Friday, November 19, 2010

What a wonderful Thanksgiving feast we had! To celebrate all that we have learned about the Pilgrims, Native Americans, and the first Thanksgiving, we had a feast and invited our families. We packed lots of people into our classroom (just like people were packed onto the Mayflower), moved away all of our desks, brought in lots of food, and had a giant feast. We ate on the ground just like they did at the first Thanksgiving feast and shared our food with friends and family. We used our place mats that we wove together and wore our Pilgrim collars or Native American headbands. We even got to do a craft and write what we were thankful on turkey feathers. It was a wonderful day that we have been looking forward to all week!
**My camera has not been working so swell so most of my pictures came out blurry...sorry!


This week we have been learning about the Pilgrims and Native Americans. We learned that life was hard for the Pilgrims: they were in an unfamiliar part of the world, they left everything behind, they had a rough boat ride over, and the kids had to do lots and lots of chores! One of the chores that kids had to help with was to make butter. So, in the afternoon one day, we made our own butter. We put cream in a jar with a penny (so the fats could hit up against something and start clumping together) and shook it for almost 20 minutes (we were exhausted after all that shaking.) Luckily we got to then eat our butter...which formed nicely...on crackers. And it was really good!


Last week we learned about the 4 oceans: Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean. We read stories about all the sea creatures as well. We really loved the story of Rainbow Fish who gave away his shiny scales to his friends. So, we made our own Rainbow Fish! The kids in the afternoon also decided that they wanted our class to be an ocean so we hung sea creatures from the ceiling. We also decided that each day we came to class we needed to bring gills so that we could breathe in our class ocean. We appointed a decision make to say which ocean our class was, and much to my is the very cold Arctic Ocean!