Thanksgiving ideas for elementary

Sian Evans
20th November 2018
Sweet turkey-shaped treats as part of teaching thanksgiving to elementary pupils

Creative and subject-specific themed resources to celebrate the tradition of being thankful

Before you know it, 22 November will be upon us and it will be time for the annual traditions of meeting up with family, eating too much and remembering the history of this holiday. To get your students engaged in the run-up to Thanksgiving, we’ve handpicked a range of lesson ideas and imaginative tasks that are ideal for this time of year.

ELA and math resources

Alternatively, engage children with all aspects of Thanksgiving using these Maths and literacy resources to practise writing and math tasks combining key skills with the festive theme.

Thanksgiving powerpoint

A very simple powerpoint telling the story of thanksgiving

By ilovegiraffes

Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

21 journal writes or story starters with Thanksgiving prompts and visuals.<br />Aligned to Common Core State Standards: W.5.1, W.5.2, W.6.1, W.6.2 , W.7.1, W.7.2 , W.8.1, W.8.2, W.9-10.1, W.9-10.2
By mbhammett

Thanksgiving Activity Packet (Math & Literacy)

This 10 page activity packet includes Thanksgiving reading, writing and math activities for younger primary students.


- I am thankful for...
- I am thankful for because...
-All About My Thanksgiving
- If I could have a turkey for a pet...
-Acrostic Poem
- Word Scramble
- Thanksgiving Story with comprehension questions


- Thanksgiving Addition - Color the Turkey
-Thanksgiving Subtraction - Color the Turkey
By abcteach

Thanksgiving Math Mystery (GRADE 1)

Thanksgiving Math Mystery "Case of the Gobbler's Curse" is a fun way to engage your students. In this math detective story people have all started to lose the power of speech and cannot stop making "gobble, gobble" noises! Students must solve the worksheets to reveal clues as to which potion will cure those under the Gobbler's Curse.

Make your day a little easier and try one of our math mysteries, your students will love them!

- Ordering 2-Digit Numbers
- Reading & Writing Time (O'Clock only)
- Comparing 2-Digit Numbers
- Adding within 20
- Subtracting within 20
By JJResources

Creative activities

Time to get out the crayons, scissors and glue to create these crafts and music compositions, designed to brighten up the classroom ahead of the holiday and encourage learners to discuss the importance of pilgrims, Native Americans and the Mayflower. 

Thanksgiving Crafts - Thanksgiving Icons!

This is a great Thanksgiving Craft.

Included is a template that the students will color, cut and then glue together! It's a great Thanksgiving keepsake. Or, you can have the students make the craft ahead of time and use them to decorate the classroom. It has pictures of pilgrims, the Mayflower, native Americans.

Made from regular photocopy paper (8 1/2 x 14), all students require are coloring pencils, scissors and glue (glue sticks recommended).

Includes two versions of this craft - a smaller and a larger version.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
By Artsy-Crafter

Thanksgiving Activity :: Turkey Crafts :: Turkey Life Cycle

Thanksgiving Activity :: Turkey Crafts :: Turkey life Cycle

A creative way to teach about Thanksgiving while creating a super cute turkey. Your kiddos will love creating and putting on their own personal touches on this unique twist on a traditional Turkey craft.

Paper lanterns are great for developing fine motor skills such as: folding, coloring, painting, gluing, cutting, listening and following directions. Embedded within this Turkey project there are several activities to extend your students learning about Thanksgiving.

These units are designed in a Mix and Match format. You are able to pick the pieces that you want, depending on the needs and the abilities of your students…so many possibilities.

This unit can be approached in several ways. Either as a quick Turkey craft that will take about 90 minutes to complete. Or as long, in-depth project that will take upwards of a week or two to complete. In my classroom, creating the basic lantern will take my kiddos about 90 minutes (coloring and assembly). Adding a writing competent will take an additional 45 to 60 minute block of time to complete.


:: Turkey Craft :: Turkey Activity :: Thanksgiving Craft :: Thanksgiving Activity :: Paper Lantern :: 3D Craft :: Turkey Theme :: Thanksgiving Theme:: Ms Lil :: Turkey Decoration :: Thanksgiving Art :: Turkey Art ::
By Ms Lil

Thankful Turkey Craftivity

A cute little craftivity for you little ones to make. They can write one thing they are thankful for on each feather before creating their turkeys. This makes a great little gift for parents for Thanksgiving.
By aRillClassroom

Music Composition Activities for Thanksgiving


Have your students compose and perform their very own songs for THANKSGIVING!!

♦ This file contains SIX guided music compositions activities and

♦ Teacher Ideas and Suggestions.

♦ Each of the SIX music composition/song activities comes in TWO versions, color, which is perfect for you the teacher to project as you explain/model the activity AND black and white for the student to color while they wait for inspiration OR when they are completed their song!

♫ Students compose their very own THANKSGIVING song by choosing from the given bars/measures of rhythm with words and placing them in an order of their choosing.

♫ The more advanced students in your class can use the given measures/bars as a springboard for creating their own THANKSGIVING verse for their song and using the templates provided to notate their song!

♫ Students can only use the specified pitches in their music composition. This is specified for FIVE of the activities

♫♫ NOW INCLUDED is a song writing activity sheet where the pitches have NOT been specified. Teachers can use this sheet to draw the clef and pitches they have been working on in class.

Use this resource to develop/assess understanding of:
♦ Pitch
♦ Rhythm
♦ Words and rhythms
♦ Standard notation on the treble staff

Completed activities/songs can then be used for:
♦ A class concert
♦ A wall/bulletin board display for your music classroom
By Kim Maloney

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