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History of Thanksgiving

Learn how Thanksgiving became a national holiday. Each educational video on the history of Thanksgiving is paired with three extension activities to use in your classroom.
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History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Watch these videos to learn about the holiday's history and traditions.

History of Thanksgiving Day

Appropriate Grades: K-5

Elementary students will review the history of Thanksgiving and learn how it became a national holiday.

Source: Studies Weekly on youtube.com

Length: 5 minutes 22 seconds

Extension Activities

A Brief History of Thanksgiving

Appropriate Grades: 6-8

Give middle school students a brief look at the history and traditions of Thanksgiving.

Source: GeoBeats on youtube.com

Length: 45 seconds

Extension Activities

History of the Holidays: History of Thanksgiving

Appropriate Grades: 9-12

High school students will learn about the history of Thanksgiving celebrations and the eventual declaration of Thanksgiving as a national holiday.

Source: History Channel on youtube.com

Length: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Extension Activities

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