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

Printables for Grades K-12

"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Native American Indian Crafts
Indian Sign Language Chart
Paper Weaving Instructions
Thanks Around the World
The First Thanksgiving Book
Make a Corn Necklace
More Popular Thanksgiving Printables

Thankgiving Lesson Plans

Paper Weavings
Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Make a Dried Bouquet
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
A Pilgrim Conversation
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
More Thanksgiving Lesson Plans

Social Studies & Thanksgiving Connected

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Spice Cookies
Cranberry Apple Crisp
More Popular Social Studies Activities

Studying Colonial Times

Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Popular Colonial Times Printables
Of Plymouth Plantation
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
More Colonial Times Resources

Thanksgiving Math Activities

November Bulletin Board: Fractions
Colorful Column Addition Turkey
Turkey Missing Factor Coloring Problems
A Pet for Thanksgiving
Pilgrim Hat Math
A Thanksgiving Feast
Thanksgiving Dinner
More Thanksgiving Math Activities

Art Activities for Thanksgiving

Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
Thanksgiving Placemats
Standing Turkey
Turkey Coloring Page
Thanksgiving Day Draw
Headband Pattern
Turkey Cup
More Thanksgiving Art Activities

Reading & Language Arts Activities for Thanksgiving

Thankful List
A Pilgrim Conversation Rubric
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
Old Sturbridge Village Vocabulary
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Turkey Time
More Reading & Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Foods & Recipes

Cranberry Facts
Juice Nutrition 101
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Cranberry Lemon Oat Scones
Cranberry Roast Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
Wild Rice with Cranberries and Caramelized Onions
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
More Food Resources for Thanksgiving

Teaching Native American Heritage

Popular Native American Printables
Native American Music Resources
Popular Native American Language Arts Activities
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
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
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Standing Girl Pilgrim
Standing Boy Pilgrim
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
More Pilgrim Resources


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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