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Easy and Inspiring Thanksgiving Lessons and Activities


Keep students focused through the holidays with quality Thanksgiving lessons, crafts and games on the pilgrims, Plymouth, and the Mayflower. These Thanksgiving lessons and activities are a great addition to the classroom and don’t require too much prep work to re-create.

Thanksgiving Holiday and Making Connections with History
The busy holiday season is the perfect time for introducing history in the classroom. Students are naturally excited and filled with anticipation. Take advantage of this winning combination by providing hands-on activities and projects that bring Thanksgiving history alive! This post includes free Thanksgiving printables including Thanksgiving paper art projects (cornucopia, Pilgrim girl and boy, a Native American, Mayflower) and History Pockets: Colonial America activities.

10 Thanksgiving Activities That Don’t Require Worksheets
November is a busy month for teachers. Between assessments and fall conferences, it can be difficult to factor in holiday activities and crafts. Here are some fun Thanksgiving-themed activities to inspire you that don’t require a lot of time in front of the copier.



Turkey Craft and Activities for Thanksgiving
Get a new twist on turkeys this year with this 3D wall art. The colorful feathers, simple materials, and easy instructions will have your students creating display-worthy Thanksgiving art. Incorporate some fun turkey facts and writing activities to craft your own thematic unit for the season.



Let’s Talk Turkey (Animal Research for Kids)
Do you have kids who enjoy learning about animals? When kids are interested in a topic, their motivation is golden! Create your own turkey research report with these resources and free printables!




Heather Foudy is a certified elementary teacher with over 7 years’ experience as an educator and volunteer in the classroom. She enjoys creating lessons that are meaningful and creative for students. She is currently working for Evan-Moor’s marketing and communications team and enjoys building learning opportunities that are both meaningful and creative for students and teachers alike.

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