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Best Free Thanksgiving Lessons

TechLearning. Dive into the free Thanksgiving lessons, activities, and games. Educators can get an overview of the changing way Thanksgiving is taught through the articles listed below under Thanksgiving Perspectives, Past and Present.  learn more

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Culturally Responsive Ways to Teach the History of Thanksgiving

These resources can help middle and high school students learn about the first Thanksgiving and Native Americans today.  learn more

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First Thanksgiving

National Geographic Kids.  Native Americans and early settlers gave thanks together with this historic feast. On the fourth Thursday of November, people in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday honoring the early settlers and Native Americans who came together to have a historic harvest feast.  learn more

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Help Teaching: Thanksgiving Math and ELA Worksheets

Connect learning to the seasons and holidays with our large collection of seasonal worksheets. Find seasonal vocabulary, reading passages, and writing activities. Seasonal math worksheets incorporate special images and scenarios to provide students with timely activities and holiday problems.  learn more

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Lesson Plan: What the Pilgrims Ate at the First Thanksgiving

It’s always tough to get students to focus during Thanksgiving week — they’ve already got their minds on the holiday. So why not indulge them (within reason)? Since they’re already thinking about Thanksgiving dinner, give them a lesson that touches on the topic in a way that helps them picture the very first Thanksgiving more…  learn more

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Lesson Planet: First Thanksgiving Lessons

Save time lesson planning by exploring our library of educator reviews to over 550,000 open educational resources (OER).  learn more


If you are looking for ways to celebrate Thanksgiving at school or around your own dinner table, please check out these freshly minted activities to honor the “underdog” of the holiday season. November 14, 2022 Peggy Reimers  learn more

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Search Thanksgiving Educational Resources

Nurture each child’s passion, curiosity, optimism, and educational success.  learn more

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SPOTLIGHT! On Meaningful Discussion About Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, teachers have the opportunity to engage their students in meaningful discourse about history and how it is remembered. Here are some resources to embrace a new approach to Thanksgiving.  learn more

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STEAM Lessons About the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a little tradition in my house just like it is in millions of other homes in the United States. For the last few years Macy's has offered some hands-on STEAM lessons related to the parade. Richard Byrne  November 20, 2022  learn more

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Thanksgiving Classroom Activities, Pintables and Worksheets

The main goal of teaching about Thanksgiving should be to help students develop an understanding of the history of the holiday and reinforce the important social-emotional concepts of gratitude, thankfulness, and empathy.  learn more

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Thanksgiving in North America

From local harvest festival to national holiday, art and objects in the spirit of giving thanks.  Enjoy a tour through the collections with a Thanksgiving playlist from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.  learn more

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Thanksgiving Math Worksheets

A variety of math worksheets for all grade levels using the Thanksgiving topics. Math Worksheets Land  learn more

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Thanksgiving Story for Kids

Kids Academy. The First Thanksgiving Cartoon for Children Kids Academy has a great variety of educational materials to offer at All topics of preschool education are covered in our apps, worksheets, and videos for kids.  learn more

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Thanksgiving: Traditions, Origin, & Meaning

History Channel: Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2022 occurs on Thursday, November 24. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving…  learn more

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Why Do We Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?

How did the turkey become a popular Thanksgiving centerpiece? And what did the Pilgrims eat at the first Thanksgiving? The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which has been continuously published since George Washington’s time, says it’s a bit of a mystery, but it helps if you know a little history about this all-American feast day.  Catherine Boeckmann…  learn more