After my last blog done on unit studies I had a few people ask me exactly how I went about planning and carrying out the theme. In this look at our Thanksgiving unit I will go into a little more detail about how I planned it.
First I picked a theme - hmm . . . Thanksgiving (don't ask me how I decided on that one!) ;-) This unit was particularly fun because I had a friend that was doing the same study so we bounced ideas off of each other.
I started with reserving books at the library on that theme.
Next I opened a new folder on my internet "my favorites" menu under "school" and called it "Thanksgiving".
I typed in several different searches such as, "Thanksgiving crafts, Indian crafts, Thanksgiving activities, Mayflower online games, Thanksgiving songs, Thanksgiving video clips, pilgrim coloring pages, Thanksgiving snacks . . . you get the drift.
I selected activities, crafts and online work that is appropriate for the ages of my boys - and of course things I feel comfortable doing. (I'm not real artsy so I need easy crafts that have lots of pictures showing me how to do it.)
I remain flexible with each of our school days and don't push too much at once. If we never end up doing something I had planned that's totally OK! My main intent on doing things with my kids is to develop a love of learning in them and if they (or myself) aren't having fun, then it's just not worth doing.
Here is how our unit went:
We read books about the Mayflower journey and the first Thanksgiving.
We watched this video clip (thanks Donna!)
We made Indian headdresses and vests
We went on a field trip to the Museum of the Great Plains with our friends
We made a map of the Mayflower and a mini Mayflower
We still plan to make turkey pine cones
And will take these yummy snacks to our Thanksgiving Day Dinner (thanks Donna!)
Hope this gives you some great last-minute ideas to do with your kiddos, or gets you on your way to doing your own unit study.
What Thanksgiving craft do you most remember making when you were a child?