Book: Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons (1983)
Materials: paper plates, beige felt, orange felt, cotton balls, green pony beads, red pony beads, yellow pony beads, glue
Preparation: Cut the beige felt into ovals and the orange felt into triangles. Place the beige felt ovals, orange felt triangles, cotton balls, green pony beads, red pony beads, and yellow pony beads into individual bowls.
Instructions: Place the students into small groups. Pass out one bowl of each material to each group. Explain that the beige felt ovals represent turkey, the cotton balls represent mashed potatoes, the green pony beads represent green beans, the yellow pony beads represent corn, the orange felt triangles represent pumpkin pie, and the red pony beads represent cranberries. Give each student a paper plate. Help the students select and glue different "foods" onto their plates.
Optional: Include other materials for other regional Thanksgiving foods such as yellow felt squares for cornbread or black pony beads for beans.