Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans, Activity Ideas and Other Curriculum Resources
By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer
Found in:Language Arts & Literature, Social Studies, PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Plans & Activities
The First Thanksgiving
In these leveled units, students in grades K2, 3-5, and 6-8 learn about the hardships encountered by the Pilgrims on their voyage and in their new settlement and explore different aspects of Plymouth colony's first harvest feast. Teachers will find lessons and teacher guides as well as interactive teaching tools and multimedia resources.
The First Thanksgiving Student Activities for Grades PreK-12
This site includes lessons, activities, videos, slide shows, printables, and more.
4-8. Make a Thanksgiving theme picture frame.
You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving
4-8. In this interactive presentation, students use the skills of historians to explore the myth and misconception surrounding “The First Thanksgiving.” Requires Flash Player 6. Includes a teachers guide.
Teaching About the First Thanksgiving
Discover the many meanings of Thanksgiving by exploring life in 17th-century America and the experiences of the Pilgrims and Wampanoags.
Teaching Resources for Thanksgiving
Lessons, extensions, multimedia resources, and recommended books.
Native American Perspectives on Thanksgiving
Links to additional resources.
Grades 4-8 Teacher and Student Resources for American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving ( PDF, 4.1 MB, 10 pgs.)
The National Museum of the American Indian provides a study guide, full-size printable versions of poster images, a separate lesson on the topic of Thanksgiving, and more.
Memoirs. Excerpts from primary sources.
Thanksgiving on the Web
A source of Thanksgiving postcards, recipes, facts, and trivia.
Features Pilgrim history and Plymouth Colony primary sources.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Timeline
An annotated timeline 1616- 2007.
Native Languages of the Americas: Wampanoag
A source of information on language and culture. Includes a fact sheet and an introduction to Wampanoag Indian mythology.
NativeTech: Native American Technology and Art
This site focuses on the arts of Eastern Woodland Indian Peoples.
Thanksgiving Census Facts
Consider a statistical view of Thanksgiving. Find out how many turkeys are raised for Thanksgiving, how many pounds of potatoes Americans consume around the holiday, and how many pies will be produced. Links to other Thanksgiving quiz and turkey facts.
Learn about wild and domesticated turkeys in the United States.
Thanksgiving Recipes for Kids
Kids can help mom, dad, brother, or sister make sweet potato pie, marshmallow pilgrim hats, and turkey cookies.
Pass the Dessert: America's Thanksgiving Recipes
Find seven recipes for old fashioned Thanksgiving desserts and listen to an audio clip as the some of the finished recipes are tasted and rated.
Take and grade these 10 question quizzes.
Test your Thanksgiving savvy with this 80 question trivia test.
Ten Thanksgiving Books for Children
K-8. Annotated reading list.
New Plimoth Plantation Virtual Field Trips
K-12. Tour the Pilgrim Village, the Wampanoag Homesite, and the Plimoth Plantation.
Keeping Score: Ives Holidays Symphony (The 4th Movement is approximately 15 minutes)
Michael Tilson Thomas describes Charles Ives Symphony: New England Holidays. Those not familiar with Ives, his music can be a challenge to listen to. The 4th Movement: Thanksgiving begins at 41:30.
History of Thanksgiving
14 brief videos covering Thanksgiving history, food, football, and more.
last updated: October 4, 2017
With Halloween just over, we are looking forward to fun Preschool Thanksgiving Activities for the month of November. This awesome preschool Thanksgiving unit includes 16 hands on center activities as well as 15, no prep, printable worksheets that can be used all month long.
The activities are filled with colorful turkeys, delicious looking pies, and even some tasty corn on the cob. Children will get to count, work on letter recognition and writing, as well as tracing, subitizing, patterns and other fantastic skills for preschoolers.
Here is a quick preview of the new activities:
Preschool Thanksgiving Activities
TURKEY NAME CLIP AND SPELL
If you are looking for a fun preschool name practice activity, this is a good one. The kids get to clip letter feathers on the turkey to spell their name. We used dry erase markers so we could easily edit the feathers however we wanted, but you could write it under the lamination as well.
COUNT AND CHECK PUMPKIN PIE
This fun pumpkin pie craft is perfect for working on early counting. We added find motor to it by using Gator pinchers to place white pom poms on each whip cream circle. We counted them. Then, you can flip up that slice of pie to check your answer.
TURKEY FEATHER CLIP AND COUNT
These cute turkeys are a fun counting activity with a side of fine motor skills. Children count and clip clothespins onto the turkey to show how many feathers they have.
TURKEY’S ON THE FENCE ALPHABET MATCH
Help these turkeys find their spot on the fence. Clip each turkey clip, with it’s capital letter, on the fence above it’s matching lowercase letter.
TURKEY COLOR DO A DOT
We LOVE Do a Dots. Do you? This turkey do a dot is so colorful and happy. We used pom poms to fill in the circles, but you could also use dot markers or crayons.
CORN KERNEL COUNTING
Playdoh is such a fun addition to any preschool center, and this was no exception. We had a lot of fun rolling corn kernels to go on our corn cobs.
TURKEY ALPHABET PUZZLE CARDS
These fun turkey alphabet cards can be used in a number of ways. We completed our puzzles, and then opted to make the letters out of Playdoh.
HIDE, ROLL AND SEEK TURKEY
My kids couldn’t stop giggling over this cute turkey math game. One child hides the turkey behind a bush. The next child or children roll the dice, spinning the matching bushes from each roll in search of the turkey. It was great fun, and fantastic math practice.
TURKEY FEATHER COUNTING
For this turkey feather counting activity, we used velcro to attach feathers to our little turkey friends. The kids loved it.
TURKEY COUNTING PUZZLES
CUP TURKEY SUBITIZING CRAFT
These upside down cups made fabulous turkey friends. I cut small slits in the top of each cup so that the children could sort the correct spoon “feathers” into the matching turkeys.
TURKEY ALPHABET TRACING CARDS
We are always looking for more alphabet writing practice, and these turkey alphabet cards were great for that. The children could write with their dry erase markers, and then erase and move on to the next letter.
APPLE PIE COUNTING
Pie is a traditional part of Thanksgiving, and this fun activity combines counting with pretend play pie baking.
TURKEY SHAPE MATCHING CARDS
These cute turkeys resemble a certain shape. Can you find their matching shapes on the cards? Cover them, color them, and then play shapes black out if you’d like. We used our colored shape buttons, but you can use other markers or even crayons if you’d like.
PIE STAND ROLL AND COVER
Turkey is trying to sell some pies for Thanksgiving. Roll the dice and cover the pies he sells.
FALL WORD PUZZLES – THANKSGIVING WORD WALL STRIPS
These fun fall word strips can be used as puzzles or as a word wall activity for the month of November.
Preschool Thanksgiving Worksheets
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