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Thanksgiving Day

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By- Angela Padrón

In the early 1600s, the Pilgrims sailed to New England to begin colonies in the New World. However, the extremely cold winters, combined with malnutrition, illness, and the lack of knowledge of the land and how to cultivate it, caused almost half of the settlers to die. Those that remained befriended the Native Americans, including Squanto from the Pawtuxet tribe. Squanto taught the settlers how to plant corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish, and distinguish between poisonous plants and safe ones. The Pilgrims also befriended the Wampanoag Native Americans, with whom they shared a feast organized in 1621 by Governor William Bradford to celebrate the Pilgrims’ planting of a successful corn harvest. The celebration lasted for three days.

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7 International Side Dishes to Serve at Thanksgiving

By- Kelli Drummer-Avendano

Turkey day is just around the corner! It’s a food-lover’s holiday and a time to enjoy all our favorite dishes: turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and many more. This year, why not put a side dish on the table that’s sure to start a conversation—something with an international spin. While nothing can replace the classics, these seven dishes are a wonderful way to explore different cultures, traditions, and flavors!

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Three Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Classroom

By- Erika Semprun

November is here, and what better way to prepare for Thanksgiving than to incorporate fun, educational, and festive activities in the classroom? Eager to find creative ways of teaching your students about the upcoming holiday? Santillana’s got you covered!


#1- Weekly Gratitude Journal Entries
A great and educational way to celebrate Thanksgiving is by incorporating journal reflections. Each week of November, teachers can assign “Gratitude Prompts,” asking the students to write about someone they’re thankful for. This exercise is not only celebratory, but it also helps students develop their writing.

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Another marvelous way to celebrate this fan-favorite holiday is by holding a Thanksgiving Trivia game for the students. This would not only encourage them to study, but it’d also be a wonderful way for them to learn. And let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy a little competition?

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