turkey knowledge? Visit animal facts about turkeys and see some interesting pictures.

Mission Activity

There are no grocery stores because the year is 1634. This year you're finally old enough to go hunting and get the turkey yourself. Unfortunately you know nothing about turkey hunting and the turkey feast is depending upon you finding it. So now you must draw a map of where you might find a turkey. You also need to find out what a turkey looks like so you need to do research and draw a picture of the kind of turkey you're going to look for. Remember you might also want to find out what kind of food a turkey eats so the capture will be easier. Good Luck on your hunt!

Mission Steps

  1. Explore the websites above but focus on facts about turkeys.
  1. Students will learn where a turkey might live in the forest and draw a map to the location.
  1. Next the students will draw a picture of what a wild turkey looks like.
  1. Last the students may draw or write a few short sentences of the kind of foods they will bring along to trap the turkey.
  1. Afterwards discuss the maps with the children and find out what they learned about turkeys.

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