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West Babylon Students Learn All About Thanksgiving

Students get thankful while learning about the history behind the holiday.

Kindergarten students in Louise Pino’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School in the West Babylon Union Free School District compared and contrasted Native Americans and Pilgrims. Credit: Alison DeMaria/Syntax.
Kindergarten students in Louise Pino’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School in the West Babylon Union Free School District compared and contrasted Native Americans and Pilgrims. Credit: Alison DeMaria/Syntax.
West Babylon School District students had a month full of lessons leading up to Thanksgiving through November.

Former kindergarten teacher Sue Dieterle returned to delight students in Carolyn Bogart's, Alyson Russo's and Kristen Wilken's kindergarten classes at Forest Avenue Elementary with an authentic Native American presentation that included Native American dancing.

The children identified items using the senses of sight, touch, hearing and smell throughout the presentation as well as during the Thanksgiving feast they held in class later that week.

Louise Pino’s kindergartners at Tooker Avenue Elementary School compared and contrasted Native Americans and Pilgrims.

The students created “I Am Thankful” booklets and wore Native American and Pilgrim costumes they had made in class. Their lesson included learning all about the Pilgrims and how similar they were to the first Thanksgiving participants.

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