This science-y activity is a perfect way to celebrate Thanksgiving in your science classroom.
In the fall of 1621, the members of the Plymouth Colony, along with their Wampanoag friends, celebrated with a feast of Thanksgiving. For three days all of the participants feasted, played games, sang, danced, and gave thanks for their blessings. The menu for this first Thanksgiving feast included deer, corn, shellfish, vegetables and roasted meats. Although the menu has changed a bit over time, we Americans still celebrate a time of Thanksgiving with a very large meal!
Are you looking for an activity to do in your science classes as the holidays approach? I have just written a new activity that uses a dichotomous classification key to identify the scientific names of the foods that were eaten at the first Thanksgiving celebration. Students will use their critical thinking and problem solving skills to make observations about the different foods while they navigate the dichotomous key to the correct scientific name.
This is a perfect way to combine science with the observance of a wonderful holiday tradition. These images will give you a better idea of what is involved in the activity.
You can find this activity in my TpT store by clicking this link: Dichotomous Key to Thanksgiving Dinner.