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.
Now aligned to the Common Core State Standards! 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, how two very different groups of people in the New World lived, and the aspects of Plimoth's first harvest feast.
Now aligned to Common Core State Standards! Take a closer look at the Pilgrims' voyage, settlement, and first harvest celebration.
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.
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.
Filled with color photographs, this unique interpretation of the first Thanksgiving tells the story through two points of view a Pilgrim boy and a Wampanoag Indian boy. From the award-winning creators of Sarah Morton's Day.