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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

Seasons Printables Slideshow
Favorite Autumn Activities Slideshow (K-8)
Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades K-2
Favorite Thanksgiving Art Activities, Grades K-6
Favorite Thanksgiving Activities Slideshow, Grades 3-6
Thanksgiving Printables Slideshow (3-8)
Thanksgiving Printables Slideshow (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 . . ."
Paper Weaving Instructions
The First Thanksgiving Book
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Indian Sign Language Chart
Thanks Around the World
Holiday Bingo (K-4)
More Popular Thanksgiving Printables

Thankgiving Lesson Plans

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

Social Studies & Thanksgiving Connected

History of Thanksgiving – Videos & Activities
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
A Thanksgiving Quilt
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
Native American Indian Crafts
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
More Popular Social Studies Activities

Studying Colonial Times

Popular Colonial Times Printables
Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Indian Pudding
Of Plymouth Plantation
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
William Bradford's Mayflower Passenger List
More Colonial Times Resources

Thanksgiving Math Activities

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

Art Activities for Thanksgiving

Classroom Tree Bulletin Board
Thanksgiving Placemats
Standing Turkey
Turkey Coloring Page
Thanksgiving Day Draw
Headband Pattern
Make a Corn Necklace
More Thanksgiving Art Activities

Reading & Language Arts Activities for Thanksgiving

Daily Journal Topics: Thanksgiving
Eve Bunting: A Teacher's Guide to Her Books
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of the Macy's Day Parade Educator's Guide
Thankful List
A Pilgrim Conversation Rubric
Today's Pilgrim Worksheet
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
More Reading & Language Arts Activities

Thanksgiving Foods & Recipes

Cranberry Facts
Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Juice Nutrition 101
Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
Tex Mex Cranberry Salsa
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 Worksheet
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
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
Pilgrims Meet the New World
Standing Boy Pilgrim
Standing Girl Pilgrim
Set Design for "Pilgrims of Plymouth"
More Pilgrim Resources

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