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

Printables for Grades K-12

The First Thanksgiving Book
Thanksgiving Dinner
"I'm Thankful for . . ."
Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Fractions
Giving Thanks Writing Activity
Thanksgiving Problem Solving
3-Dimensional Turkey
More Popular Thanksgiving Printables

Thankgiving Lesson Plans

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
The Wampanoag: A Thanksgiving Lesson
Thankful List
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Thanksgiving Placemats
A Pilgrim Conversation
More Thanksgiving Lesson Plans

Social Studies & Thanksgiving Connected

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Wampanoag Thanksgiving Worksheet
Thanksgiving History Reading Warm-Up
Thanksgiving Questions
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Indian Sign Language Chart
More Popular Social Studies Activities

Studying Colonial Times

Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Thanksgiving Word Hunt
A Thanksgiving Quilt
A Thanksgiving Poem
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Brief History of Thanksgiving
More Colonial Times Resources

Thanksgiving Math Activities

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

Art Activities for Thanksgiving

Cornucopia Craft
Thanksgiving Multipurpose Graphic Organizer
Standing Turkey
Headband Pattern
Native American Indian Crafts
Make a Corn Necklace
Turkey Coloring Page
More Thanksgiving Art Activities

Reading & Language Arts Activities for Thanksgiving

Fill-In: Young Tom Turkey
Daily Journal Topics: Thanksgiving
Turkey Feathers
Thanksgiving Match-Up & Vocabulary
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
Turkey Time
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of the Macy's Day Parade Educator's Guide
More Reading & Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Foods & Recipes

Cranberry Facts
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Indian Pudding
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Make a Dried Bouquet
Juice Nutrition 101
More Food Resources for Thanksgiving

Teaching Native American Heritage

Popular Native American Printables
Native American Music Resources
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
Wampanoag Thanksgiving -- Answer Key
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Popular Colonial Times Printables
More Native American Resources

Learning About the Pilgrims

Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Pilgrims Meet the New World
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Standing Boy Pilgrim
Standing Girl Pilgrim
More Pilgrim Resources

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It's (Thursday) November 26, this year. Use videos, lessons, and worksheets to teach the history and cultural significance of the holiday. Then, enjoy our crafts to celebrate and decorate!

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

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.