Thinking about Thanksgiving
Holiday Depth and Complexity
What do you notice or wonder? Can you think like a Air Traffic Controller?
Dig Deeper into Thanksgiving Through Multiple Perspectives
National Museum of the American Indian
The Ethical Issues of Turkey
Do a Little Turkey Research
New York Times Learning Network - Different Perspectives
Opinion Writing Kindergarten PBL
Dig Deeper into the History of Thanksgiving
Investigate How Thanksgiving Has Changed Overtime
Be a Historian - Thanksgiving Interactive
What really happened at the First Thanksgiving? Become a history detective and find out! In this fun, award-winning activity, studetns take on the role of a “history detective” to investigate what really happened at the famous 1621 celebration.
Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip
The First Thanksgiving Virtual Field Trip - This interactive website helps students learn the historical significance of how the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans celebrated the first Thanksgiving together at Plymouth Plantation.Teacher Guide K-2, Teacher Guide 3-5, Teacher Guide 6-8
Thinking like a Disciplinarian
Who Started the Presidential Turkey Pardon?
Dig Deeper into Thanksgiving Through Reading
Articles for Students
Historical Essays written specifically for kids can provide some historical accuracy when learning about Thanksgiving.
K-12 Thanksgiving Reading Passages from ReadWorks
History Behind Thanksgiving Traditions from DOGONews
Wild Turkeys -conflicts with humans
This Nonfiction Question Choice Menu might be helpful.
Lessons from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Department
The Immigrant Experience
Here is an accompanying TweenTribune article about the parade puppeteer and
Dig Deeper into Thanksgiving Through Primary Documents
Primary Documents of Thanksgiving
The Library of Congress website has many Thanksgiving primary sources all in one place and easily accessible.
The Teaching with Primary Sources Teacher Guide has additional resources such as links to timelines.
- Edward Winslow writing in Mourt's Relation
- William Bradford writing in Of Plymouth Plantation
Teaching a Historically Accurate Perspective
The American Indian in Children's Literature site has links to lists of historically accurate books.
Teaching Tolerance has resources for teaching Thanksgiving in a in a socially responsible way - lots of links to resources to deconstruct myths and stereotypes.
Dig Deeper into Thanksgiving With Mathematics
Real World Thanksgiving Math
Yummy Math Thanksgiving problems.
Calories! Calories! It is estimated that the average person consumes 3,000 - 4,000 calories from a Thanksgiving meal. But what does that look like? This math problem might help kids put it in perspective. What Does 2,000 Calories Look Like?
Play with Language
Tell a Few Jokes
Sing a Song