Teaching About the First Thanksgiving
Help students gain a clearer understanding of what we commemorate each November
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Discover the many meanings of Thanksgiving by exploring life in 17th-century America and the experiences of the Pilgrims and Wampanoags. This rich collection of ready-to-go lessons and activities are the perfect tools to help you enrich your First Thanksgiving unit.
Students explore the customs of 17th century Pilgrims and Wampanoag people with these four learning activities.
Students track their ancestors' voyages to America in this Thanksgiving lesson plan focused on diverse cultural heritages.
Teach students the meaning of Thanksgiving through poetry by helping them make placemats adorned with their pictures and lines from a poem.
Teach students about appreciation as they make a miniature model of the Mayflower and write a letter of thanks.
Give younger students an in-depth look into the First Thanksgiving with this lesson that helps them understand the experiences of the Pilgrims on their voyage to the New World, how two very different groups of people in the New World lived, and the aspects of Plimoth's first harvest feast.
Take a closer look at the historical significance of the Pilgrims' voyage, settlement, and first harvest celebration.
Moss and Trouble, an Algonquin boy and girl, struggle with the problems of growing up in the Massachusetts area during the time of the first Thanksgiving.
Full-color illustrations bring to life this historically accurate account of how the children of Plymouth Colony helped make the first Thanksgiving possible.