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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.

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Videos about Thanksgiving

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities

Thanksgiving Slideshows

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

Printables for Grades K-12

"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Holiday Bingo (K-4)
Thanks Around the World
Thanksgiving Dinner
Turkey Card
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Indian Sign Language Chart
More Popular Thanksgiving Printables

Thankgiving Lesson Plans

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Paper Weavings
Thankful List
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
More Thanksgiving Lesson Plans

Social Studies & Thanksgiving Connected

Pilgrim Fact Cards
History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Warm Cranberry Wassail
More Popular Social Studies Activities

Studying Colonial Times

Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Popular Colonial Times Printables
Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Of Plymouth Plantation
Paper Weaving Instructions
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
More Colonial Times Resources

Thanksgiving Math Activities

Turkey Feathers Activities
Thanksgiving Problem Solving
A Thanksgiving Feast
Your Favorite Foods at Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Fractions
Turkey Missing Factor Coloring Problems
Colorful Column Addition Turkey
More Thanksgiving Math Activities

Art Activities for Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving Book
3-Dimensional Turkey
Thanksgiving Multipurpose Graphic Organizer
Make a Dried Bouquet
Thanksgiving Placemats
Turkey Coloring Page
Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
More Thanksgiving Art Activities

Reading & Language Arts Activities for Thanksgiving

Daily Journal Topics: Thanksgiving
Turkey Time
A Pilgrim Conversation Rubric
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
A Pilgrim Conversation
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
More Reading & Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Foods & Recipes

Cranberry Facts
Fruity Maple Glazed Ham
Cranberry Lemon Oat Scones
Cranberry Sesame Honey Glazed Pork Roast
New England Cornbread Stuffing
Wild Rice with Cranberries and Caramelized Onions
Cranberry Bread Pudding
More Food Resources for Thanksgiving

Teaching Native American Heritage

Popular Native American Printables
Native American Music Resources
Popular Native American Language Arts Activities
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Wampanoag Thanksgiving -- Answer Key
Indian Pudding
More Native American Resources

Learning About the Pilgrims

Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim
Pilgrim Hat Math
Standing Girl Pilgrim
Standing Boy Pilgrim
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
Squanto & the Great Debate
More Pilgrim Resources

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