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Text over illustration of sky and clouds - Time4Learning and Fun for everyone: Online education for PreK-12th
Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
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Library of Congress Thanksgiving Documents  (O)
A collection of primary sources from the Library of Congress that include historical proclamations, articles, and art. A teacher's guide is also available.

A Native American Perspective Activity  (M, O)
This activity for older students provides a perspective on Thanksgiving from Native Americans that will challenge them to reflect. The activity provides writings from Native Americans on Thanksgiving and is accompanied by discussion and writing topics.

Culturally Sensitive Lesson Plans for All Ages  (Y, M, O, T)
These lesson plans from the Native American perspective challenge students to consider the cultural and historical implications of the first Thanksgiving and contain age-appropriate activities for younger, middle, and older students, including crafts, reading, writing, and discussion exercises. From the National Education Association.

The Smithsonian Thanksgiving Collection  (O, T)
A collection of primary sources from the Smithsonian Institute that includes historical art and artifacts. The collection is accompanied by a Thanksgiving playlist.

The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings  (M, O)
Thanksgiving hasn't always been on the fourth Thursday of November. Learn about how Thanksgiving the date came to be from this brief history lesson and collection of primary sources.

A Collection of Artifacts from the Mayflower  (M, O)
What did the English bring with them on their Mayflower voyage? Explore this online collection of artifacts from the Pilgrim Hall Museum.

Books, Writings, and Records from Mayflower Passengers  (O)
Get an first-hand look at life on the Mayflower and at Plymouth by reading the writings and records from those who lived there. A collection of primary sources that includes books, letters, records, and documents from MayflowerHistory.com.

Thanksgiving-Themed Activities and Worksheets  (Y)
These Thanksgiving-themed printable activity pages and worksheets cover an array of subjects and thinking skills. From EnchantedLearning.com.

Plimoth Plantation Online Learning  (Y, M, O, T)
The Plimoth Plantation offers a multitude of online learning opportunities, including historical and topical information, historical recipes and games, virtual programs and workshops, and a podcast. Visit their events calendar at https://www.plimoth.org/calendar for live programs.

How to Support Indigenous People on Thanksgiving  (T)
A list of ways to focus on indigenous people while celebrating Thanksgiving; not geared toward children but includes some ideas that could be implemented with children.

Thanksgiving Entertainment and Activities  (Y, M, O, T)
Learn about Thanksgiving traditions and potentially start your own with these articles, games, and activities for children and the whole family. From FamilyEducation.com

15 Activities to for the Kids' Table this Thanksgiving  (Y, M)
Kids will have a blast (and a friendly competition) with these fun Thanksgiving activities. From Highlights.com

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

Ways to Give Thanks  (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)
Disney Family's array of Thanksgiving recipes, printables, party ideas and crafts for kids.

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

Thanksgiving Games  (Y)
These printable placemats and activity pages feature puzzles, games, and coloring pages. 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 Activites for Kids and Teachers  (Y,T)
Thanksgiving activities, crafts, stories, and more from KiddyHouse.com.

Thanksgiving Day Crossword Puzzle  (Y)
Test your Thanksgiving trivia knowledge with this crossword from SunnieBunniezz.com

Thanksgiving Fun and Games  (Y)
Thanksgiving activities, games, puzzles, and more from Apples4theTeacher.com

First Thanksgiving  (Y)
This brief history lesson from NationalGeographic.com explores the story of the first Thanksgiving, including the facts, the myths, and the modern day version.

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

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids  (Y)
Kid-friendly crafts that cover a variety of Thanksgiving themes from AllKidsNetwork.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.

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 from the collected works of Abraham Lincoln,

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.'

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

Thanksgiving Blog Posts

8 Reasons I am Grateful to Be Homeschooling

8 Reasons I am Grateful to Be Homeschooling There are thousands of reasons to be grateful for homeschooling. I was so inspired when I polled my Instagram community and they shared all the reasons they love and appreciate the ability to homeschool. These are my top 8. What are yours? Read More »

Thanksgiving Family Traditions

Thanksgiving Family Traditions Turkey and stuffing might be the staples of Thanksgiving, but for many families the holiday means much more. Homeschoolers often seek to go beyond simply a festive meal to create a culture within the home that encapsulates a sense of belonging, security, and love. One important way families do this is through creating Thanksgiving traditions. Read More »

Fun Thanksgiving Unit Studies for November

Fun Thanksgiving Unit Studies for November Well, it’s already into the first week of November, and I’m realizing that I am supposed to be doing something Thanksgiving-y with my kids. I mean, I even write for TheHomeSchoolMom on creative ways to celebrate the holiday with the family, fun Thanksgiving activities, and ways to express gratitude. You’d kind of think that I would have this whole Thanksgiving-focus-during-the-month-of-November thing down. But, here I am, already into November, and realizing I’m not prepared. Have no fear, Thanksgiving homeschooling procrastinators, all is not lost. Read More »

November Writing Prompt Calendar

November Writing Prompt Calendar This month’s calendar is full of autumn- and Thanksgiving-themed writing prompts, including menu planning for Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers. Each month we are offering writing prompts (you will be able to find them all on the main Homeschool Writing Prompts page), and you can download our November-themed starters here. Read More »

Home(schooling) for the Holidays: 9 Reasons to Worry Less about Schoolwork

Home(schooling) for the Holidays: 9 Reasons to Worry Less about Schoolwork Thanksgiving is almost here in the U.S., which means homeschooling may take on a different look in the coming weeks. I’ve seen a lot of newer homeschooling parents panic as it becomes clear that forward progress through a math workbook comes to a crawl or the curriculum guide gets misplaced under the clutter — for days. Then, uh, maybe for weeks. Here are my 9 reasons why homeschoolers should worry less about schoolwork during the holidays and embrace the season. Read More »

Thank You, Homeschooling

Thank You, Homeschooling There’s kind of a holiday about gratitude coming up, in case you haven’t noticed. You know that time when you give thanks for all of your blessings? Well, this whole home education list falls pretty close to the top of my gratitude list. The longer I do it, the more I love it, and the more I realize its value. Let’s be honest — homeschooling is a luxury very few people in this world can afford. Whether it is an issue of needing two incomes to make ends meet, single parents being the sole breadwinners, political opposition, or something else…home ... Read More »

I Choose to Give Thanks

I Choose to Give Thanks Thanksgiving doesn’t come for me, this year, as a natural flow out of living in a season of abundance. Instead, this time, it must be squeezed, drop by drop, out of a desert of loss. But the desert makes each drop so much more precious and worthwhile. And this year, I am so much more keenly focused on the source of that gratitude — my God, the giver of all blessings — rather than on the objects of my thanks. And while I certainly do not give thanks for everything, I am learning how to give thanks in everything. Read More »

Confessions of a Homeschool Mom’s Thanksgiving

Confessions of a Homeschool Mom's Thanksgiving I wish I could say I basked in the glow of the warmth I feel from homeschooling my children every day. I wish I could write that I woke up energized and excited each morning to nurture their minds and souls, and that I creatively and enthusiastically gave the best of myself consistently toward the creation of the persons they are to become. But that would be someone else’s post. Realistically? Life happens. And when it does, it often takes my best and transforms it into “good enough”. Along this journey it is not uncommon for me to get bogged ... Read More »

A Homeschool Thanksgiving, Part 2

A Homeschool Thanksgiving, Part 2 Thanksgiving can easily become the bump in the road on the way to Christmas, but the holiday deserves special attention and effort in its own right. There are just so many great ways to enjoy this holiday! Read More »

A Homeschool Thanksgiving, Part 1

A Homeschool Thanksgiving, Part 1 One of the many joys of homeschooling is being able to prepare children for an upcoming holiday, rather than simply being swept away by it. November is the perfect time to take a break from regular studies, or add in some special activities by making Thanksgiving the central focus. With its focus on the character quality of gratitude, rich history, and wonderful family traditions, Thanksgiving lends itself perfectly to being a homeschool theme. Spend some time this month and help children fully understand the history, meaning, and traditions of this holiday, and they will gain valuable information about the beginnings ... Read More »

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