Did you know? The turkey may have gotten its name becaue of the turc, turc, turc sound it makes when it is frightened.
Or that the wild turkey is native to both North and South America?
The Pilgrims planned to sail on two ships--the Mayflower and the Speedwell. Both ships left England on August 5, 1620, but had to return because the Speedwell was leaky. It could not be repaired, so passengers crowded on the Mayflower.
The Pilgrims lived on the Mayflower throughout the first winter while they buildt their houses.
After the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, the Pilgrims realized they needed to work together in order to survive. The Mayflower Compact wsa the Pilgrims' promise to live by fair laws in the New World. The men who signed the Mayflower Compact agreed to stay together and follow the rules. (have students coem up with a classroom compact after you have talked about the Mayflower Compact) let students make the rules, let them see how important it really is to follow rules, and to treat each other with respect and fairly.
Thanksgiving is such a fun time for the classroom. You can do so many activities that teach History, which teachers don't have time to add to the curriculum. It is important that we share stories of the past with our students. Plan a Thanksgiving Feast. Send home a note today, with your students. Invite parents, have food, fellowship, and be thankful for each other!