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Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message

Mohawk parents have traditionally taught their children to start each day by giving thanks to Mother Earth.

“To be a human being is an honor, and we offer thanksgiving for all the gifts of life,” begins the Thanksgiving Address.

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This Native American good morning message is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift. The whole universe–from the moon and the stars to the tiniest blade of grass–is addressed as one great family.

It is a celebration of the beauty of Mother Earth, which Chief Jake Swamp of the Mohawk Nation, who is also a founder of the Tree of Peace Society, has adapted especially for readers of all ages. – Lee & Low Books

Giving Thanks Teaching Resources

Listen to the story narrated by Chief Jake Swamp & enjoy the beautiful illustrations by Erwin Printup.

Free Teacher’s Guide –Lee & Low

  • Pre and Post Reading Focus Discussion and Questions
  • Vocabulary
  • Reader’s Response Journal Prompts
  • ELL/ESL Teaching Strategies
  • Interdisciplinary Activities (Science, Math, Music, Art, and more)

Support Materials –Reading is Fundamental

  • word search, memory match, and criss-cross online activities
  • Guides for Educators, Parents & Families, and Community Coordinators
  • Extension Activities
  • Vocabulary Scaffold

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