Editor’s Note: While the first Thanksgiving  was celebrated in 1621, it wasn’t until November 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national holiday. It’s safe to say that the family dinner table today looks much different than the one first shared by the Pilgrims and Native Americans nearly 400 years ago. This week, first graders at La Porte City Elementary School offer an authentic look at the bountiful harvest they expect to find on their Thanksgiving table. The Progress Review gratefully acknowledges first grade teachers Sarah Pospisil and Renee Jesse for sharing these compositions with our readers. -MW

 

Libby Clark: We will eat turkey, green beans, bread, potatoes with brown sugar, and cherry pie for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have milk to drink. I will cook the turkey in the oven for 10 minutes at 800 degrees. Then I will cut the turkey up and put the beans on the stove. Grandma puts cherries in the crust and warms it up. My cousins, aunts and uncles, Grandma and Grandpa, and my family will be there.

Sadie Clark: We will eat turkey, stuffing, ham, apples, and apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have water and apple juice to drink. I will put the turkey on a bottle and bake it in the oven for 17 minutes at 100 degrees. Then I will put the ham in a pot and bake it with the turkey. I will pick apples from our tree, cut them up, and put them in a square glass pan. Then I will put sugar on the apples, but dough on top and bake it. My grandma and grandpa, babysitter, aunt, uncle, and cousins will be there.

CJ Craft: We will eat turkey, rolls, carrots, salami & cheese, and sugar cookies for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have water and milk to drink. My uncle used to make the turkey and he lives far away, so I’m not sure how we will make the turkey. After we are done eating, the sugar cookies will already be made. All of the kids will decorate them however we want. The dads will all watch football and the moms will all talk. My aunts and uncles, moms and dads, and grandmas and grandpas will be there.

Bryson DeWinter: We will eat ice cream, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, plums, and sugar powdered brownies for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have blue Bug Juice, milk, and water to drink. I will put the turkey in the oven at 500 degrees for 25 minutes. I will buy the gravy and ice cream. I’ll stir the brownie mix, bake it in the oven, and put powdered sugar on after it comes out of the oven. My Grandma Fuller, Uncle Bob, Aunt Cheryl, Uncle Charlie, Aunt Marie, and Uncle Dan will be there.

Kamryn Foulk: We will eat turkey, mashed potatoes, chocolate pie, pumpkin pie, cheesy potatoes, and green beans for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have water to drink. I will cut the turkey in half, put it on a plate, and cook it in the oven at 8 degrees at 8:30am. We will eat it at noon. For the pie, I will buy the crust, make the chocolate pudding, and put it in the crust. My two great grandmas, my mom and dad, and my little sister will be there.

Charlie Harmon: We will eat turkey, roast beef, strawberries, green beans, and chocolate brownies for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have lemonade and water to drink. I will bake the meat in the oven at 600 degrees for 6 minutes. I will keep the strawberries in the fridge until the guests arrive. I will warm the green beans in the microwave. I will buy the ingredients and make brownies. Grandma, Grandpa, my cousins, and all of my friends and family will be there!

Chase Johnson: We will eat chicken, Snickers salad, carrots, bread and butter, and vanilla ice cream for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have apple juice and root beer to drink. I will put the chicken in the oven for 10 minutes at 15 degrees. For the Snickers salad, I will use cake batter and Snickers candy bars broken into pieces. I will mix them together and bake in the oven. It’s my favorite! My cousins, Grandma, and Grandpa will be there.

Saylor Miller: We will eat stuffing, turkey, chicken, and muffins for Thanksgiving dinner. We will also have pop with juice to drink. I will put seasonings on the turkey and put it in the oven. My grandma and mom know how to cook it. I will put stuffing in the oven and cook it. My grandma and grandpa, uncles, and my family will be there.

Trevor Mullen: We will eat chocolate pie, turkey, mashed potatoes, and rolls for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have water and root beer to drink. I will put the turkey in the oven at 430 degrees for 30 minutes. I will peel the potatoes and crush them into small pieces and put them on the table. For the chocolate pie, I will put crust in the pan and add chocolate. My grandma and grandpa, cousins, and my family will be there.

Savannah Opperman: We will eat turkey, beans, stuffing, meatloaf, and chocolate ice cream for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have juice to drink. I will put the turkey in the oven for 15 minutes. I will cook the stuffing in a pot for 10 seconds. I will put the beans in a pot for 10 seconds. I will mix the meatloaf and put it in a pan and cook it on high for 50 minutes. I will buy the ice cream from the store. It will be cold. My grandparents, cousin, and all of the Oppermans will be there.

Camren Ostby: We will eat chicken, potatoes and gravy, strawberries, and chocolate brownies with chocolate and vanilla pudding inside for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have milk and root beer to drink. I will cook the chicken in the oven with mashed potatoes in the middle. I will cook it for 5 minutes at a very high temperature. I will smash the strawberries until they are juicy and put them inside the brownies. My family, Sammy my cat, and my amazing dog, Sadie, will be there.

Cameron Pennell: We will eat watermelon, turkey, corn, and chocolate chip cookies for Thanksgiving dinner. We will drink orange pop, root beer, and orange juice. I will cut up the watermelon. Then I will cook the turkey in the oven at 18 degrees for 15 hours. I will buy chocolate chip cookies at Hy-Vee. My grandpa, grandma, brother, sister, mom, and dad will be there.

Caelyn Schaefer: We will eat turkey, steak, carrots with ranch dressing, strawberries, rolls and butter, and strawberry pie for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have water, strawberry juice and milk to drink. I will grill the turkey and steak outside. I will buy the strawberries from the store, wash them, and that’s it! My mom makes strawberry pie. She mixes dough, adds strawberries, and bakes it in the oven for 30 minutes at 100 degrees so she doesn’t burn it. My grandma and grandpa, my sister and her dog, and my uncle Dale will be there.

Nash Schmitz: We will eat chicken, apples, grapes, oranges, ice cream, donuts, and brownies for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have milk, chocolate milk, and 7Up to drink. I will put the chicken in the oven at 88 degrees for 20 minutes. I will wash the fruit and put it on the table. I will buy the desserts and we will eat them last. My mom, my dad, Sam, Chris, and my brother in the Army will be there.

Owen Schmitz: We will have turkey, apple pie, carrots, corn, and bread and butter for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have orange juice and milk to drink. I will put the turkey in the oven at 200 degrees for 12 minutes. I will cut up the apples and put them in the pie, add sugar, and then put it in the oven. I will wash the carrots and put them on the table. My cousins, my mom and dad, and my brother and sister will be there.

Steele Schmitz: We will have turkey (of course), mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, corn, pumpkin pie, maybe ham, and apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner. We will drink water and pop. The turkey will be cooked in the oven. My mom does this so I’m not sure how long it’s in the oven. Maybe one hour. We will put the potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes, then cut and mash them down and serve them with butter. Mom makes the stuffing. I don’t know how. For the pie, put stuff in the crust and put it in the oven. Wait for awhile and then it’s done. My cousins, my family, my friends, and my grandma and grandpa will be there.

Aaden Vogeler: We will have cupcakes, cake, cookies, and ham for Thanksgiving dinner. We will drink root beer. I will put the ham in the microwave for 5 minutes. For the cookies, I will stir the cookie dough and bake the cookies for 5 minutes. Mrs. Pospisil, Chase, my big brother, and my grandpa will be there.

Kaylee Wester: We will eat turkey, pumpkin pie, carrots, mashed potatoes, and chicken for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have milk and orange juice to drink. I will bake the turkey and chicken in the oven for 8 minutes at 8 degrees. For the pumpkin pie, I will put bread in the bottom of a pan and add pumpkin on the top. Then I will bake it in the oven until it’s done. My mom and dad, my grandma and grandpa, my aunt and uncle, and my cousins will be there.

Lane Wood: We will eat baked beans, chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, ice cream, and peanut butter brownies for Thanksgiving dinner. We will have milk to drink. I will make the chicken in the microwave and cook it for 140 minutes. I will cook the beans in the microwave, too. My grandma and grandpa, and my other grandma and grandpa, my aunts and uncles, and my cousins will be there. 

Liam Althoff: We will be eating turkey and baked beans. We will drink lemonade. Mom cooks the turkey in the oven for 20 minutes. Mom makes the baked beans, She know how. My Grandma, Grandpa, Bob, Bob’s brother and my cousins will be at our Thanksgiving.

Wesley Buckingham: For Thanksgiving we will be having turkey, fruit and applesauce. We will be drinking milk. To fix the meal we will put the turkey in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes at 20 degrees. My Grandma, Dad, Mom, my sister, cousins and my aunts will be at our meal.

Tia Butler: We will be eating turkey, mashed potatoes and meat for our Thanksgiving meal. We will drink milk. Grandma is going to cook the turkey in a pan on the stove for 5 minutes. We will cut the potatoes up, bake them for 4 minutes and then eat them. My Uncle Doyle will come plus Dallas and Cade.

Weston Clark: We will have turkey, carrots, blueberries and mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. We will drink water. Dad will cook the turkey on the grill for 60 seconds. Get potatoes. Cook them. Eat them. My Grandma’s and Mom’s friends will be at our Thanksgiving.

Sadaira Covey: At our Thanksgiving we will be having turkey, pumpkin pie, vanilla cake and cupcakes. We will drink milk. We will cook the turkey in the oven for 63 minutes. Cut a pumpkin out. Put frosting on. Put sprinkles on with pudding. My Grandma, Grandpa, Grandma Carol, my dad, my sister Lily will be at Thanksgiving. That is all.

Joey Earle: We will eat turkey and mashed potatoes and drink juice and pop. We will cut up the turkey. Put it in the oven. Cook for a couple of minutes. My mom and dad and Grandma and Grandpa will be at my Thanksgiving.

Eli Grote: For Thanksgiving we will be eating turkey, desserts and pumpkin pies. We will be drinking water. To fix the meal I will check the cookbook and follow the directions. Get pieces off of the pumpkin to make the pie. We will have a couple of friends for our meal.

Haylee Hegdahl: We will be having turkey, ham, fruit, vegetable, and salad for our Thanksgiving meal. We will be drinking juice. To make the salad we will use carrots and cucumbers. Fry the ham for 15 minutes. Mom will bake the turkey for 15 minutes. Aunt Jenny, Uncle Corey, my cousins and my Grandma will be at our Thanksgiving meal.

Adrianna Hinebaugh: We will eat turkey and casseroles for our Thanksgiving meal. The turkey will be in the oven for 5 minutes. Grandma makes the casserole. My little sister, big sister, mom, dad, grandma and some of my cousins will be at our meal.

Aiden Jordan: For Thanksgiving we will have turkey with gravy on it, chicken, broccoli, carrots, pig meat and strawberries. We will drink flavored water. My grandpa works on a farm so he gets a turkey. We cook it 40 minutes at 70 degrees. Cook the carrots in a pot on the stove for 13 minutes. Cook broccoli for 20 minutes. Pick the strawberries on November 10. At our meal we will have Eli, my cousins, 14 of them, Grandma and Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles, Uncle Travis, Dad, Mom, neighbors, my chickens, sister, 2 little brothers, little sister who is 3 years old, and Dad’s girlfriend.

Katelynn Kohring: For Thanksgiving we will have Tom Turkey, strawberries and tomato soup for our meal. We will be drinking strawberry juice. My Mom, Grandma and Dad know how to cook the turkey. My Grandma, Grandpa, Kaylee, my sister from college will be at our meal.

Jayden Paine: We will have turkey and chicken and that’s all for our meal. We will drink orange kool-aide. First you butcher the turkey, then put the turkey in a pan in the oven. Then you wait. Take it out and dig in. My Grandma, Grandpa, uncle, and step dad will be there. That’s it.

Blake Perkins: For our Thanksgiving meal we will have rabbit and sandwiches. We will drink lemonade. I ask my dad to cook the rabbit. He knows how. My Grandma, Grandpa and my cousins will be there for the meal.

Ellie Pospisil: We will eat turkey, mac & cheese, green beans, ham and lots of ice cream. We will drink apple cider. We will cook the turkey in the oven for 1 hour at 100 degrees. Cook noodles and add cheese and milk. Buy the ice cream and green beans. At my Thanksgiving meal I will have Chloe, Naomi, Mrs. Jesse, Mama, Daddy, my sister and my brother and Haylee.

Chloe Sadler: Our Thanksgiving meal will be chocolate cookies, turkey and pudding. We will drink water. Put the turkey in the oven. Bake medium heat for 1 minute. My sister will make the cookies. My family, my mom and dad, sister, brother, Grandma, me and Grandpa will be at the meal.

Joshua Scarborough: We will have turkey, meat, I think, and mashed potatoes. We will drink kool-aide and pop. Cut the skin off the turkey and fry it. Peel the potatoes and mash them. Put in pie plate, fry it and then eat it. For my Thanksgiving meal my friends, Grandma and my Dad will be there eating with us.

Naomi Sides: We will have turkey for our Thanksgiving meal-nothing else. We will drink water. Put the turkey in the oven for 5 or 6 minutes. A really HOT oven. My cousins who live out of state, my grandmas will be there. I think that’s all.

Cayden Stoneman: We are eating turkey, chicken and vegetables for our meal. We will drink orange juice, water and lemonade. Fix the turkey like the chicken. I don’t know how to fix the chicken. My Grandma, aunt, Mom and Dad, Aunt’s dog and my dog will be at our Thanksgiving meal.

Prudence Weber: For Thanksgiving we will be eating chocolate cake, mashed potatoes and gravy and turkey for our meal. We will drink lemonade. Put the turkey in the oven at medium temperature. I don’t know how long. Mash the potatoes with gravy we buy. To make the cake use sugar, frosting, with regular cake with butter and chocolate. Stack i t and eat it. My Grandma, my papa, my aunts and uncles and cousins will be our meal.