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12 Easy to Find Thanksgiving Teaching and Learning Resources

Thanksgiving is a fun time of the year, and an educational one too. If you are looking for a few resources to use in delivering short lessons on the history and traditions of the holiday which dates back to the earliest days of America, here you'll find plenty.

Because Thanksgiving is so old, there are a number of conflicting accounts of its history, which to me should always foster a healthy debate. This, of course, makes Thanksgiving fun and versatile, with an array of topics, beginning with history and literature, to health, games, and nutrition.

Thanksgiving Decoration by alasam, on Flickr
1. Thanksgiving resources - What really happened? The New York Times Learning offers useful link resources on the topic.

2. Teacher’s guide the primary source set. The Library of Congress has this .pdf as well as a catalog of digitized primary sources that illustrate important moments in the history of the holiday.

3. The first Thanksgiving. Scholastic shows you how the pilgrims reached America and celebrated the first Thanksgiving via videos, slideshows, and a virtual field trip.

4. Lesson plans, activity ideas, and other curriculum resources. The National Education Association (NEA) gives you interdisciplinary lesson ideas broken down by grade k -12 level.

5. Little known facts about Thanksgiving. There are tidbits still unknown for many. TIME Magazine has written an interesting article regarding The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving.

6. The history of Thanksgiving - Mayflower deconstructed. Who better to provide Thanksgiving resources than The History Channel. Tons of videos related to the origins, history, and traditions related to Thanksgiving.

7. Rich historical and cultural aspects of this American holiday. TeacherVision also features some Thanksgiving activities and lessons for all subjects, included printables.

8. Game: A Thanksgiving for the birds. The National Geographic for Kids challenges students to fill-in a turkey story/Mad Lib that can be used for writing activities.

9. The ultimate quiz for Turkey Day. The HuffPo challenges you to take the ultimate quiz on how much you know about Turkey Day.

10. Teaching and learning about American Thanksgiving. Richard Byrne, editor of Free Technology for Teachers has a comprehensive list of Thanksgiving web sites he has collected over the last few years.

11. The best websites to learn about Thanksgiving. Larry Ferlazzo is a prominent voice in the educational sphere. He is well known for his popular lists of The Best....

12. Thanksgiving educational websites. Jerry Blumengarten has been cataloging the internet for years with resources for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Impossible not to check out @Cybraryman's Thanksgiving curation.

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