- Compare and contrast what the Pilgrims were thankful for their first year in America and what we are thankful for today
- Memorize the poem "I'm Thankful For..."
- Make a laminated landscape placemat that depicts the poem and features a picture of the student
- Computer and printer
- Paper cutter
- 12" x 18" turquoise blue construction paper, one sheet per student plus extras
- 12" x 18" light green construction paper, one sheet per student
- 12" x 18" brown construction paper, one sheet per student
- 12" x 18" royal blue construction paper, one sheet per student
- Dark green construction paper
- Brown construction paper
- Purple or tan construction paper
- Yellow construction paper
- White glue
- Photos of each student
- Laminating materials
- Optional: Projector
- Optional: Chart paper and markers
- Type up the following poem and print a copy for each student. You may want to print one large copy, project the poem from your computer, or write out the poem on a sheet of chart paper for group instruction.
I'm Thankful For...
- Use a paper cutter to cut out the following from the construction paper. Each student will need one of each piece:
- Turquoise blue: 12" x 18" sheet
- Brown: 2" x 18" strip
- Light green: 2" x 18" strip
- Royal blue: 3" x 18" strip
- Dark green: two to three 2" x 3" rectangles
- Brown: two to three 1" x 2" rectangles
- Purple or tan: two 3" squares
- Yellow: 3" square
- Turquoise blue: 12" x 18" sheet
- Make an example placemat following the directions below.
- Divide up the materials for each table group.
The grass so green,
The earth so good,
For oceans, lakes, and water to drink,
For beautiful trees and the good food they bring,
For mountains tall and beautiful,
For the sun that gives me heat and light,
For the sky so blue and the air we breathe!
Step 1: Explain to students that the Pilgrims depended on the land in the New World to survive. They drank water from streams and ate fruits and vegetables that grew in the area.
Step 2: Teach students the poem "I'm Thankful For...".
Step 3: Explain to students that a landscape is a picture that shows a natural scene with land and sky. Tell students that they are going to make a landscape placemat that they will use on the Feast Day at school and can also use at home.
Step 4: Read the poem again and show an example of a completed placemat. Recite the poem and point to the areas on the placemat that are mentioned in the poem.
Step 5: Have students lay the turquoise paper horizontally in front of them. Have them glue the strip of brown construction paper horizontally at the very bottom of the turquoise paper.
Step 6: Have students glue the strip of light green construction paper directly above the brown construction paper.
Step 7: Have students glue the royal blue construction paper strip directly above the green construction paper.
Step 8: Explain that these first three pieces represent the "grass so green," "earth so good," and "oceans, lakes, and water to drink" from the "I'm Thankful For..." poem.
Step 9: Recite the poem adding the fourth line, "For beautiful trees and the good food they bring." Have students make trees out of the dark green rectangles and small brown rectangles. They should cut green tree tops from the green rectangles, making them wiggly around the edges to look like a treetop. Have them glue the brown trunk onto the treetop (but don't glue onto the landscape yet). Practice reciting the poem.
Step 10: Recite the poem adding the fifth line, "For mountains tall and beautiful." Take the purple or tan squares and have children cut them diagonally in half. Have students glue the triangles behind the water. Have students glue the trees behind the grass. Practice the poem as a class.
Step 11: Recite the poem adding the sixth line, "For the sun that gives me heat and light." Have students cut the corners and points off the yellow square so that it turns into a round sun. Have them glue the sun in the top corner of the landscape. Practice the poem as a class.
Step 12: Help students glue a copy of the poem and their student picture onto the landscape. Set the landscapes aside to dry.
Step 13: As the landscapes are drying, ask students what they are thankful for this year.
Step 14: When the glue has dried completely, laminate the placemats.
- Find landscapes of mountain areas, prairies, woods, and farms using a variety of picture books. Explain that cities are called cityscapes and oceans and beaches are called seascapes. Compare and contrast the different elements in each.
- Have students draw landscape pictures of their homes.
- As a class, make a list of foods we get from trees.
- As a class, make a list of foods that grow from the ground.
- Was there enough time to complete the project?
- Were students successful or frustrated?
- Can students recite the poem?
- Can students define what a landscape is?
- Can students vary the elements depending upon the location of the landscape?
- Does everyone have a completed landscape?