Our Halloween unit was a huge hit with the kids. We made lapbooks, we watched a creepy documentary (twice), read a ton of books, did a lot of Internet research, made some crafts, listened to this CD over and over (and over) and wrote reports about "scary" creatures. We didn't get to everything on our list by all means.
Just means our planning for next year is already started;).
We enjoyed this break from our regular learning so much, I wanted to do something similar for Thanksgiving. No lapbooks this time around though. The kids like them, I think they learned a ton, but they aren't exactly stress-free for me! All that scissor assistance, helping with the layout, taking all the little dictations for those who can't write small enough, helping everyone with research-it's a lot of work!
I was lucky enough to find this book at the library and I think it will be perfect. This is our unit study, right here. A story and activity book in one that is good for all the ages we have here. The story centers around a pioneer family getting ready for Thanksgiving. It includes a lot of information about Thanksgiving in those days and the pioneer period in general. And there are several hands-on ideas, like games to play, recipes, and crafts.
I am greatly resisting the temptation to add any more to it. Simple is best!
Okay, maybe I will add in making butter-we do that every year. But that's it!