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Happy Thanksgiving: Lesson Plans and Activities

Thanksgiving doesn't have to mean the same tired turkey lessons. Join Education World as we celebrate this special season with some creative ideas. In this archive you will find articles, lesson ideas, site reviews, books, crafts, clipart and much more -- all to help you meet all your holiday needs.


Thanksgiving Placemats: A Community Service Project
Make Thanksgiving placemats as a community service project. (Grades Pre-K-12)

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Best Books for Teaching About...
Thanksgiving, Citizenship, Colonial America, more...

Reader's Theater
"A Turkey Takes a Stand," more...

Every-Day Edits for November

Native Americans Archive

Thanksgiving Feast (Read a Chart)
Learn about where some Thanksgiving feast foods are grown. Printable work sheet provided. (Grades 3-8)

You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving
In this lesson, students use a resource produced by the historians at Plimoth Plantiation to learn the truth about the "First Thanksgiving."

Thinking About Thanksgiving: Lessons Across the Curriculum
Education World helps put Thanksgiving in perspective and challenges students to "think about Thanksgiving." Included: Lessons that teach science, math, geography, foreign languages, more.

The "First Thanksgiving" -- A Feast of Activities
Looking to cook up a feast of across-the-curriculum fun? The table is set with a plentiful selection of ideas. Dig in!

Are You Teaching the Real Story of the "First Thanksgiving"?
Are you teaching the true Thanksgiving story or is the version you're passing on to your students a blend of fact and myth? Ready to set the record straight?

WebQuest: Thanksgiving Means More Than Giving Thanks
The U.S. Congress has decided to change the name of the holiday celebrated on the last Thursday in November. The holiday should be a day for more than just giving thanks, the lawmakers say. Your team will help Congress decide what the new name should be.

It's Turkey Time!
Gobble, gobble, gobble... Increase your students' knowledge and skills when you use turkeys as a teaching theme.

More Resources for Thanksgiving

Pilgrim Projects
Your Thanksgiving lessons lost the luster they once had? These lessons should inspire you to tackle the topic once again. Included: Activities for younger students and older students.

Native Americans
Explore Education World's resources on the history and culture of America's original inhabitants.

A Thanksgiving Language Lesson
Students work in groups to create restaurants, menus, and advertisements to attract Thanksgiving Day customers.

The Thanksgiving Story: The Pilgrims Revisited
The Internet is full of useful materials for exploding myths about the Pilgrims, the Indians, the Mayflower, and the First Thanksgiving. Education World explores the best of those online resources.

Make This Week's Lessons Pop(corn)!
These lesson plans will engage students as they create popcorn timelines, maps, and graphs; do popcorn science and math; explore popcorn history and nutrition; and -- don't forget the best part-- eat popcorn snacks.

An Attitude of Gratitude
Middle-school students think "outside the box" to identify unusual things they're thankful for, and then use digital content (audio, images, movies) to represent those things on a PowerPoint slide. Students' slides are combined into a class slide show.


The Mayflower Web Page
Here is a site that contains just about all the information known about the Mayflower and its famous passengers, the Pilgrims.

First Nations Histories
An extensive gathering of resources on the history of Native American tribes.


The Native American Legacy
Four new books that help youngsters develop their knowledge of and appreciation for the legacy of Native Americans.

A Harvest of New Thanksgiving Books
A Pioneer Thanksgiving, A Thanksgiving Wish, and One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims.

Kids Will Gobble Up All About Turkeys
A great resource for kids who are hungry for information about turkeys.

PaperStar Introduces Plymouth Rock and Native American Titles
Check out books on two popular topics of discussion and learning at this time.




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