Homeschool Thanksgiving Resources for the Elementary Years

Holidays are a great time of year to think outside the box with your homeschool learning. They offer themes and activities to add some fun in your homeschool. Homeschool Thanksgiving is no exception. From turkeys to pumpkins, pilgrims to Indians, this is a collection of fun crafts, books, poetry, education printables and more!

Homeschool Thanksgiving – Resources for the Elementary Years

Ava and I have been enjoying doing some fun activities pertaining to Thanksgiving and learning about the first Thanksgiving.  I have compiled some of the resources that we have used for Homeschool Thanksgiving as well as some we just didn’t get to for you to enjoy!

Thanksgiving Printable Activities

1. Keepsake Thanksgiving Copywork

Keepsake Thanksgiving copywork activity from The Simple Homeschool includes multiple copywork options with both print and cursive to choose from.

By doing 2 pages a day we finished the keepsake during the month of November and she is excited to have it ready to show off to our family for Thanksgiving!  It was nice to go over the story of the first Thanksgiving as well as for her to have a chance to work on her handwriting skills.

The Simple Homeschool also has a fun Turkey Activity Pack as well!

2. Printable Colorable First Thanksgiving Book

This FREE Printable First Thanksgiving coloring book is nice for children who love to color and/or children who are not writing yet.  The story is printed out coloring book style so that they can color the corresponding pictures to the story and includes facts about the first Thanksgiving.

3. Thanksgiving Pack Tot-1st Grade

A FREE Printable pack with over 120 pages of coloring, matching, writing, fill in the blank and more!

4. Thanksgiving Activity Mini-Lapbook

This FREE Printable Thanksgiving Activity Mini-Lapbook includes all instructions and printables to make a full color Thanksgiving Lapbook.

5. Thanksgiving Acrostic Poems

Two years ago we did these fun Thanksgiving Acrostic Poems that all the kids really enjoyed. They each got to choose their character (male pilgrim, female pilgrim, turkey) and then write their own poem.

6. Thanksgiving Lapbook Resources

This is a great resource for  Thanksgiving Lapbook components and resources found on Squidoo. 

History, culture, and food all come together in this holiday topic. Create a Thanksgiving lapbook to record what you learn. This page will direct you to great books to read and free resources for making a Thanksgiving lapbook or notebook project.

7. FREE Thanksgiving Worksheets and Ideas

 Thanksgiving Resources for Thanksgiving Stories

1. A Turkey for Thanksgiving

We enjoyed reading the book A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting.  A cute twist on, “having a turkey for Thanksgiving”, this holiday book is sure to delight.

With this we used a FREE activity pack to go along with the book that was done by ABCTeach. The activities include a word search, crossword, sequencing activity, comprehension questions and more!

2. ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving favorite in our house is Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilke. Obviously adapted from a Christmas favorite, “Twas the Night Before Christmas, this tale takes a class to a turkey farm where something funny happens to the children before they leave.

To go along with this story we used a Lines of Time activity from Fortunately For You Books to recall the sequence of the story.  Ava likes cut and paste activities like this where she can have a small project to review what she has learned.

3. Thanksgiving Day & The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving

These Thanksgiving Story Bracelets are a way for kids to make a fun craft and show off their knowledge in the process.

I already had Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell on our bookshelf and I quickly put The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern on hold at the library so that I could do this activity with Ava. You can download the printable for The Thanksgiving Story Bracelet here.

More Thanksgiving Resources

10 Silly Thanksgiving Books from Starts At Eight
Thanksgiving Poetry - Memorize - Create - Print from Starts At Eight
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message from Starts At Eight