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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GIVING THANKS A Native American Morning Message
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
- 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