Thankful for Educators Everywhere

It’s Thanksgiving in the USA, a time when we ask ourselves what we’re thankful for. It may sound trite, but it’s heartfelt… we’re thankful for educators everywhere. Can you imagine where we’d be without you?? Every day you wage war against our lesser proclivities and, despite how it feels when you scroll through your news feed, you almost always win! So as we near Turkey Day, please know that we give thanks that you are fighting each day to make this world a better place. ♥

Here are some free TeacherMade activities that you can share with your teachers and students as the holiday approaches. It’s always handy to have some extra “ammo” as focus wanes… 



ELA/SS: Thanksgiving Day

Description: Students will read all about the Thanksgiving holiday in this brief passage. They will then answer a variety of question types to assess their comprehension.

Grade: Grades 3-5 

Item Types: Multiple Choice, Checkbox, True/False

Link: Thanksgiving Day

ELA: Thanksgiving Cloze

Description: Have your students review the parts of speech by completing this Thanksgiving MadLibs! Students will fill in the blanks with the correct part of speech to make a gratitude writing. After they will answer two open answer questions. These are perfect for your students to share with their families and friends on Thanksgiving Day!

Grade: All grade levels 

Item Types: Short Answer, Open Answer


ELA: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Description: Learn all about the balloons used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Students will read a brief introduction about the parade, then read about the balloons and types used! They will take reading checks along the way to assess their understanding of the text.

Grade: Grades 4 – 8 

Item Types: 


Math: Counting Ears of Corn

Description:  Ana is a very good girl who donates her time at the food bank. She needs help figuring out how many ears of corn she’s put in the Thanksgiving meal kits. This worksheet specifically addresses CCSS Math 2.NBT.A.1, 1a, 1b.

Grade: Grades 2 & 3 

Item Types: Short Answer


ELA: Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes Across the USA 

Description:  This reading passage is a real eye-opener to the varied foods that grace Americans’ tables for Thanksgiving. Students will learn a lot and you may hear exclamations of “Eww” and “What!” Couple this worksheet with a small research project around the writing prompt and you’ll have a fun class period covered!

Grade: Grade 8 and up

Item Types: Short Answer

Link: Traditional Dishes Across the USA


ELAR/SS: Canadian and U.S. Thanksgivings Compared 

Description: Learning about Thanksgiving north of the border and comparing it to the US holiday will interest your kids.

Grade: Middle & High School

Item Types: Checkboxes, True/False, Multiple Choice, Short Answer, Open Answer


ELA/SS: Traditional Houses of Native American Tribes 

Description: Students will learn about the types of shelters once constructed by different Native American tribes. They’ll then put that knowledge to use in a challenging matching activity. 

Grade: 5 and up

Item Types: Matching



Science: Plants and Animal Names from Native American Words

Description: Guess the different plants and animals from their original Native American names! Your students will receive bonus points if they place a picture of the plant or animal by its name or look up the name of the tribe and state its historical home region. Students always love a challenge! 

Grade: 4 and up

Item Types: Multiple Choice 


SS: Where Did U.S. State Names Come From? 

Description: Do your students love puzzles? In this activity, they will be given hints to try to figure out which US State names come from Native American origins.

Recommended Grade Range: 4 through High School 

Item Types: Short Answer



Thank You Readers for 14 Amazing Years!