In My Classroom
When I teach Thanksgiving in my classroom, I find so much joy in emphasizing the importance of gratitude during the weeks surrounding the holiday. I help my students write Thanksgiving acrostic poems to their parents, expressing specific things for which they are most thankful. I've also implemented charity drives that help the needy in our community whether through collecting cans or other creative means. Additionally, it's important to me to offer some insight and instruction on Pilgrims and the heritage of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Quick Thanksgiving ToolsUse these easily adaptable resources in a variety of ways throughout the Thanksgiving season.
Thanksgiving Math Word Problems
- Thanksgiving Journal Writing Prompts
- Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem Lesson Plan
- Thanksgiving Vocabulary Word List
Puzzles and Ready-to-Print ActivitiesYour students will be so grateful to you for providing these fun games and puzzles to play.
- Thanksgiving Fun
- Thanksgiving Crossword Puzzle
- Pumpkins Trivia Quiz
- Another Thanksgiving Crossword Puzzle (short and sweet)
Thanksgiving Poems and PoemsPoetry and music are always great ways to celebrate any holiday in an elementary classroom.
Historical Background for K-6 StudentsWeave historical background information into your Thanksgiving lesson plans for a little cross-curricular fun.
- History of the Mayflower
- Fast Facts About the First Thanksgiving
- Turkey Trivia
- Virtual Tour of Plymouth Plantation