128. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp
Topics: Mother Earth, appreciation, peace, Iroquois, nature, thanksgiving
Tribes: appreciations/no put-downs
Reading Skills: monitoring for sense, interpretation
My Thoughts: This book is a wonderful November read aloud. I like reading this book before students head off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Since this message comes from the Mohawk, it compliments the 4th grade unit on Native Americans of New York State. Before reading this you may want to ask students to jot down what they are thankful for. While reading the book they can pay attention to what the Mohawks are thankful for as shown in the address. After reading, students can add to their lists and discuss what they learned about the Mohawk people.