2A long time ago before Christopher Columbus, people lived in the land we now call America. They are the real first Americans. They are the Indians.
3The first Americans were hunters who traveled from place to place to find food.
4The Indians built their houses from what they could find around them The Indians built their houses from what they could find around them. They made them from clay, trees, animal skins and even tall grass.
5The first Americans had to make their clothes and shoes from animal skins. There were no stores to buy things.
6While the Indians were in America some people in England were wanting to come to this place they called “the New World”.
7England was far away from America. They had to travel by boat England was far away from America. They had to travel by boat. It took them a long time to get there.
8The English people looked very different from the Indians The English people looked very different from the Indians. Their clothes looked different and they did not speak the same language.
9The Indians were scared of the English when they met them for the first time. They wondered who these strange people were and why they had come to their land.
10The Indians and the English wanted to learn about one another, but they spoke different languages. Therefore, it was hard for them to talk and understand each other.
11The English were unfamiliar with the land so the Native Americans helped them by showing them what foods to eat and what crops to grow.
12Pocahontas was a Native American princess Pocahontas was a Native American princess. She was Chief Powhatan’s daughter. Pocahontas helped the English people by bringing them food and helping them to communicate and trade with the Indians.
13During the first year, the Indians taught the Pilgrims how to plant crops and hunt for animals. When harvest time came, the Pilgrims and the Indians decided to give thanks and celebrate together.
14The Pilgrims and the Indians had a big meal called a feast The Pilgrims and the Indians had a big meal called a feast. They ate turkey, deer meat, cornbread, and pumpkin pie. This was the first Thanksgiving.
15Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving in November of each year Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving in November of each year. We give thanks for all the wonderful things we have.We celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast. People eat turkey, sweet potatoes, beans, squash, and cornbread. For dessert, we sometimes eat pumpkin pie.