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17 Thanksgiving Sites For Your Students

Jacqui Murray


Thanksgiving is a time of celebration. Most people have a few days off to prepare their feast, enjoy family, and remind themselves of all they have to be thankful for. If you're one of those that will be spending hours preparing menus, activities, travel arrangements and entertainment for out-of-town guests, I have help for you. Here are eighteen digital resources that will keep children happy and entertained while you take care of all that other stuff:

First Thanksgiving

Bring the story of the First Thanksgiving to life in your classroom! Introduce your class to the first harvest celebration, delve deeper into the relationships between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, and take a closer look at the historical significance of the Pilgrims' settlement.

Online/Offline Thanksgiving Activities

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A wide variety of quick, fun Thanksgiving activities for kids. some require a computer, others not so much.

Starfall -- Silly Turkey

Starfall's unique approach to reading activities, themed to Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Educational Websites from CybraryMan

Dozens of activities--reading, crafts, online games, puzzles, non-fiction, historic background. Lots of activiteis to keep children entertained.

Thanksgiving Games by Primary Games

Fun games, just for kids, themed for the holiday. Lots more on different topics.

Thanksgiving Vocabulary--Quia

Flashcards, matching, vocabulary, word search, concentration.

Thanksgiving Information

History, poems, general resources, crafts, poetry, and more.

2 Jigsaw websites:

Thanksgiving Jigsaw
Thanksgiving Jigsaw II

Thanksgiving Lesson Plans

Crafts, history, story, the First Thanksgiving and more.


Thanksgiving Online Coloring Book
Thanksgiving video -- Brainpop
Thanksgiving Tic-Tac-Toe
Thanksgiving Web Hunt
Various Thanksgiving Games -- BillyBear 4 Kids
You are the Historian -- Thanksgiving


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, a columnist for, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.