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Thanksgiving Unit Study

Important things to know about one of our most popular annual holidays.

Turkey, mash potatoes, yams, and of course pumpkin pie are all important parts of making Thanksgiving the holiday that leaves you anything but hungry. Thanksgiving is a very important holiday, that has seem to lose some of its historical purpose over the years, as it is seen by many as a time of year to eat and be thankful, the truth is that Thanksgiving is about a lot more than eating. Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates a starting sense of cohesion amongst two extremely diverse cultures, the Amerindians and the Colonists from England.

Fun Facts

The first Thanksgiving Day was in the fall of 1621.
The first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on the third of October in 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. Whereas earlier the presidents used to make an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.
Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.


1) When did the pilgrims first arrive in North America?
a. December 1620

2) What ship did the pilgrims sail on to arrive into North America?
a. Mayflower

3) The first thanksgiving celebration lasted how many days?
a. 3

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin


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