America celebrates Thanksgiving Day this Thursday! Are you ready? It can be difficult during holidays to keep the kids productively occupied when we’re so busy. I have a site they’ll enjoy! While you’re working in the kitchen, or when you don’t need help (“help”) from the kids, send them to The First Thanksgiving, a site full of free Thanksgiving lesson plans, virtual field trips, and more.
I usually just let my kids roam The First Thanksgiving site, but if you’d prefer, there are Teacher Guides available, so you can tuck these lessons right into your history curriculum! If you teach through unit studies, this site will work perfectly for you – the entire unit study is laid out, with easy access to all modules.
Free Thanksgiving Lesson Plans on the Day, the Mayflower, the Wampanoags, and Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth Plantation worked with Scholastic to create The First Thanksgiving site. With that partnership, there is much to offer us teachers through videos, virtual field trips, historical letters, and more.
The Teacher’s Activity Guides include full Thanksgiving Lesson Plans.
Visit the Mayflower, Plimoth Plantation, a Pilgrim Village, and a Wampanoag Homesite through Virtual Field Trips
There are several virtual field trips to view. I especially like the 30-minute field trip titled Plimoth Plantation, presented live a few years ago. The field trip shows the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people together on Thanksgiving Day. See this and other virtual field trips here.
Especially for Preschool-8th, but I send my young teens to the site, too – in fact, our 17-year-old peeked over my shoulder as I was reviewing the site and he started giving me facts on Thanksgiving. I love their curiosity! It makes homeschooling so much easier, doesn’t it?
updated for 2017. I moved previous years’ comments to this post and forwarded those posts to this one.