Thanksgiving Unit Study Ideas and Resources

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This week we began our Thanksgiving unit studies with a couple of Pre-Thanksgiving activities.  Below are some of the links we followed as we both reviewed and learned about the early American Settlements of Roanoke and Jamestown.

3 Articles about the history and mystery of the Roanoke Colony  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/roanoke2.htm

Lesson guide for teachers from the National Parks Service  http://www.nps.gov/fora/forteachers/roanoke-revisited.htm

Online interactive adventure  http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/

 

This history game for the younger kids http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/pocahontas/

 

Interactive webquest adventure  http://web.archive.org/web/20040811071346/http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/catoctin/3rd/webquests/jamestown/

 

Jamestown reading comprehension and printable quiz  http://mrnussbaum.com/jamestown-printable-reading-comprehension/

 

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/interactiveadventures/john-smith/

 

The Natives and The English video from Crash Course  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTYOQ05oDOI

In addition to the early settlement studies, we began this thankfulness Bible study with printable cards and daily question/activity suggestions http://www.faithgateway.com/thanksgiving-bible-verses-free-printable/#.UnUbfhDZjFD

For the school days from now until Thanksgiving we we will be notebooking, crafting, cooking, reviewing, and researching  who, what, when, where, and why – everything associated with the Plymouth Colony.  We will keep journaling pages and bulletin boards of what we discover.

Below are the links we’ll be using for resources as we travel back in time to visit early America over the next few weeks.

Social Studies Connections:

Thanksgiving History Timeline 1541-2001 http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/thanksgiving/timeline/1541.html

Interactive history detective activity of the first Thanksgiving  http://www.plimoth.org/media/olc/intro.html

Virtual field trip to the first Thanksgiving  http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm

Thanksgiving myths debunked http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Thanksgiving_Myths–Debunked/

Interactive trivia quiz  http://www.quia.com/rr/315169.html

And this just because it’s hip and funny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlHytkZkh3E&feature=youtu.be

This site is my favorite of all the resources I’ve found.  We will use this site daily.  http://search.freefind.com/find.html?id=76113&pageid=r&mode=ALL&query=&sitemap=Site+Map

Language Arts Connections:

Talk like a pilgrim  http://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/talk-pilgrim

Grammar lessons with Thanksgiving themed mad libs  http://amyswandering.com/2012/11/09/thanksgiving-mad-libs-2/

Thanksgiving themed notebooking, activity, and poetry copywork printable pages  http://www.notebookingnook.com/freebies-thanksgiving-notebooking-pages-activity-pages-and-copywork-notebook/

Instructions and printables for writing  “Sensory” poetry  http://teacherhelpforparents.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-poetry/

Notebooking and journaling printable writing paper  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/thanksgiving-stationery

Beautiful copywork and notebooking pages while you are on this page be sure to scroll down.   A little past half way is a link that takes you to a free Squanto study and lapbook printables. Then down on the right sidebar is a link for a free download story,  Squanto’s Garden
http://cyncesplace.com/thanksgiving.html

Jokes, poems, songs, and more (scroll down and look at the left sidebar)  http://www.thanksgiving-day.org/thanksgivingday-fun.html

Stories, jokes, poems and coloring pages http://www.hellokids.com/search?recherche=thanksgiving&search_go=OK

Math Connections:

Thanksgiving census  http://www.factmonster.com/spot/tgcensus01.html

Thanksgiving themed math worksheets http://www.math-drills.com/thanksgiving.shtml

We will also be including cooking and calorie counting as part of our maths.

Extracurricular Connections:

Ideas and instructions for Thanksgiving themed arts and crafts  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/thanksgivingartscraftsideaskids.html

Cooking videos http://www.spatulatta.com/component/search/thanksgiving/%252F?ordering=&searchphrase=all

For those play outside days  http://www.education.com/activity/article/Three_Outdoor_Pilgrm_Games/

Games that pilgrim children may have played  http://www.night.net/thanksgiving/games11.html-ssi

So cute and accurate!  Pilgrim and Native paperdoll printables  http://www.holiday-kids-crafts.com/thanksgiving%20crafts%20paperdolls.html

For music we will be applying our theory lessons to Thanksgiving hymns

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade interactive games  http://social.macys.com/parade/#/games

On nice days we’ll be getting outside for some nature observations, football (not soccer), and archery practice and just maybe some fishing.

Science Connections

Our science is research based (meaning the kids will have to come up with their own resources for information) and will include the following topics:

Human anatomy – digestive system

Why does Thanksgiving dinner make us sleepy?

Native American agriculture and nutrition of  “The Three Sisters”  (beans, squash, corn)

Natural Resources, plants, and wildlife surrounding the Plymouth Colony

Multiple Subject Printable Resources:

Thanksgiving themed free downloads and printables for all levels and subjects for homeschools (you will need an account, but that is free and easy to set up)  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:thanksgiving/Grade-Level/Homeschooler/Price-Range/Free

Good deals along with a several freebies are being offered here.  I also went ahead and picked up a few things to use for our December studies.   https://www.currclick.com/index.php?keywords=thanksgiving&x=0&y=0&author=&artist=&pfrom=&pto=&sdate_from=&sdate_to=&stime_from=&stime_to=

I’m  thankful for many blessings including the homeschooling resources that I find.  It’s a tremendous help and I so appreciate the hard work and the willingness to share of those who have free sites and offer free games and printables.  I hope this season finds you also with much to be thankful for.

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

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