Students will see beyond the kids table as they research the significance of Thanksgiving.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
These interactive activities, lesson plans, and virtual field trips to Plimoth Plantation bring the history of Thanksgiving to life.
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.
Eleven free Printables for Thanksgiving, from bulletin board ideas and clip art to free printable door signs to announce you're receiving Thanksgiving letters from a Pilgrim girl and a Wampanoag boy
Download and print seasonal images, including Pilgrims, turkeys, leaves, and more.
Help students set the table for Thanksgiving with this simple cut-and-paste activity from Clifford the Big Red Dog Magazine.
Lesson Plans and Activities
Transcripts of interviews with historical interpreters from Plimoth Plantation to use as inspiration for Thanksgiving reader's theater
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.
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.
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, 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.
Three sets of questions to discuss after reading the Thanksgiving story
Use these real-world enrichment activities and tips with Scholastic’s virtual field trips to bring learning within the classroom wall to new levels of excitement and engagement — no permission slips required!
My second grade team decided to fully embrace the Scholastic materials this year and do class simulations of The First Thanksgiving.
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.
Maximize classroom time with fun turkey activities that inspire creativity and meet Common Core State Standards objectives in one “fowl” swoop.
Learn about the origins of Thanksgiving, from Squanto and the Pawtuxet tribe to the Pilgrims and the Plymouth Colony.
Students, parents, and teachers from Tuxedo Park Elementary School come together for a sweet project to help feed those in need this holiday season. Scholastic Kid Reporter Chloe Anello brings you the "sweet" story.