Student speak: Hodge Road Elementary School students weigh in on the first Thanksgiving

November 25, 2013 

We asked six Hodge Road Elementary School students what the Native Americans and Pilgrims talked about at the first Thanksgiving. Here’s what they had to say:

Laura Stark, kindergarten

“They talk about when they have a baby. Sometimes they do have babies at Thanksgiving. (There were) a little bit of babies at the first Thanksgiving.”

Alexander Avila-Herrera, third grade

“I think they talked about … what was the land? Was it England? There was some England people on the land who kicked off the Native Americans so they didn’t have nowhere to go. I think they went to Pennsylvania so they could cook and then it led to the war. The Revolutionary War.”

Diego Avila-Huerta, first grade

“They said thanks for something. They talk about ... thanks for going to the park. Thanks for going to the beach. Thanks for taking me to the zoo. Thanks for giving me some presents when it was my birthday.”

Raven McFarland, second grade

“Maybe they talked about how their day was and how they were and when they grew up, what they want to do. Like, be a nurse or something. Maybe they wanted to be a zookeeper or something.”

Sophia Houatchanthara, first grade

“I think they would speak a different language than everybody else talks. They tried to talk the same language. I think (they said) ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me.’ ”

Michaela Sanders, fourth grade

“I think they were talking about how to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ to learn different languages and the traditions they do (like) trying to get along and not be fighting.”

Compiled by staff writers Mechelle Hankerson and Aaron Moody

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