Kindergarten students at Washington Elementary learned the history of Thanksgiving as they worked together to make soup on Monday.

Kindergarten students at Washington Elementary learned the history of Thanksgiving as they worked together to make soup on Monday.


Throughout November, students participated in Thanksgiving activities, like a virtual tour of Plymouth Rock, that are designed to teach students the origins of the holiday. The students also worked together to cook "friendship stew." Everyone contributes by bringing an ingredient for the soup. Students brought potatoes, green beans, corn, other vegetables, or brought money for the ground beef for the soup.


"We try to make it a combination so everyone can contribute," said Amy Walker, a kindergarten teacher at Washington Elementary.


The idea comes from the folk story "Stone Soup." In the story a town comes together to make soup by each contributing a small ingredient. In the end, the whole town feasts on the collected efforts. Bilingual kindergarten teacher Luz Roth used the story as a part of her lesson.


"Every time they added something in the story, we added it too," said Roth.


The recipe seems to have worked out. "(The soup) was good," said student Shaylee Odom. "I ate all of it."


As the students ate, Walker quizzed them on why the pilgrims first came to America. The pilgrims came to America because they wanted to go to church, said student Devan Davis. "Because the king said, ‘No,’" said Davis.


In Roth’s class, the students made construction-paper pilgrim hats and Native American headdresses to wear as they had their feast. With each costume, students made a vest, with a drawing that was meant to tell the student’s story. The lesson concluded with the students telling their friends the things they are thankful for.