Thanksgiving, in the US, is less than a week away. If you have school next week and you are looking for some resources for teaching and learning about Thanksgiving, I have some things for you.
Where Does Thanksgiving Grow?
is a neat data set produced by Linda Zellmer at Western Illinois State University. The data sets contain information about where the main ingredients in Thanksgiving meal come from. The data sets are displayed on maps showing you which states produce the most and least of each ingredient. For example, click on the turkey production data set and you will see that in 2007 Minnesota and North Carolina were the leading producers of turkeys. You can access the data sets individually or as a comprehensive PDF poster
If you’re looking for a writing activity to do with the students in advance of Thanksgiving, National Geographic Kids
offers a Mad Libs-like story writing activity. Funny Fill-In
generates a funny Thanksgiving story based on the words that kids write in response to Thanksgiving prompts.
James Hollis at Teachers Love SMART Boards has developed an excellent list of Thanksgiving lessons that can be done using a SMART Board or other interactive whiteboard.
ABC Teach has numerous free lesson plans, coloring pages, and offline games that are designed for elementary school use.
History.com has a dozen videos related to the origins and history of Thanksgiving as well as video about current Thanksgiving traditions. Below I’ve embedded History of Thanksgiving, but I also recommend watching Mayflower Deconstructed.