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Thanksgiving Activity for the Classroom

Teachers and parents can use this video for a quick and simple corn-necklace activity, which calls for widely accessible and inexpensive materials. Designed for kindergarten through fifth grade, it provides an alternative to the culturally inappropriate paper-feather headdress sometimes made during Native American Heritage Month. The video provides step-by-step instruction on how to make the necklace. By highlighting the cultivation of corn and other agricultural contributions made by Native peoples, the activity can extend or culminate a classroom lesson. Este recurso también está disponible en español.

An ear of corn

Resource Information

grades   K 1 2 3 4 5
Art, Math, Science, Social Studies
Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Great Lakes, Eastern Woodlands, Mexico, South America, Central America
Thanksgiving, corn, art activity, hands-on activity, maize
Essential Understandings More Close

1: American Indian Cultures
Culture is a result of human socialization. People acquire knowledge and values by interacting with other people through common language, place, and community. In the Americas, there is vast cultural diversity among more than 2,000 tribal groups. Tribes have unique cultures and ways of life that span history from time immemorial to the present day.

2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia.