Thanksgiving Unit Study Ideas and Resources


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

Roanoke Colony Creative Writing Prompt            

Online interactive Jamestown adventure                                                                                         

Jamestown Interactive webquest adventure

Jamestown reading comprehension and printable quiz

The Natives and The English video from Crash Course                   

In addition to the early settlement studies, we began this thankfulness Bible study with printable cards and daily question/activity suggestions

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.

Plimoth Plantation “Just for Kids” Activities – Coloring, Talk Like a Pilgrim, Virtual Field Trip, History Detective, and more!                                                            

Virtual field trip to the first Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Myths Debunked and other Thanksgiving Articles and Child Friendly Recipes

Interactive trivia quiz

This site is my favorite of all the resources I’ve found.  We will use this site daily.

Grammar lessons with Thanksgiving themed mad libs

Thanksgiving themed notebooking, activity, and poetry copywork printable pages

Jokes, poems, songs, and more (scroll down and look at the left sidebar)

Stories, jokes, poems and coloring pages

Thanksgiving Math  and Printables                                                  

Thanksgiving history, fun facts, and census

Thanksgiving themed math worksheets (for younger students)

How Many Calories Are on Your Thanksgiving Plate?                  

Ideas and instructions for Thanksgiving themed arts and crafts

Games that pilgrim children  played

Thanksgiving Music Playlist

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade interactive games

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

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

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)

Resources and Activities of Thanksgiving with a modern history twist!

betty jo


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