The 1st Thanksgiving in 4 parts

In my stash of resources, I found a simple, illustrated “First Thanksgiving” story from Parents Magazine, November 2003. By reading and sketching out this story, my students could (gasp) retell me about the first Thanksgiving.

I began by drawing the Mayflower and labeling it with the word “May” and a picture of a flower. On this ship were tiny stick figures labeled with drawings of “pill”s + grim. The ship was about to hit a rock.

Simple picture cues can be so helpful both for readers and non-readers. Try illustrating an event in history in 3-4 picture sequences and have your children retell the story. See what happens!

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  1. I love this idea! And the illustrations are wonderful. It’s amazing what kids can come up with after seeing just a few prompts.

  2. Ooooh! Great idea! We did a Thanksgiving craft yesterday and I was trying to explain everything to Ryder but got a kind of clueless or no-interested look. This is so much better! ;D

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