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Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources

Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday of November. Explore the rich historical and cultural aspects of this American holiday with Thanksgiving activities, lessons, and printables. You can incorporate Thanksgiving into many of your classes, such as Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies. There are arts & crafts projects with which your students can demonstrate their creativity, math worksheets so they can show their critical thinking skills, references to teach the history of Thanksgiving, and activities perfect for your students to show their vocabulary and reading capabilities.

Videos about Thanksgiving

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities

Thanksgiving Slideshows

Seasons Printables Slideshow
Favorite Autumn Activities Slideshow (K-8)
Thanksgiving Printables Slideshow (3-8)
Thanksgiving Printables Slideshow (K-2)
Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades 3-6
Favorite Thanksgiving Art Activities, Grades K-6
Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades K-2
Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House
9 Creative Ways to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey

Printables for Grades K-12

"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Indian Sign Language Chart
Native American Indian Crafts
Thanks Around the World
U.S. Holidays Printable Matching Game
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Paper Weaving Instructions
More Popular Thanksgiving Printables

Thankgiving Lesson Plans

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Paper Weavings
William Bradford's Mayflower Passenger List
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Thankful List
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
More Thanksgiving Lesson Plans

Social Studies & Thanksgiving Connected

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Pilgrim Fact Cards
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
William Bradford Biography
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
More Popular Social Studies Activities

Studying Colonial Times

Popular Colonial Times Printables
Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Of Plymouth Plantation
Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village Vocabulary
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
Old Sturbridge Village Checklist
More Colonial Times Resources

Thanksgiving Math Activities

A Pet for Thanksgiving
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
Colorful Column Addition Turkey
Thanksgiving Problem Solving
Shopping for Thanksgiving Math
Thanksgiving Dinner
A Thanksgiving Feast
More Thanksgiving Math Activities

Art Activities for Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving Book
Thanksgiving Multipurpose Graphic Organizer
Thanksgiving Placemats
Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
Make a Dried Bouquet
Thanksgiving Day Draw
Headband Pattern
More Thanksgiving Art Activities

Reading & Language Arts Activities for Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving Poem
A Pilgrim Conversation
A Pilgrim Conversation Rubric
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Thanksgiving Word Hunt
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
More Reading & Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Foods & Recipes

Cranberry Facts
Juice Nutrition 101
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
Cranberry Chutney
Cranberry Fruit Salad
Cranberry Carrot Saute
Be Dazzled Cranberry Punch
More Food Resources for Thanksgiving

Teaching Native American Heritage

Popular Native American Printables
Native American Music Resources
Popular Native American Language Arts Activities
Wampanoag Thanksgiving -- Answer Key
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
More Native American Resources

Learning About the Pilgrims

Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim
Pilgrim Hat Math
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Standing Girl Pilgrim
Standing Boy Pilgrim
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
More Pilgrim Resources


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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