This is a short educational video for primary school aged children that explains the story of Thanksgiving and how it became a national holiday. The video covers Pilgrims, the Mayflower, Squanto, and more. While this video is short, it is informative and kid-friendly. I highly encourage teachers to use this video as an introduction to Thanksgiving—show this video to help students contextualize the holiday and activities they will engage in.
This award-winning activity is an interactive website teachers can implement into their introductory lesson plan on the history of Thanksgiving. It is great for children of all ages— but I highly suggest older children to use the website (3rd to 8th graders). The website takes users on an investigative journey to find out what happened at the 1621 Thanksgiving celebration. Teacher guide is included!
Looking for an age-appropriate interpretation of the 1621 celebratory events and history? This website provides a child-friendly version of the Thanksgiving dinner and recount of the events leading up to the feast. Great printable version for background that teachers should hand out.
This lesson plan, designed for 3rd through 5th graders has students review the correct placement of quotation marks in a dialogue by using sentences from a story. Students are to use knowledge on grammar and sentence structure to complete the exercise. The second half of this activity encourages students to exercise writing skills by writing a dialogue between a group of Pilgrims at the time they landed at Plymouth.
A lesson plan suitable for children of all ages designed to teach students how to weave using paper and/or cloth. Students are encouraged to create paper weavings using the materials provided by the teacher. They will also learn about the tasks performed by women during the colonial period and the significance of their end products. Excellent hands-on activity for students in history classroom!