K-12 Thanksgiving Units and Resources

Primary (Pre-K – Grade 3)

 Thanksgiving Food Lesson Plans and Ideas for Special Ed and early childhood classes

 Thanksgiving Songs and Poems for Language Arts

Thanksgiving Theme Unit includes links to coloring pages, language arts activities and more

Coloring Pages and Art Projects with a Thanksgiving theme

Junior (Grade 4-Grade 6)

 Pioneers in Canada Unit on pioneers and their daily life

Thanksgiving Theme Unit Ideas Very comprehensive theme ideas, including lessons and activities in math, language arts, social studies, art, music and drama. Mostly focused on U.S. Thanksgiving but many activities suitable for Canadian Thanksgiving as well.

Strawberry Thanksgiving A thought provoking unit for 4-5 graders about the meanings and reasons behind a harvest festival

Holiday Unit for Social Studies A customizable lesson plan for studying culture through a holiday

Intermediate (Grade 7-Grade 9)

Myth or Truth Read Write Think lesson plan teaching critical thinkingand language arts using the story of the first Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving from Scholastic.com for multiple grade levels

Nontraditional Thanksgiving Activities An interesting collection of nontraditional activities within the theme of Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving Feast A unique unit that combines Thanksgiving with persuasive writing as students analyze and create their own restaurant menus and advertisements for a Thanksgiving feast

Senior (Grade 10-Grade 12)

Talking Turkey A unique series of language arts exercises about turkeys from PETA

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Ideas for Senior students includes lessons across the entire curriculum

General Resources

 Concise History of Canadian Thanksgiving

Short mini-lessons and class activities for all ages Many single class activities and lessons to use with various grade levels. Excellent ‘Thanks’ list for high school students

History of Canadian Thanksgiving brief timeline and history

Canadian Thanksgiving Worksheet Single worksheet and activity

A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Activity and Lesson Ideas including links to resources, lesson plans and activities geared to all ages

Teaching First American Diversity An essay with tips from a Native American teacher about teaching children without racial stereotypes about First Americans

Saying Thank You in over 450 languages. Just an extra added resource for use with art/language arts projects related to Thanksgiving

Teaching About Thanksgiving in a culturally sensitive manner from the Fourth World Documentation Project

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