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Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Ideas for New Teachers

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Ideas for New Teachers

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Hi All! In my work with new teachers, it's so important to me to provide them with practical, supportive ideas that they can quickly apply to their work with students. As the Thanksgiving Holiday is fast approaching,want to share some ideas for Thanksgiving Themed lessons... Read the full post here: Cheers!

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Edcamper, Former @Edutopia, Founder of Social Media Marketing Consultancy aimed at helping educational orgs.

Here were some useful resources I came across that had many, many Thanksgiving lesson plans and activities:

:: - This lists over 50 different activities and sorts by subject.

:: - Includes over 35 Thanksgiving lesson ideas.

:: - Has over 50+ teacher submitted Thanksgiving lessons and activities.

Kelly Welch's picture
Kelly Welch
Library Media Specialist for rural schools in Montana

This week I used the interactive at Plimoth Plantation ( which helps to debunk some myths about the first Thanksgiving as well as providing context to the event. Another good site is from the Library of Congress ( which gives an interatctive timeline of all notable Thanksgivings (not just American ones) from 1541-2001.

Brian Thomas's picture
Brian Thomas
A Passion for Teaching!

If you teach High School and would like to take advantage of teaching comparison shopping and smart credit card use, I just developed a free lesson for our TCI Blog. The lesson challenges students to work in groups of four where they pretend to be a consumer advocacy agency. After researching and producing resources, the students participate in a "news conference" where they share their findings and research with their peers. You can download and try out this hands-on lesson at:

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Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I pulled some things together over on a Pinterest board-

Some of the same things already here, some crafty stuff for those of us who enjoy that sort of thing (not me, but you know who you are!) and some resources for teaching other perspectives on Thanksgiving if you so wish. I"ll keep updating it as I find more materials!

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