RACINE — For the past few weeks, Southern Elementary first graders have been studying Pilgrims, the art of giving, and the tradition of Thanksgiving.
During the month of November students studied how the life of Pilgrim children differed from their own lives. First graders wrote about what they would do if they had been Pilgrim children, comparing their daily routine to the routines of Pilgrim children.
As part of the lesson, Jenny Ridenour of the Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District, visited the school and taught students about turkeys.
As a culminating activity about Pilgrims, Mrs. Deborah Harris, Mrs. Wendy Beegle and Mrs. Dawn Hill’s first graders at Southern Elementary made butter, November 19.
One of the activities that went along with the Thanksgiving theme included making butter. Although the students didn’t have a butter churn, they did have “make-shift” churns at their disposal, shaking the cream and other ingredients in plastic containers until the butter was formed. At the end of the activity, all students were treated to a snack that utilized the freshly made butter.