ABC's of The First Thanksgiving
Parts(30): Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Narrator 3 Narrator 4
Assign Readers for Letters A-Z
Narrator 1: Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. We have been learning about
early America and the very first Thanksgiving celebration.
A is for Americans: Some of the earliest Americans were the Pilgrims. They wanted to be free to
have their own religion.
B is for Big Ship: The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a big ship called the
C is for Cramped: The ship was very cramped or crowded. There was little room for children
to play. Many people became sick.
D is for Danger: The trip was filled with danger. Often there were storms with great winds.
Everyone was afraid.
E is for Explore: After 66 days the happy Pilgrims reached land. Some of the men went to
shore to explore. They wanted to see what was there.
F is for Fields: They found forests and fields where the native people had planted corn.
They found clean water to drink.
G is for Grateful: Everyone was happy and grateful. They found a safe place to live the way
H is for Hard: That first winter was very cold and hard for the Pilgrims. There was not
enough food. Many people got sick and died.
I is for INDIAN: (Now we say Native American.) A friendly Indian named Squanto helped the
Pilgrims. He showed them how to plant corn and where to find fish.
J is for JONES: In the spring, Captain Jones, the captain of the Mayflower, went back to
England. The Pilgrims stayed in their new home, America.
K is for KEPT: The Pilgrims kept working hard. They planted gardens and built houses and
L is for Land: They learned how to hunt and fish in the new land.
M is for MANY: By summer, the Pilgrims had built many houses. Their vegetable gardens grew
N is for NO ONE: By November, there was plenty to eat. No one would be hungry this winter.
O is for ONE: One day, Governor Bradford said, "We should be thankful for our harvest."
P is for Pilgrims: The Pilgrims harvested pumpkins, corn, squash, beans, and carrots. They
found nuts and berries in the woods.
Q is for QUAIL: The men hunted for wild quail, turkey, geese, and deer. They caught fish
in the rivers.
R is for READY: They caught lobsters, clams, and oysters in the ocean. They got everything
ready for a big celebration.
S is for SHARE: The Pilgrims wanted to share what they had with the Indians, their new
T is for THANKFUL: The Pilgrims were thankful. Now they had food, homes, and friends.
U is for US: The Pilgrims said to their new friends, ≥Please join us!≤
V is for VISIT: They invited the Indians to visit them for their special harvest celebration.
W is for When: When everyone came, they ate together and played games.
X is for EXCITED: The Pilgrims were EXCITED and very happy. Their celebration lasted for
Y is for YELLED: The children played and laughed and yelled.
Z is for Zany: The children acted zany, running all around with their new friends. They
had a wonderful time.
Narrator 2: Most people don't know that the Pilgrims did not celebrate again the next
year. Later on, several Presidents, including George Washington, made
one-time Thanksgiving holidays.
Narrator 3: It became an official holiday in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln, said
to set aside the last Thursday in November to give thanks.
Narrator 4: In 1941, Congress made Thanksgiving an annual national holiday to be
celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. Now it's a time for family and
friends to give thanks together, eat lots of good food, watch parades and
football games. It's also the start of the winter holiday season!