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The First Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

The First Thanksgiving

This is a fun Thanksgiving site for kids and adults. It’s brought to you by Scholastic and you can really explore the “First Thanksgiving.” I absolutely adore how vibrantly colored this site is. I think it makes it twice as engaging as some of the others we’ve looked at this week. There are three main sections to this site and they are:

Voyage on the Mayflower – This section is divided into two sections: Journey on the Mayflower and Tour the Ship. These have sounds, so you may not want to use it at work or you can turn it off with the little speaker button. I’ll tell you though, it really lessens the experience of the site.

In Journey on the Mayflower, you follow the timeline of events from Great Britain to America. You can also see the original route versus the route they ended up taking on the map.

Tour the Ship is pretty much exactly what it says. You can tour the Mayflower here. You can click one of the numbers on the ship to learn about that part of the ship. Did you know the Mayflower wasn’t a passenger ship to begin with?

Daily Life – Here you can learn about the daily life of the pilgrims. Find out how they settled in to their new life and how the natives helped them do that. You can compare and contrast their Housing, Clothes, Food, Chores, School and Games. This lets you see the similarities and the differences between the two groups.

The Thanksgiving Feast – So, by now, we’ve all learned that the “First Thanksgiving” was a celebration of the first successful harvest the pilgrims experienced here in the new world. You can use the slideshow to get an idea of how it might have looked or you can play the Web Quest game.

Web Quest is a trivia game. You’ll be asked some multiple choice questions and you can choose your best answer. It’s seven questions long and I’m proud to say that I got all seven correct the first time. (That may only be because I’ve been living and breathing Thanksgiving information this whole week though!) If you do get an answer wrong, you can visit a Web page to learn all about it.

This is a vibrant look into the Thanksgiving history and I’m glad I could share it with you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

~ Amanda

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