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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 Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades 3-6
Favorite Autumn Activities Slideshow (K-8)
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
Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House

Printables for Grades K-12

"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Thanks Around the World
Native American Indian Crafts
Indian Sign Language Chart
Paper Weaving Instructions
The First Thanksgiving Book
Thank-You Gram
More Popular Thanksgiving Printables

Thankgiving Lesson Plans

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

Social Studies & Thanksgiving Connected

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Old Sturbridge Village
Make a Corn Necklace
More Popular Social Studies Activities

Studying Colonial Times

Popular Colonial Times Printables
Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Of Plymouth Plantation
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
More Colonial Times Resources

Thanksgiving Math Activities

Your Favorite Foods at Thanksgiving
Graphing Turkey Consumption
Thanksgiving Dinner
A Thanksgiving Feast
A Pet for Thanksgiving
Turkey Missing Factor Coloring Problems
Pilgrim Hat Math
More Thanksgiving Math Activities

Art Activities for Thanksgiving

Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
Thanksgiving Multipurpose Graphic Organizer
Thanksgiving Placemats
Headband Pattern
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of the Macy's Day Parade Activity Kit
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
More Thanksgiving Art Activities

Reading & Language Arts Activities for Thanksgiving

Thankful List
A Pilgrim Conversation Rubric
A Pilgrim Conversation
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Old Sturbridge Village Vocabulary
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
More Reading & Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Foods & Recipes

Cranberry Facts
Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Fruity Maple Glazed Ham
Wild Rice with Cranberries and Caramelized Onions
Apple Pie a la Zing
More Food Resources for Thanksgiving

Teaching Native American Heritage

Popular Native American Printables
Native American Music Resources
Popular Native American Language Arts Activities
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Indian Pudding
Wampanoag Thanksgiving -- Answer Key
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
Squanto & the Great Debate
Brief History of Thanksgiving
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: National Music Week (5/3-10), Teacher Appreciation Week (5/4-8), Children's Book Week (5/4-10), Mother's Day (5/10), Transportation Week (5/10-16), Biographers Day (5/16), 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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