I realized I never put up the script for the Thanksgiving lapbooking webcast.  So I thought I would do that.  This webcast did use Thanksgiving to show how to lapbook, but it is really a lapbooking 101 type of lesson.

Good Afternoon, my name is Colette Stanley and today we will be doing a lapbook about the first Thanksgiving.  This is my first webcast, so please be patient with me as I learn all the ins and outs of web casting.

Our supply list for today is:  scissors, stick glue, one file folder (either colored or plain), colored card stock, crayons or colored pencils, tape and themed stickers.

The first order of business is how to fold your file folder.  It’s very simple.  Just open up the file folder and fold in both sides to the middle.  Now you have three areas to place your mini-books.  You can also add an extra flap to your lapbook that will give you even more room and for this Thanksgiving lapbook you will probably need it.

Now what information do you want to go into your lapbook?  I’ve broken up this lapbook into three sections.

I.  Who were the Pilgrims and what is their history?

II.  What happened after the Pilgrims landed?  And what was the first Thanksgiving like?

III.  How did our modern Thanksgiving come to be?  And what are our families traditions?

In order to complete a lapbook, you need to have a plan.  The first step is to brainstorm questions you want answered for each section of your lapbook.  I have questions ready for each section of this lapbook and if you would like a copy of these please feel free to email me at

cstanley@afr.net.  As you find the answers to the questions, find a mini-book that fits your answers (type of information, how many pieces of information and so on) and then write the answers in the mini-book you have chosen.  Then you can put the mini-book into your lapbook.

A lapbook needs to be put together in some order, so as you answer your questions, put them in chronological order.  Today we are going to answer a copy of questions from the first section and put them into the lapbook. I would to show you a couple of mini-books that can be used.

Anything that is going to be a complete page such as a map or coloring page can be folded either once or twice and then put into the lapbook like this.

Another fun mini-book is a shape book.  Here is one in the shape of the Mayflower.  You can cut extra pages in the same shape and answer multiple questions, staple them together and then put into the lapbook.

When I was learning about lap booking I put together a lapbook of all the types of mini-books I had found.  Now I use this as a reference that I go back to many times.  And I have found that children like using many different types of mini-books.  I have this Lapbook Resource for sale for $15.  If you are interested in it, please email me at

cstanley@afr.net and I will send you the paypal information.  This is a great reference tool.

The last step in completing our lapbook is decorating it.  The front can be decorated however your child would like.  One requirement I usually have is that it does have the title, child’s name and the date on the front.  Inside decorations can be added after all the mini-books have been put in.  We like to find stickers that go along with our theme.  Another great place to find decorations is the scrap booking section.  We have also found that the card section has some good pictures that can be added.



Section I:


Who was Martin Luther and what did he do to protest the church?

Where is Plymouth, England?

Why did the Pilgrims want to leave England?  How would you feel if you were forced to attend the government’s church?

Who were the Separatists?

Where did the Separatists go to from England?

Why did they decide to leave Holland?

How did the Separatists fund their trip to the new world?

Who sailed on the ship?

What did the Pilgrims bring with them on the ship?

What was the ship’s name?

Why did they have to turn back?

Who were born on the ship?

Did anyone die on the ship?

What was life like on the ship?

What food did they eat?

When did the Mayflower set sail?

When did the Mayflower arrive in America?

Section II:

What’s the difference between Saints and Strangers?

Where is did they land?  Maps of Massachusetts and Plymouth and Cape Cod.

Who was Samoset and what did he do?

Who were the Wampanoag Indians?

What words in our English language come from words borrowed from the Wampanoag?

What happened during the first Winter in Plymouth?

Who was Squanto?

How did Squanto help the Pilgrims?

What crops did the Pilgrims plant?

What did the Pilgrims wear?  Labeling sheet.

New people coming to the colony would need to bring what supplies?

Who was Massasoit?

Why did the Pilgrims and Indians celebrate?

(make sure children understand the difference in the first year and the second year in Plymouth)

What types of food were served at the first Thanksgiving? (corn, oyster, hasty pudding, turkey, venison, succotash, johnnycake, fish, squash, quail)

Section III:

Who set aside a day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

What day was set aside?

What happened in October 1921?

Who attended this big celebration?

What foods were served?

What is the date of Thanksgiving this year?

Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday of November.  Who signed this into law and when was it signed?

Whom shall we thank for America’s blessings?

Name four Thanksgiving traditions that your family celebrates?

Write a Thank You note to someone you are especially thankful for.

If you would like a copy of these questions, please email at cstanley@afr.net.  And remember the Lapbook Resource is for sale for $15 and if your interested just email and I’ll send you the paypal account information.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!