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Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days

Thanksgiving

by Mary Ann Kelley

Homeschool resources about Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Entertainment and Activities  (Y, M, O, T)
From Family Education.com

15 Activities to Make the Thanksgiving Kids' Table More Fun  (Y, M)
Kids will have a blast (and a friendly competition) with these fun Thanksgiving activities. From Country Living.com

First Thanksgiving  (Y,M)
From National Geographic Kids.com

Thanksgiving Traditions  (Y,M)
Some of the common traditions associated with "Turkey Day." from National Geographic Kids.com

Thanksgiving  (Y,M)
From Kids of Integrity; Tools for growing Godly character. Make a scarecrow, bake "manna" wafers, and hear how God provided for the Israelites when they were "pilgrims" journeying to a new land. You can use this lesson in connection with Thanksgiving, or at any time of year.

Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian  (Y,M,O,T)
What really happened at the First Thanksgiving? Become a history detective and find out! From Plimouth Plantation

The Truth about The First Thanksgiving by James W. Loewen  (O, T)
Reproduced from Loewen's book "Lies My Teacher Told Me," this excerpt describes the original non-native settlers of what is now the United States and the impact they had on the natives.

Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom  (Y,M,O,T)

Hand and Foot Turkey Craft  (Y)
This cute turkey is made from your child's handprints and footprints, cut out of construction paper. It makes a very nice Thanksgiving decoration. From Enchanted Learning for the youngest ones.

The Pilgrims  (M)
Children's Literature in the Social Studies Curriculum. Mini-Unit for the Fifth Grade Level

Thanksgiving Printables  (Y)
Designed for preschoolers from Disney Family

24 Thanksgiving Games  (Y)
From Disney Family

DLTK's Custom Dominos  (Y)
Great tool for any holiday or unit study theme. Pick a theme for your dominoes and then choose color or black and white before printing.

Thanksgiving History Quiz  (Y)
Travel back in time and find out what the Pilgrims were really up to at their first Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt  (Y)
A themed scavenger hunt to get you off the couch on turkay day.

Thanksgiving Fun For Kids   (Y)
From BethanyRoberts.com

Annie's "Thanksgiving Just for Kids" Page  (Y)
Thanksgiving stories to read; Thanksgiving games to play; Family & Children's Thanksgiving Pages; Children's Pages to Color; Other Thanksgiving Crafts sites; Thanksgiving Icons

Thanksgiving Activites for Kids and teachers  (Y,T)
From KiddyHouse.com

Thanksgiving activities for kids  (Y)
Holiday games and crafts both you and your kids will be thankful for. From Mother Nature Network.

Happy Thanksgiving!  (Y,T)
From A Kid's Heart

Thanksgiving Day Crossword Puzzle  (Y)
From Sunnie Bunniezz.com

Thanksgiving Fun and Games  (Y)
From Apples 4 the Teacher.com

First Thanksgiving  (Y)
National Geographic Kid Stories in History pages.

Thanksgiving Printables  (Y)
Thanksgiving place mats, place cards, and paper centerpieces. From Parents magazine.

Happy Thanksgiving  (Y)
From Just 4 Kids electric magazine.

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids  (Y)
From AllKidsNetwork.com

Thanksgiving Fun for Kids  (Y)
Fun Ideas for Kids' Activities on Thanksgiving. From Busy Bee Lifestyle.

Thanksgiving Games  (Y)
From Surfnetkids.com

Happy Thanksgiving  (Y)
From Lil' Fingers.com, a computer storybook, game, activity and coloring site.

Mrs. Turner's Pumpkin Pie   (Y,M)
A story for Thanksgiving from Judy's Neighborhood:A collection of short stories and poems by Judy Solomon.

The Case of the Missing Turkey Leg   (Y,M)
A story for Thanksgiving from Judy's Neighborhood:A collection of short stories and poems by Judy Solomon.

Plimoth Plantation programs for kids, scouts, and families  (Y,M,O,T)
Plimoth Plantation offers kids interesting facts and activities about the 17th-century.

Plimoth Plantation  (Y,M)
Plimoth Plantation offers primary living history exhibits, the 1627 Pilgrim Village, Wampanoag homesite and Mayflower II Exhibits. Visitors can experience what it was like that first Thanksgiving. Website offers a virtual tour.

DLTK's Crafts for Kids  (Y,M,O,T)
My kids love to decorate and plan activities for Thanksgiving. If yours are the same way, you will appreciate the coloring pages, crafts, games, puzzles, songs, recipes, and other printables from DLTK for the upcoming holiday.

Lincoln's Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day  (Y,M,O,T)
A primary source dating October 3, 1863

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott, 1881  (Y,M,O,T)
Return to the perspective of giving thanks from a time before television, telephones, and the internet to keep us connected with the rest of the world

You are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving  (Y,M,O,T)
Plimoth Plantation's interactive, online learning center offers students insight into 'The First Thanksgiving.'

Enchanted Learning's Mayflower Quiz  (Y,M)
Best for elementary students who are reading well.

George Washington's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation  (Y,M,O,T)
A primary source dating 3 October 1789

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