Teaching About the First Thanksgiving
Teach students the history behind this American holiday and the tradition of giving thanks.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Encourage your students to explore life in 17th-century America and think about how we celebrate Thanksgiving today. Find ready-to-go classroom activities, colorful crafts, lesson plans for The First Thanksgiving student activity unit, and more.
Go beyond Pilgrim hats and hand turkeys with these 22 fun activities that teach gratitude, charity, friendship, and community.
Bring the history of Thanksgiving to life with virtual field trips to Plimoth Plantation, historical letters, slide shows, and more.
Have your students explore The First Thanksgiving interactive unit and then test their knowledge of Thanksgiving vocabulary with this multiple-choice quiz.
Teach students about appreciation as they make a miniature model of the Mayflower and write a letter of thanks.
Students explore the customs of 17th century Pilgrims and Wampanoag people with these three learning activities.
Teach students the meaning of Thanksgiving through poetry by helping them make placemats adorned with their pictures and lines from a poem.
This lesson plan gives younger students an in-depth look into the First Thanksgiving and helps them understand the experiences of the Pilgrims on their voyage to the New World.
Now aligned to Common Core State Standards! Take a closer look at the Pilgrims' voyage, settlement, and first harvest celebration.
With Common Core-aligned lesson plans, your students will explore the relationships between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag, including their experiences, actions, and decisions relating to the settlement of Plimoth colony.
Students get familiar with fall vegetables while working with them to create their cornucopias. The completed project makes a lovely Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Students get to put their stamp on this craft by making turkeys from their own thumbprints.
Make these bright ears of corn to brighten your classroom all through autumn or to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Students construct one of Thanksgiving’s familiar faces with some painting, cutting, and pasting.
Celebrate Thanksgiving by crafting these friendly pilgrim faces.
Teach the first Thanksgiving and the history of the holiday with these Thanksgiving books.
Find learning activities and thought-provoking printables to enhance the experience of reading Milly and the Macy's Parade.
After reading the Thanksgiving story by Michael Dorris, challenge students with questions about the characters, plot, literary elements, and more.