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Thanksgiving Unit Study Resources & Printables for Homeschooling Families

The week of Thanksgiving just begs for low-prep and fun schoolwork. Make up your own Thanksgiving Unit Study by just clicking on these resources and printables!

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Thanksgiving week is always such a crunch time for homeschool families and it’s easy to let school fall by the wayside and just take a “not really planned” break as we try to juggle big dinners, travel to see family & friends, Black Friday shopping, trying to button our jeans after all that pie, and putting up the Christmas decorations in just a few days’ time. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to add in school to that list! LOL

Thanksgiving unit study homeschool resources

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English Language Arts

Library List for Your Thanksgiving Unit Study

The Landing of the Pilgrims (Landmark Books) by James Daughterty

If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac

People of the Breaking Day by Marcia Sewall

The First Thanksgiving (Step into Reading) by Linda Haywood

The First Thanksgiving (Puffin Picture Books) by Jean Craighead George

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh

The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J. Skaermas

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott

A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting (picture book)

Read Mark Twain’s short story, Hunting the Deceitful Turkey


Add in some work on the parts of speech with these Thanksgiving Mad Libs from Happiness is Homemade.

homeschoolhelperonline.com thanksgiving-writing-prompts

Use these Thanksgiving writing prompts from Homeschool Helper Online that come in 3 levels for early elementary, upper elementary, and middle school students.

Thanksgiving Unit Study, Morning Baskets, and Lapbooks

Homeschool Helper Online Thanksgiving Lapbook for Elementary students

Over the River and Through the Woods Musical Unit Study from Beth’s Music Classroom

This Free Native American Unit Study from With the Huddlestons has lessons on music, alphabets, the many different tribes, and even a few recipes to try.

Get lots of ideas from this Thanksgiving Homeschool Activities + Unit Studies from Homeschool with Moxie that includes working on your own family history and nature walks.

Suggestions and ideas for filling your Thanksgiving Morning Basket with books, toys, and games from Heart and Soul Homeschooling

Thankful Morning Time Plans from Everyday Graces Homeschool

Do you need something to occupy your littlest ones this week? Use the Thanksgiving Theme Preschool Lesson Plans from Simple Living Mama

History of Thanksgiving

Numerous Presidents have made Thanksgiving Proclamation throughout the decades, and some of them are noteworthy. Your students may want to read Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation, or George Washington’s.

William Bradford was not a president, but he was the first to make such a proclamation for giving Thanks to the Lord for His provisions for the Colonists. Read it below:

William Bradford’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience. Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.

William Bradford Ye Governor of Ye Colony

Take a Virtual Field Trip through time and place with this History of Plymouth Plantation from Scholastic.

Watch An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving 2008 G based upon the book of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. Check here to see where it’s currently streaming.

Learn about our nation’s history of the holiday we call Thanksgiving with this History Behind our Thanksgiving Traditions from Homeschool On the Range

Thanksgiving STEAM

Science, Technology, & Engineering

Perfect for preschool and early elementary kiddos: a STEM lesson and printable that coordinates with the classic book, A Turkey for Thanksgiving over at JDaniel4sMOM.

There are 3 STEM activities each for the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims in this Thanksgiving STEM post from Momgineer that will keep your elementary kiddos occupied all day.

Thanksgiving Art

Thanksgiving unit study resources and printables

Let your kids express their thankfulness with this cute I‘m Thankful Paper Bag Turkey or Handprint Tree. Get the free printable in the Free Resource Library. Look under Fall Homeschooling Printables

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    Art Appreciation

    Here are 8 paintings about Thanksgiving to warm your heart from Daily Art Magazine.

    Love the classic Norman Rockwell art? Here’s one of his best Thanksgiving glimpses of American life.

    Practical Arts

    Hasty Pudding is a breakfast dish that originated in England, but when the colonists came to America, they began to use what they called Indian Meal, which was what we call cornmeal for their pudding. (The Colonists also often called corn Turkey Wheat!)

    You can learn more about the history of Hasty Pudding (sometimes termed Indian Pudding) in this post from Edible Nutmeg.

    Make your own Hasty Pudding with these easy directions from The Old Farmer’s Almanac or the slightly more advanced recipe from Preservation Maryland.

    Preschool Math

    Thanksgiving Plastic Brick Challenge from Proverbial Homemaker: Can you build all of these Thanksgiving-themed items with your Legos? Includes memory verses and copywork as well.

    My youngest LOVES, LOVES, LOVES pattern block mats! And I love them too because it means that he’ll play with them quietly while I help one of his older siblings. (And he almost never plays quietly. 😊)

    This Reading Mama has some nice Thanksgiving pattern mats that’ll boost your young one’s math reasoning skills. Usually, when I print out pattern block mats, I slip them into a page protector just to help them last a little bit longer. This is the set of pattern blocks we have.

    Thanksgiving Sensory Bins

    thanksgiving sensory bins

    These 4 Thanksgiving sensory bins only take a minute or two to set up and will keep your toddlers and preschoolers out of your hair.

    4 Fall Traditions and A Sensory Look at the Season from Inside Our Normal can help you manage the stressful transitions and new food and sensory experiences for your “out of the box” kiddos.

    Thanksgiving Music

    For your youngest kiddos, listen to the Gray Squirrel Song by The Learning Station, a catchy tune from my teens’ 4-H Camp days that they sometimes still sing. Little ones will also love Jack Hartmann’s Thanksgiving Song (Get Funky with Tommy the Turkey) or another classic from the Learning Station, Little Pilgrim.

    Older kids will enjoy this new song from Ben Rector, The Thanksgiving Song, which incorporates the lyrics in a clever and imaginative way. And if you haven’t already heard Matthew West’s song Gobble Gobble, don’t wait any longer. It will be stuck in your head for days, but your upper elementary & middle school-age kids are sure to love it! LOL

    This Thanksgiving Music Lesson from Music in Our Homeschool comes with 28 pages of Thanksgiving printables!

    If you need some background music for your Thanksgiving Day celebrations, this 70-minute Thanksgiving Playlist from Timeless Music will be perfect.

    Bible & Character Education

    Help your kids to Praise His Name while learning how to be grateful, plus get a printable Thanksgiving Scripture Printable Pack with this guide to Teaching Gratitude and Thanksgiving through Praise and Worship from In All You Do

    Showing your kids how to use this Gratitude Journal for Kids from Homeschooling 4 Him is sure to help them be more mindful of all the things for which to be thankful.

    It’s been such a difficult couple of years, that sometimes it feels really hard to be grateful, even when we know we should. Read When You Don’t Feel Like It from Julie Naturally to help you regain some perspective. Includes a free gratitude journal.

    Just for Fun at Thanksgiving


    Learn how to play a game from the book, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Story, called Nine Mens Morris. This game dates back at least 2000 years. You can play an online version here or get a real edition of the game (which is also sometimes called Mills or Ninepenny Marl).

    Learn how to play the classic variation of Tag called Blind Man’s Bluff probably named for the original word “buffe” which meant a small push. If you don’t have room for a rowdy game of Tag, try the card game version of Blind Man’s Bluff with these rules from GameRules.

    Fun Printables

    You can download a bunch of super cute Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages and Activity Printables from Blessed Homeschool

    Get the printable Thanksgiving Games: Spot the Difference from The Homeschool Cafe for a fun activity to place at the “kids'” table.

    The free printable games and activities set is simply print-and-go educational fun for those crazy days of Thanksgiving week to help your family have a Fun Family Thanksgiving from The WOLFe Pack

    More Fall & Thanksgiving Ideas

    Check out this cornucopia of ideas for your kids with this Thanksgiving and Kids – Learning and Playing All Season Long from Hess UnAcademy

    Are you looking for a way to make your family Thanksgiving more memorable for your kids? Select one of these Five Thanksgiving Traditions That Bring Families Together from Geez, Gwen! and begin a new family tradition.

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