We all picture the first Thanksgiving as a day spent with the pilgrims and the Native Americans chowing down on a Thanksgiving feast. Did you know that there were actually several “first Thanksgivings?”
Learn more about the American history of Thanksgiving!
Did you know November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month? What a great time to learn more about Native American history and culture, especially as we celebrate Thanksgiving!
More information on Native American histories and tribes:
Quickwrite: Write in the perspective of a member of the Wampanoag tribe when the white settlers arrived at Plymouth. How do you feel?
YOU WILL NEED:
- Corn seeds
- Fish emulsion
- Milk cartons
YOU WILL DO:
- Use the scissors to cut the top off of two half-pint milk cartons (ask an adult for help).
- Fill both cartons with soil.
- Read and follow the directions on your corn seed packet to plant one seed in each carton.
- Push the corn seed 1-2 inches into the surface of the soil.
- Label one milk carton “Control” and one milk carton “Variable.”
- Your control plant will be watered only with plain water.
- Your variable plant will be watered with a mixture of water and fish emulsion.
- Follow the package instructions on the fish emulsion to dilute it with water.
- Water your Control plant with water and your variable plant with the diluted fish emulsion.
- Place both plants in the sun.
- Water both plants each day and record your observations in a daily log.
- Measure both plants’ growth each day and record.
- What differences do you see in the two plants?
- Create a graph at the end of your experiment to show the differences in growth.
- Reflect: How did the fish emulsion make a difference in the growth of the variable plant? Why do you think this is?
Now that we’ve talked about GROWING food, let’s think about EATING food!
Did you know that the average American eats over 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving day?! Wow! To put that in perspective, the average diet is only about 2,000 calories/day.
Here’s more information about what you can do to have a healthy, balanced diet:
Are you eating a balanced diet?
Create a food diary to see what your diet is really like! The point is not for you to count every calorie you eat--the point is that when we pay attention to what we put into our bodies, we are more conscious of what we are consuming. Being cognizant of the way you eat will help you make healthy choices for YOUR body!
How many calories do you think you eat in a normal day?
Do you think you have a balanced diet?
What do you think you eat too much of?
What do you think you don’t get enough of?
Each day for one week, write down everything you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Each time you write down a food, determine whether it is a fruit, vegetable, grain, dairy, protein or fat.
At the end of the week, look back at your food chart and reflect on your diet. About what percentage of your diet is protein? Fat? Does your daily diet look like the My Plate recommendation? Are you getting enough fruits and vegetables? Being conscious of your diet is the first step to taking care of a happy, healthy body!
Image and Video Credits, in order of appearance:
Brownscombe, J.A., 1914. The first Thanksgiving at Plymouth. Image uploaded from Wikimedia Commons on 11/21/2016.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Thanksgiving-Brownscombe.jpg/1024px-Thanksgiving-Brownscombe.jpg File in the Public Domain.
1910. Squanto teaching. Image uploaded from Wikimedia Commons on 11/21/2016.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/Squantoteaching.png File in the Public Domain.
Franske, B., 2002. Traditional Thanksgiving. Image uploaded from Wikimedia Commons on 11/21/2016. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/04/TraditionalThanksgiving.jpg/1024px-TraditionalThanksgiving.jpg File used in accordance with GNU Free Documentation License. Image was not changed.
Healthcare Triage, 2014. How many calories are in your Thanksgiving dinner? Video uploaded from YouTube on 11/21/2016. https://youtu.be/PEWCUVnng6Q
USDA, 2014. ChooseMyPlate.gov. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/