By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki
For students in the United States, Thanksgiving means a few days or a week off from the daily grind of school. It means visiting family, possibly traveling long distances to do it. It means turkey and stuffing and gravy and sweet potatoes.
For educators, of course, the Thanksgiving break is a nice respite as well.
But Thanksgiving also presents teaching opportunities! Use the holiday to stuff their brains with knowledge before they stuff their tummies with turkey.
Thanksgiving History Lessons
The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., explores the Native American perspective of the holiday through the themes of environment, community, encounters, and innovations. It also provides information on the history of the Wampanoag people and the ceremony that inspired our Thanksgiving celebrations.
Education World offers a variety of classroom activities to teach about the first Thanksgiving and the Native Americans.
Interested in exploring the history of Thanksgiving? Find out how the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans celebrated the first Thanksgiving together at Plymouth Plantation with these resources from Scholastic.
Thanksgiving Budgeting Activity is a math lesson that encourages students to put together a Thanksgiving feast and figure out what it costs.
Just for Fun!
Education.com seeks to get the child’s whole family involved in learning with Thanksgiving activities like creating a wreath out of paper hands traced from each person.
Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience and academic direction. Learn more at Curriki.org.