The books we read were:
Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters
Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest by Kate Waters
We read that the Wampanoag Indians did not live in Teepees or Tents. They lived in Wigwams (which look similar to huts).
We searche online and found a picture of a Wampanoag wigwam. (photo courtesy of Lady Katherine)
Here is a picture of a Pilgrim home in Massachusetts. (photo courtesy of Flicker)
We used tacky glue to adhere brown paper to the milk cartons (I had alot of paper left over from our Fall Seasonal tree that we did not use). It made it easier for the boys to glue their pieces of construction paper to the milk cartons.
Here is my youngest son's Pilgrim home that he made for our First Thanksgiving craft.
For the the sides of the Pilgrim home, my older soon painted the over the brown paper with acrylic paint and then scratched the surface with a fork. When the paint dried my son added the construction paper to he roof of his Pilgrim home.
To make the wigwam look rounder, we added crumbled paper and glued the construction paper over it as the roof.
The boys had fun making their First Thanksgiving homes. I thought it was important to show my sons that Thanksgiving has a place in history and that it is not just about the food but the people who shared the meal together.
We plan on saving our "homes and wigwams" for other unit studies. We definately will be makng more recyled crafts this year. We enjoyed sharing how we made them with you. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
UPDATE January 2010: I wish we had seen this sooner in November. We found a wonderful resource at Montessori for Everyone. They have a great printable on Native American Homes. I saved our printable for covering Native American Indians again.