Related Theme Pages: Thanksgiving 3-7, Colonisation of North America 8-9, and Native Americans, 7-9

Background

For the sake of the traditional holiday, the links on this page are mainly aligned with the traditional story of Thanksgiving as it has been told since the 19th century. For the real historical view on the History of Thanksgiving Day see Advanced Viewing below.

Warm-up

Obama Jokes At His Final Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon - YouTube

Obama Jokes At His Final Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon – YouTube (9:14) https://youtu.be/zKN3uZ3XvQoA tradition with several recent presidents.  Partial transcript: Of course, Thanksgiving is a family holiday as much as a national one. So for the past seven years, I’ve established another tradition…

 

11 Turkeys Who Won’t Get Eaten This Thanksgiving - YouTube

11 Turkeys Who Won’t Get Eaten This Thanksgiving – YouTube  (1:10) https://youtu.be/G9Oqz8RfTQ0You can’t stop them. Funny film clips with turkeys and text on the screen

 

Songs

Turkey Blues - YouTube

Turkey Blues – YouTube (3:47) https://youtu.be/Pzq0cUxhvccThe Turkey Blues is a comedic video which tells the frightening journey of a turkey trying to change his destiny.

The Turkey Song - YouTube

The Turkey Song – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/Z5gnGVukmDgA turkey tries not to be gobbled up. Eat tofu! Happy Thanksgiving!                            …

MS. GOBBLER - I WILL SURVIVE - YouTube

MS. GOBBLER – I WILL SURVIVE – YouTube  https://youtu.be/3EW4vgSP-mMThanksgiving Humor A turkey’s hopeful song with a beat 

Funny Thanksgiving Song - 'Thanksgiving Overture' - YouTube

Funny Thanksgiving Song – ‘Thanksgiving Overture’ – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/Gkmpd3Xp2GMLooking for a funny Thanksgiving song? Send this Thanksgiving overture with lyrics to your friends and family to get a laugh this Thanksgiving!

 

Vocabulary

Thanksgiving Symbols

Thanksgiving Symbolshttp://www.theholidayspot.com/thanksgiving/symbols.htmPictures and descriptions of the main symbols of the widely celebrated holidays of United States, Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Activitieshttp://seasonal.theteacherscorner.net/thanksgiving/The Thanksgiving pages will provide you with printable crosswords and word search activities among some arts and crafts

 

Thanksgiving Is for Familyhttp://www.englishcentral.com/video/23303/thanksgiving-is-for-familyVocabulary learning video from English Central. Registration required.

 

Turkey - Idioms by The Free Dictionary

Turkey – Idioms by The Free Dictionaryhttp://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/turkeyThe word turkey in phrases and idioms by The Free Dictionary

Lesson Plans

The First Thanksgiving Student Activities for Grades PreK-12 | Scholastic.com

The First Thanksgiving Student Activities for Grades PreK-12 | Scholastic.comhttp://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/Visit Plimoth Plantation to talk with the Pilgrims, visit their village, step aboard the Mayflower, and explore the Wampanoag Homesite (yr 7-8)

 

ESL Holiday Lessons: English Lesson on Thanksgiving

ESL Holiday Lessons: English Lesson on Thanksgivinghttp://www.eslholidaylessons.com/11/thanksgiving.htmlESL Holiday Lessons: Free 14-Page lesson plan / worksheet on Thanksgiving – Handouts, online activity and mp3 (yr 7-8)

 

Pilgrim Colony at Plymouth - Mind42

Pilgrim Colony at Plymouth – Mind42https://mind42.com/mindmap/1c485cd2-8989-4833-af8c-cf1aaf34f39f?rel=pmbA mindmap with links to various sources

Listening

Thanksgiving, a Traditional American Holiday

Thanksgiving, a Traditional American Holiday (10:09) http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/american-celebrate-thanksgiving/2529775.htmlTwo ladies discuss Thanksgiving traditions while cooking dinner. Underneath is a listening link (5:23) (yr 7-8)Come Celebrate Thanksgiving!

 

The True, Grim Story of the First Thanksgiving : NPR

The True, Grim Story of the First Thanksgiving : NPR (4:29)http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1524201NPR’s Bob Edwards explains that the real Thanksgiving was much grimmer than the well-known story (yr 8-9+)

 

Reading

10 Thanksgiving Myths Dispelled An infographic that can easily be studied bit by bit. Click on it to enlarge

Thanksgiving Cards | Thanksgiving Activities|Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Cards | Thanksgiving Activities|Thanksgiving Dayhttp://www.storyboardthat.com/teacher-guide/thanksgiving-activitiesThanksgiving Day storyboards & Thanksgiving activities include ‘I am thankful for’, Thanksgiving Cards, symbols of Thanksgiving & The Story of Thanksgiving

 

Five myths about the Pilgrims - The Washington Post

Five myths about the Pilgrims – The Washington Posthttp://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-the-pilgrims/2013/11/22/9f93e822-52c1-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_story.htmlTheir celebration in 1621 wasn’t a first or a thanksgiving.

 

Thanksgiving Poems, Wishes, Sayings: Celebrate Blessings

Thanksgiving Poems, Wishes, Sayings: Celebrate Blessingshttp://www.poemsource.com/thanksgiving-poems.htmlFree Thanksgiving poems for greeting cards, programs. Funny Thanksgiving card messages, rhymes for kids, a Thanksgiving song and prayers.

Jokes

Grandma's Briefs — Home — 20 Thanksgiving jokes to share with kids

Grandma’s Briefs — Home — 20 Thanksgiving jokes to share with kidshttp://www.grandmasbriefs.com/home/2012/11/16/20-thanksgiving-jokes-to-share-with-kids.htmlKids—and some grown-ups, too—love corny jokes. Here are 20 to share during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Suggestion: Copy Q’s and A’s on a handout for the students to match.

 

Viewing

Thanksgiving History EFL - YouTube

Thanksgiving History EFL – YouTube (3:18)https://youtu.be/xL9HrFIedtgHistory of Thanksgiving with English subtitles for EFL and ESL classes

The American Thanksgiving Story (English subtitles) - YouTube

The American Thanksgiving Story (English subtitles) – YouTube (6:31)https://youtu.be/-BQSOkkoDjcThis video illustrates the history of the Pilgrims going to America and describes present-day Thanksgiving celebrations.

Thanksgiving - Facts, Origin, Pictures & Videos - History.com

Thanksgiving – Facts, Origin, Pictures & Videos – History.com (3 min each)http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgivingFind out more about Thanksgiving, including the story of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims

 

The First Thanksgiving: Virtual Field Trips, Videos, and Slideshow

The First Thanksgiving: Virtual Field Trips, Videos, and Slideshowhttp://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htmMayflower: Step aboard and explore a reproduction of the Mayflower, anchored at Plimoth Plantation, in this 20-minute video for all grades.

 

Canadian Thanksgiving: a SKETCH by UCB's Muddleberry - YouTube

Canadian Thanksgiving: a SKETCH by UCB’s Muddleberry – YouTube (2:03)https://youtu.be/uPFrFZ2ym6wA look at the many, many differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving.

 

Video: Five strange Thanksgiving traditions - Telegraph

Video: Five strange Thanksgiving traditions – Telegraph (1:58)http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/12014157/Five-strange-Thanksgiving-traditions.htmlAs Thanksgiving 2015 is celebrated in North America, we look at some of the holiday’s strangest traditions including the US president pardoning a turkey

 

Thanksgiving clips from FRIENDS - YouTube

Thanksgiving clips from FRIENDS – YouTube (13:51)https://youtu.be/FaLaPEnjeqYThese are not all the Thanksgiving scenes from Friends, but they are some of the best. Enjoy.

 

What was life like for the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony? - World Book Explains - YouTube

What was life like for the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony? – World Book Explains – YouTube (3:22) https://youtu.be/QYJdp1U4zZQ “What was life like for the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony? (yr 8-9)

 

Thanksgiving: Myth vs. Fact - Anglophenia Ep 43 - YouTube

Thanksgiving: Myth vs. Fact – Anglophenia Ep 43 – YouTube (6:37) https://youtu.be/XBmBX7hWFbwAnglophenia’s Kate Arnell separates fact from fiction on the Pilgrims and more (yr 8-9)

 

Writing

Create a Thanksgiving Card on Storyboard That - YouTube

Create a Thanksgiving Card on Storyboard That – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/R_aMCIeNZn0How to create a Thanksgiving card on Storyboard That

 

Focus on Form

Education World: Every-Day Edit: Thanksgiving

Education World: Every-Day Edit: Thanksgivinghttp://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/edit/edit-thanksgiving.shtmlPrint out for the students or show on whiteboard to be copied and corrected.

Check Text Thanksgiving A text with 10 errors to correct, 1:1  (yr 8-9)
Check Text Pilgrim Fathers A text with 10 errors to correct, 1:1 (yr 8-9)

Interactive

Thanksgiving

Thanksgivinghttp://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/reading_thanksgiving.phpThanksgiving  in the USA and Canada. An interactive Reading Comprehension Text (yr 7-8)

A Quiz on Thanksgiving 35 interactive questions (1:1 or IWB)

More Information

Say Thank Youhttp://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0769407.htmlIt’s what your parents always remind you to say. Now you can dazzle your friends and relatives by saying it in 26 different languages. Ask your students to add their languages if they are not on the list.

 

Thanksgiving Food And Thanksgiving Recipes - Genius Kitchen

Thanksgiving Food And Thanksgiving Recipes – Genius Kitchenhttp://thanksgiving.food.com/Make this years holiday meal delicious and effortless with our collection of Thanksgiving recipe, featuring classic and creative riffs on turkey, side dishes, homemade rolls, pies and more.

 

Thanksgiving Recipes - Allrecipes.com

Thanksgiving Recipes – Allrecipes.comhttp://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Holidays-and-Events/Thanksgiving/Main.aspxAllrecipes has the best recipes for Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, and tips to help you along the way.

 

Thanksgiving Infographic

Thanksgiving Infographichttp://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving/infographics/thanksgiving-by-the-numbersExplore the history of Thanksgiving, a U.S. holiday that dates back to colonial times. Learn about the first Thanksgiving feast, traditions and more.

 

Advanced Viewing

Thanksgiving: A Native American View - YouTube

Thanksgiving: A Native American View – YouTube (5:52)https://youtu.be/6RwCPaZujZMNative American view on Thanksgiving. Text on screen, no narrator

Pilgrim Separatists and the Founding of America - Drive Thru History - YouTube

Pilgrim Separatists and the Founding of America – Drive Thru History – YouTube (appr. 20 min)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uWvm1QBCdE&list=PL9B3323DF665AFDD9Pilgrim Separatists and the Founding of America – Drive Thru History
A playlist of 6 videos telling the story of the Pilgrim Fathers

When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America: Crash Course US History #2 - YouTube

When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America: Crash Course US History #2 – YouTube (12:25)https://youtu.be/o69TvQqyGdgIn which John Green teaches you about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States. (Yr 9+)

 

Super Quick Review: Plymouth Colony & Mayflower Compact - YouTube

Super Quick Review: Plymouth Colony & Mayflower Compact – YouTube (4:16)https://youtu.be/bSxJrGw-pw0This video covers all the basics of the colonization of Plymouth for U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. History students (Yr 9+)

 

Mayflower Story Pt 1of 3 - YouTube

Mayflower Story Pt 1of 3 – YouTube (11:42)https://youtu.be/Pv-_JxApHzoExcerpt from Desperate Crossing–The Untold Story of the Mayflower. An excellent History Channel overview of the Mayflower journey (Yr 9+)Part 3

 

Mayflower Story Pt 3 of 3 - YouTube

Mayflower Story Pt 3 of 3 – YouTube (12:50) https://youtu.be/Jvfn3t08lEcPart 3 of 3 of an excerpt of the Story of the Mayflower journey from Europe to America.

 

The Natives and the English - Crash Course US History #3 - YouTube

The Natives and the English – Crash Course US History #3 – YouTube (11:26)https://youtu.be/TTYOQ05oDOIIn which John Green teaches you about relations between the early English colonists and the native people the encountered in the New World. (Yr 9+)

 

7 Things You Don't Know About Thanksgiving - YouTube

7 Things You Don’t Know About Thanksgiving – YouTube (10:09) https://youtu.be/5g4oYmkvFRIWe know things about Thanksgiving that you probably don’t. Two guys talking about the myths of Thanksgiving (Yr 9+)

 

Everything You Know About Thanksgiving is WRONG | Decoded | MTV News - YouTube

Everything You Know About Thanksgiving is WRONG | Decoded | MTV News – YouTube (3:21) https://youtu.be/uFfREh7G3ckA family at Thanksgiving dinner get to learn the facts behind the myths (Yr 9+)

 

Plimoth Plantation: Virtual Field Trip - YouTube

Plimoth Plantation: Virtual Field Trip – YouTubehttps://youtu.be/p5qi3Meqy24Thanksgiving virtual field trip featuring Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoag, discussing their lives, their collaboration, and the first Thanksgiving.

Final Words

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