There are many ways to talk about Thanksgiving in your classroom. Check out the following videos, books, and resources to help supplement your lesson plans.
The Berenstain Bears always have great lessons to share. This video is a great way to get students thinking about the importance of being thankful.
This kid's reenactment of the story of Thanksgiving is a fun way to discuss the brave journey of the pilgrims as they struggled for religious freedom and survival in the New World.
BOOKSThere are too many Thanksgiving books to list! Resource Ranch offers activity extensions for Turkey Trouble, which is always a class favorite! If you plan on reading the fun book Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving with your class, use this book companion pack to follow up your read aloud. Students will LOVE writing a story to go along with their hidden turkey craft!
RESOURCESIf you are in school the week of Thanksgiving, you may want to use some Thanksgiving themed literacy centers. These fun activities from Resource Ranch include alphabetizing, poetry, and more! To go along with your literacy centers, consider using Draw Three and Write with Me! Thanksgiving Edition to encourage creative writing.
There are plenty of non-fiction trade books available for Thanksgiving, but if you have a hard time tracking them down, you can download printable books. Creation Castle offers three printable readers for K-1 students: The Pilgrim's Journey, The First Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving Today. Resource Ranch also offers three printable books for 1st or 2nd grade students: Pilgrims, Chores, and Thanksgiving.
You will definitely want to grab the free First Thanksgiving bracelet activity. The lesson will work best if you read a book about the first Thanksgiving and then make the bracelets. The printable story included provides a very basic outline of the story – feel free to add more details orally as you complete the bracelets.