thanksgiving story

The Story of Thanksgiving



story illustrate because
Pilgrim native Native American
could not own church
new land far away
cross to cross ship
wind rock blow/blew/blown
to rock pray sink
after boat thank
keep (2) safe build/built
winter spring summer
autumn ice/icy snow
fall (2) there is/are there was/were
much many food
eat melt barn
plant to plant wheat
beans potato spinach
visit name stay
help hunt teach/taught
fish to fish seed
corn pumpkin squash
vegetables show grow/grew/grown
to show fill next
enough invite friend
great feast just like
also thank you God





The Story of Thanksgiving. By Nancy J. Skarmeas. Illustrated by Stacy Venturi-Pickett.

Do you know why we have Thanksgiving Day?

We have Thanksgiving Day because of the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

The Pilgrims

The Pilgrims lived in England. They could not have their own church, so they left their homes for a new land far away.

The Pilgrims crossed the ocean on a ship called the Mayflower. The wind blew. The ship rocked. The Pilgrims prayed that it would not sink.


After many months, the boat shopped at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Pilgrims thanked God for keeping them safe.

The Pilgrims built their homes.

Winter came. Icy winds blew. Snow fell.

There was not much food to eat.


Spring came and the snow melted. The Pilgrims built barns. They planted wheat and beans. They planted potatoes and spinach.

One day three Native Americans came to visit. One named Squanto stayed to help the Pilgrims.


Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to hunt and fish. He gave them seeds and showed them how to plant corn, pumpkins, and squash.

The vegetables grew. The Pilgrims filled their barns with food. For the next winter, they would have enough to eat.

Great Feast

The Pilgrims invited their Native American friends to a great feast. For three days, they ate turkey, fish, corn, beans, pumpkins, and squash.

On Thanksgiving, we eat turkey, corn, and pumpkin just like the Native Americans and Pilgrims. And like them, we also say, “Thank you God, for our families, our food, and our homes.”

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1. The Pilgrims came from England. True or false?

2. The Pilgrims came to America to find religious freedom. Yes or no?

3. How did the Pilgrims come to America? They came to America by……

4. Was winter easy or very difficult for the Pilgrims? Why was winter very hard?

5. What did the Pilgrims do in spring?

6. Who was Squanto? What did he do? Squanto was….. He….

7. Did the Pilgrims have a successful crop and harvest?

8. What happened after the harvest? After the harvest, the Pilgrims and Native Americans……

9. What do people say during Thanksgiving?

10. Describe the pictures from the book.

A. There is a Thanksgiving holiday in my country. Yes or no?

B. Is there an end of harvest or coming of spring holiday or celebration?

C. What is your favorite holiday or festival?

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