Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Activities by Fran W.

Thanksgiving - Connect to all the activities under this label to see a picture and begin reading the activity.

Three Sister Mat
An Introduction to the Three Sisters - Learn about the Three Sisters, companion planting and make a craft that features the sisters that can be used as a placemat or centerpiece.

Three Sisters: Corn - The first sister - Learn the Native American word for corn, link to corn related activities and instructions for a delicious homemade cornbread.

Colonial Pumpkin Pie
Three Sisters: Beans - The second sister - Bean experiments, recipe: Mixed Bean Soup, links to other bean related resources.

Three Sisters: Pumpkin - The third sister - Learn how colonists made pumpkin pie right in the shell, ideas for adding a modern twist topping, and pumpkin related resources.

Apple Research Project - Where are apples grown around the world and how? The resources on this page will answer these questions and others. Plus you will find experiments and a recipe for apple cider that tastes like warm apple pie in a glass!

Popcorn Project - How much fluffy popcorn can you get from a tablespoon of kernels or a 1/4 c? This project has learning suggestions, volume experiments, some fun ways to enjoy the final product and learning resources.

Turkey Cut-out
Fall Cut-Outs - Decorate your windows or walls with a Thanksgiving or Harvest theme.

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern 
A Brand New World - What would it be like to travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving? This activity offers guided questions to help you on your journey.

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern - Instructions for making a lantern with a Harvest or Thanksgiving theme. Makes a great centerpiece too!

Turkey Games and Activities
Turkey Game and Activities - Make a turkey container and play Thanksgiving related games with it. Template, instructions and suggestions include.

History of Thanksgiving - Make a Thanksgiving centerpiece of thanks, learn the history of the holiday and find links to Thanksgiving related resources.

Family Turkey Keepsake
The Mayflower - Learn about the Mayflower's journey, find Mayflower related resources and learn how to draw the Mayflower as a cartoon.

Wild Turkeys - Learn about wild turkeys, link to turkey resources and make a family turkey craft.

Balloon twist turkey - Learn how to make a turkey or a pumpkin with twist balloons. Scroll down to get to the activity.

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Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern by Fran W

Make a lantern for harvest time, fall, and/or Thanksgiving!

You will need...

A clean milk carton, construction paper, craft knife, scissor, tissue paper, construction paper, glue, chenille stem, hole punch, pencil, ruler, glow stick

Optional: Serrated knife, craft foam, any kind of stickers, push pin, craft supplies, battery-powered candle

What to do...

Apple Resources

Mixed Apples by Fran W.

General Information & Facts About Apples & Apple History

Vermont Apples

Washington Apples
Varieties of apples

Apples and More
University of Illinois - Apple facts

Nutritional Information about Apples

Whole Foods: Apples

Apple and Johnny Appleseed Crafts

Castle Resources

Bodiam Castle from Wikipedia

The following resources were put together to go with: 
Fran's World of Discovery: Castle Research Project

Castles Around the World

29 Gorgeous Castles Around the World


Website dedicated to castles. Site has information on over 500 castles, castle ruins, and other fortifications in Europe and beyond. 

A Brand New World

The Landing of the Pilgrims."(1877) by Henry A. Bacon
Can you imagine what it would be like to move to a new world that has none of the luxuries you're used to? 

When the pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower, in September, of 1620, nothing could have prepared them for the adventure they were about to embark on!

Today's spark is to imagine what your life would be like if you traveled back in time to America, during the 1600's and came back. 

Keep in mind that there are no stores or cities, there's no electricity, cars, power equipment, electronic technology such as televisions, computers, cell phones or telephones during this time period. Modern money is no good during this time period either.   

Here are some questions to help guide you through the activity if you feel that you need them:

Fall Cut-Outs

Fall Cut-Out by Fran W.

Fall cut-outs are a fun and creative way to accent a window or a wall.

To make a cut-out, you will need: 

Construction paper, a craft knife, pencil, tissue paper, glue and tape

What to do... 

Draw a picture on one side of your construction paper and use a craft knife to cut it out. Glue tissue paper on the same side. When the glue dries, hang it up! If you want, you can create a stained glass effect by layering other colors behind one color tissue paper, or use multiple colors to get a different look. 
Note of Warning: Child supervision may be needed when using a craft knife.

Use this activity for any season or holiday! Here are a couple of other suggestions for use:

Turkey Cut-out by Fran W.
Halloween Cut-out by Fran W.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Games and Activities

Thanksgiving Turkey Game Container by Fran W.
Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, asked me if I could come up with a Thanksgiving game for her and her family to enjoy. Not only did I come up with a turkey game container, I thought of a few other uses for it too!

To make this game container, you will need...

Veterans/Remembrance Day

Learn More...

Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Offers an interactive map telling you where parades and community celebrations can be found across the US for Veterans Day.

Wikipedia: Veterans Day
General info about the history of Veterans and Remembrance Day

Watch more videos and read about Veterans and Remembrance Day

Enchanted Learning: Veterans Day
Crafts and info about Veterans Day

Funschoooling & Recreational Learning: US Flag
Learn about the flags of the US and make an American Flag (picture above)

Don't forget to thank a Vet for their service!

Thank You for your service!

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Dolphins - Research Resource

Dolphin Photo by Fran W.
Dolphin Resources Across the Curriculum

Animal Planet: Dolphins
This site offers The Ultimate Guide to Dolphins a series of 9 videos that talk about echolocation, strandings, cousins and more.

Facts about Dolphins

Animals: About offers a series of facts about dolphin anatomy and family info.

National Geographic: Dolphins

Find out where dolphins can be found, listen to dolphin sounds, and get quick facts such as weight, size and life span.

Women's Suffrage - Research Resource

Women's Suffrage in the United States

Suffragists Parade Down 5th Ave., 1917

The Fight for Women's Rights
Articles and videos about the Women's Suffrage Movement.

Wikipedia: Women's Suffrage in the United States
Wikipedia offers a general overview of the Women's Suffrage Movement.

National Women's History Museum: Women's Suffrage

A long list of the women involved in the movement.

Teaching with Documents: Women's Suffrage and the 19th Amendment

Resolution proposing amendment, petitions and more. 

Our Documents: 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: 
Women's Right to Vote
See a copy of the original document.

Some Well Known Suffragists and Quick Resources: