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ABC's of the First Thanksgiving Marci McGowan Parts(30): Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Narrator 3 Narrator 4 Assign Readers for Letters A-Z Narrator 1: Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. We have been learning about early America and the very first Thanksgiving celebration. A is for Americans: Some of the earliest Americans were the Pilgrims. They wanted to be free to have their own religion. The
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  ABC's of the First Thanksgiving Marci McGowanParts(30): Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Narrator 3 Narrator 4Assign Readers for Letters A-Z<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>Narrator 1: Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. We have been learning aboutearly America and the very first Thanksgiving celebration.A is for Americans: Some of the earliest Americans were the Pilgrims. They wanted to be free tohave their own religion.B is for Big Ship: The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a big ship called theMayflower.C is for Cramped: The ship was very cramped or crowded. There was little room for childrento play. Many people became sick.D is for Danger: The trip was filled with danger. Often there were storms with great winds.Everyone was afraid.E is for Explore: After 66 days the happy Pilgrims reached land. Some of the men went toshore to explore. They wanted to see what was there.F is for Fields: They found forests and fields where the native people had planted corn.They found clean water to drink.G is for Grateful: Everyone was happy and grateful. They found a safe place to live the waythey wanted.H is for Hard: That first winter was very cold and hard for the Pilgrims. There was notenough food. Many people got sick and died.I is for INDIAN: (Now we say Native American.) A friendly Indian named Squanto helped thePilgrims. He showed them how to plant corn and where to find fish.J is for JONES: In the spring, Captain Jones, the captain of the Mayflower, went back toEngland. The Pilgrims stayed in their new home, America.K is for KEPT: The Pilgrims kept working hard. They planted gardens and built houses andfurniture.L is for Land: They learned how to hunt and fish in the new land.M is for MANY: By summer, the Pilgrims had built many houses. Their vegetable gardens grewwell.N is for NO ONE: By November, there was plenty to eat. No one would be hungry this winter.O is for ONE: One day, Governor Bradford said, We should be thankful for our harvest. P is for Pilgrims: The Pilgrims harvested pumpkins, corn, squash, beans, and carrots. Theyfound nuts and berries in the woods.Q is for QUAIL: The men hunted for wild quail, turkey, geese, and deer. They caught fishin the rivers.R is for READY: They caught lobsters, clams, and oysters in the ocean. They got everythingready for a big celebration.  S is for SHARE: The Pilgrims wanted to share what they had with the Indians, their newfriends.T is for THANKFUL: The Pilgrims were thankful. Now they had food, homes, and friends.U is for US: The Pilgrims said to their new friends, “Please join us!”V is for VISIT: They invited the Indians to visit them for their special harvest celebration.W is for When: When everyone came, they ate together and played games.X is for EXCITED: The Pilgrims were EXCITED and very happy. Their celebration lasted forthree days!Y is for YELLED: The children played and laughed and yelled.Z is for Zany: The children acted zany, running all around with their new friends. Theyhad a wonderful time.Narrator 2: Most people don't know that the Pilgrims did not celebrate again the nextyear. Later on, several Presidents, including George Washington, madeone-time Thanksgiving holidays.Narrator 3: It became an official holiday in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln, saidto set aside the last Thursday in November to give thanks.Narrator 4: In 1941, Congress made Thanksgiving an annual national holiday to becelebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. Now it's a time for family andfriends to give thanks together, eat lots of good food, watch parades andfootball games. It's also the start of the winter holiday season!
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