All second grade classes have participated in our Thanksgiving Rotation. In each classroom, a Thanksgiving related activity was completed. Students learned about natural resources and how Native Americans used clay to make pottery in Mrs. Maragliano's class. In Mrs. Ford's class, students learned Native American games that the children would play. Then, students traveled to Mrs. Vissicchio's room where they compared and contrasted their life to that of a Pilgrim boy or Pilgrim girl. They used the books Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy and Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl. Next in Mr. Gervais' room, the students learned about different Native American groups. Each small group read a book about a Native American tribe, searched for facts, and then compared their tribe to another one. Finally in Mrs. Raines' class, students were asked to complete a persuasive writing activity after reading the story 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. In this Thanksgiving take, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm. They have fun playing with the turkeys but are shocked to learn that they will be used for Thanksgiving dinners. So, they devise a plan to save the Turkeys and become vegetarians this year. Students wrote a paragraph to persuade their parents to substitute something instead of the turkey.
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