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
Roanoke Colony Creative Writing Prompt http://castelliclassroom.weebly.com/classroom-updates/roanoke-writing-prompt
Online interactive Jamestown adventure http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/
This history game with Pocahontas for the younger kids http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/pocahontas/
Jamestown 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/
John Smith interactive adventure 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.
Thanksgiving History Timeline 1541-2001 http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/thanksgiving/timeline/1541.html
Plimoth Plantation “Just for Kids” Activities – Coloring, Talk Like a Pilgrim, Virtual Field Trip, History Detective, and more! https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids
Virtual field trip to the first Thanksgiving http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm
Thanksgiving Myths Debunked and other Thanksgiving Articles and Child Friendly Recipes https://www.education.com/articles/thanksgiving/
Interactive trivia quiz http://www.quia.com/rr/315169.html
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
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/
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
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
Thanksgiving Math and Printables https://www.yummymath.com/2017/thanksgiving-football-black-friday-and-giving/
Thanksgiving census http://www.factmonster.com/spot/tgcensus01.html
Thanksgiving themed math worksheets (for younger students) http://www.math-drills.com/thanksgiving.shtml
How Many Calories Are on Your Thanksgiving Plate? https://www.thedailymeal.com/how-many-calories-are-your-thanksgiving-plate/112013
Ideas and instructions for Thanksgiving themed arts and crafts http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/thanksgivingartscraftsideaskids.html
Outdoor Pilgram Games http://www.education.com/activity/article/Three_Outdoor_Pilgrm_Games/
Games that pilgrim children played https://www.sail1620.org/educational/games-played-by-pilgrim-children
Thanksgiving Music Playlist
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.
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) http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:thanksgiving/Grade-Level/Homeschooler/Price-Range/Free
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.