Books, Videos, and Resources for Teaching About Thanksgiving

Teaching about holidays can be fun, but they are also required. At least they are in Texas. In early elementary, we talk about the origins of customs, holidays, and celebrations celebrated in the community, state, and nation. Among those holidays is Thanksgiving. Unlike some holidays, such as Constitution Day, students are most likely familiar with Thanksgiving and probably celebrate it at home. However, our younger students may not be familiar with the story of Thanksgiving or understand its significance.


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.

Introducing Elf on the Shelf in the Classroom

Elf on the Shelf has been a well known tradition since 2005, but increases with popularity every year! The official Elf on the Shelf website describes the tradition as follows "Santa’s scout elves help him manage his naughty and nice lists. During the Christmas season, the elves are adopted by families and fly back to the North Pole every night to tell Santa about the day’s adventures. When the elves return from their nightly North Pole journey, they hide in a new spot and wait for their families to find them!" While the original story of the elves was for families, it is easily adaptable to use in your classroom. In fact, you can register through the Elf on the Shelf website to receive K-5 lesson plans.

Use an Elf on the Shelf to keep your students on their toes this December! You'll be amazed at how many behavior issues are managed with the elf between Thanksgiving and Christmas at school!

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This Christmas Write the Room Bundle is a great supplement for your Christmas Around the World Unit or as stand alone activities during December. The advantage of using Write the Room as part of your Christmas unit is that it allows students to learn and review the vocabulary of Christmas symbols and traditions while moving about the room. (We all know the closer we get to Christmas the harder it seems for little ones to work quietly at their seats!) If you would like to sample a set, try this FREE Nativity Write the Room.


Are you looking for a way to engage your learners while learning or reviewing digraphs? Write the room is a fun and interactive way to get your students moving around the classroom. After placing word/concept cards around the classroom, students will walk around with a clipboard and recording sheet. Students write the words/answers they find on your chosen recording sheet.

Teaching About Veterans Day

Veterans Day is on November 11th every year, regardless of which day of the week it falls on. This holiday is a great opportunity to discuss all the branches of the military with your students, as well as the duties and sacrifices of our veterans.


Planning a Classroom Thanksgiving Feast

There are many types of Thanksgiving Feasts that take place in elementary schools throughout the United States. It can be a hands-on way to learn about the history behind the holiday, an opportunity to promote community and parent involvement, or a fun way to encourage your students to work together to accomplish a common goal.

There are many types of Thanksgiving Feasts that take place in elementary schools throughout the United States. It can be a hands-on way to learn about the history behind the holiday, an opportunity to promote community and parent involvement, or a fun way to encourage your students to work together to accomplish a common goal.

As with most things in life, there are different opinions on what a “feast” should look like. Every version has pros and cons but the key to success is organization! I’m going to share some things to consider when planning your feast to help make it a successful event.

Thankful Thursday Week 1

Today is the first Thursday of November and we are kicking off Thankful Thursdays with some great resources to get you through the month!


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During November, we often reflect on things that we are thankful for such as veterans, our family, and bacon friends. As educators, we are thankful for committed classroom volunteers, supportive administration, hard-working paraprofessionals, and inquisitive students.

During November, we often reflect on things that we are thankful for such as veterans, our family, and friends. As educators, we are thankful for committed classroom volunteers, supportive administration, hard-working paraprofessionals, and inquisitive students.

Throughout the month of November, you can grab this image and add what you are thankful for to share on social media. Make sure you use the hashtag #thankfulteachers and tag @resourceranch or @creationcastle.

Throughout the month of November, you can grab this image and add what you are thankful for to share on social media. Make sure you use the hashtag #thankfulteachers and tag @resourceranch or @creationcastle.