Students will see beyond the kids table as they research the significance of Thanksgiving.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Bring the history of Thanksgiving to life with virtual field trips to Plimoth Plantation, historical letters, slide shows, and more.
Learn how Pilgrim children talked in this digital issue of Let’s Find Out magazine.
Read about Thanksgiving manners in this digital issue of Clifford magazine.
Go beyond Pilgrim hats and hand turkeys with these 22 fun activities that teach gratitude, charity, friendship, and community.
1 handy template + a handful of multi-colored beans = a fun and easy pumpkin project kids will love!
Students get to put their stamp on this craft by making turkeys from their own thumbprints.
Celebrate Thanksgiving by crafting these friendly pilgrim faces.
These colorful Thanksgiving centerpieces, which display what students are most thankful for, offer adults an easy way to include children in the dinner conversation during the big feast.
Students write what they are thankful for on this writing paper.
Pick up some free Printables for your Thanksgiving unit, including bulletin board ideas, activity pages, games, and clip art!
Download and print seasonal images, including Pilgrims, turkeys, leaves, and more.
Lesson Plans and Activities
Transcripts of interviews with historical interpreters from Plimoth Plantation to use as inspiration for a Thanksgiving-themed reader's theater
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.
Help children acknowledge librarians, cooks, custodians and other community workers by making special thank-you books.
These Thanksgiving-themed lesson plans and activities are fun and educational for younger students.
Students track their ancestors' voyages to America in this Thanksgiving lesson plan focused on diverse cultural heritages.
Students explore the customs of 17th century Pilgrims and Wampanoag people with these four learning activities.
Teach the first Thanksgiving and the history of the holiday with these Thanksgiving books.
Activities related to the story of Franklin, who's sad that his grandma and grandpa won't be able to join his family for Thanksgiving.
These activities and printables make the perfect accompaniments for students reading the Milly and the Macy's Parade holiday picture book.
Through Remember Patience Whipple's diary, students get to join the pilgrims and experience their Atlantic crossing, their settling in Plimoth, and their celebration of the first Thanksgiving.
Students will learn to identify and describe events as they create models or drawings of the Mayflower, after reading On the Mayflower: Voyage of the Ship's Apprenctice & a Passenger Girl by Kate Waters.
Using the book Giving Thanks: The 1621 Harvest Feast, students will learn about feasts shared by English settlers and Wampanoag Indians in 1621.
This teacher-created book list includes tips for classroom use.
A selection of List Exchange Book Lists created by teachers, reading experts, and Scholastic editors to help celebrate the season.
Begin a class discussion of the book by Ann Rinaldi, which tells the story of a young orphan's journey on the Mayflower to a new land, where he forms a powerful friendship with the feared Nauset tribe.
After reading the Thanksgiving story by Michael Dorris, challenge students with questions about the characters, plot, literary elements, and more.
Use real-world enrichment activities and tips with Scholastic’s virtual field trips for new levels of engagement.
If you currently teach a Thanksgiving unit, include Common Core State Standards by investigating two of the only primary source documents that provide written accounts of the first Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving can be a busy time of year for most teachers. It is the time many of us are completing assessments and beginning report cards, but I'm very thankful for the opportunity to teach my students about Thanksgiving and to help them learn what it means to be thankful.
These fun turkey activities inspire creativity and meet Common Core State Standards in one “fowl” swoop.