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Planting “Corn”

Found In: crafts & cooking, songs & poems, thanksgiving

I use this arts and crafts activity to illustrate how Native Americans helped the Pilgrims grow crops. Have students crust chocolate wafers to resemble soil. Then, add a piece of candy corn and a gummy fish. This reinforces the idea that fish (fertilizer) helped the corn to grow.

There’s also a short finger play to go along with the activity:

  • Pull the fish from the sea.
  • Plant them with a seed.
  • Makes the corn grow way past me.
  • What a great little deed!



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Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer

Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.