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Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States and the second Monday in October in Canada. It is celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. For more facts on Thanksgiving, see the file below.
- Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
- By the fall of 1621 only half of the pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to give a thanksgiving feast. The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
- The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in the year 1621 and invited the neighbouring Wampanoag Indians also to the feast.
- The first Thanksgiving feast was held in the presence of around ninety Wampanoag and it lasted three days.
- President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.
- Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with Ladies’ Magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827. Due to her efforts, in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer.
- Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 3, 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. Before President Lincoln made this happen, each president used to make an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt restored Thursday before last of November as Thanksgiving Day in the year 1939. He did so to make the Christmas shopping season longer which would stimulate the economy.
- Congress passed an official proclamation in 1941 and declared that Thanksgiving would be observed as a legal holiday on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
- Traditional foods like turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie are served by many on Thanksgiving Day.
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use Thanksgiving worksheets that are perfect for students to learn about Thanksgiving Day which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States and the second Monday in October in Canada. It is celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.
Throughout the extensive worksheet pack there are multiple lesson resources and quizzes for students to practice their knowledge which can be used within the classroom or homeschooling environment.
Included Thanksgiving worksheets:
Students are challenged to cite the different proclamations issued by the American presidents about the official day of Thanksgiving prior to its ‘4th Thursday in November’ celebrations.
Students will tackle this Thanksgiving quiz in the form of a word search which students will complete using the knowledge gained from previous activities and quizzes.
My Thanksgiving Story
Writing tasks. Students must write about how they typically celebrate Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving quote decoding. Can your students decode the quotes by supplying the correct letter on each box?
Writing task. Many people celebrate Thanksgiving as a way of appreciating the blessings that they received and continuously receiving every year. Students must write about what they are thankful for.
Painting analysis and question answering.
Pardoning the Thanksgiving Turkey
Source analysis and question answering task.
Guess the word
Students must guess the word to complete the Thanksgiving poem.
Fact or Bluff
Students must Identify the statements if they’re factual or bluff by writing their corresponding numbers on the FACT or BLUFF box.
How did they do it?
Interview and writing task where students must interview family members and ask how they celebrated Thanksgiving.
After completing these worksheets students will be able to:
- Have a clear understanding about the history of Thanksgiving and its importance.
- Complete a number of quiz and fill in the blank activities to test their knowledge of the subject.
- Understand why we celebrate Thanksgiving and how it has been celebrated through the generations.
- Have a key understanding proclamations and presents through the years.
- Understand facts and fiction based upon studies.
- Have the ability to analyse a picture and answer a number of questions based upon that source.
- Understand chronology and timelines and use dates to plot time over the election period.
- Create stories, interview candidates & write persuasive essays. Multiple core literacy skills are worked on and are the foundation of this study worksheet pack.
These worksheets have been specifically designed for use with any international curriculum. If you need Thanksgiving worksheets for your classroom, you can use these worksheets as-is, or edit them using Google Slides to make them more specific to your own student ability levels and curriculum standards.