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Thanksgiving Lapbook

Updated on June 29, 2015

A History Unit Study

Take a break from your regular homeschool curriculum and have a Thanksgiving unit study.

History, culture, and food all come together in this holiday topic. Create a Thanksgiving lapbook to record what you learn. This page will direct you to great books to read and free resources for making a Thanksgiving lapbook or notebook project.

Pictures of Thanksgiving Lapbooks

Vintage Thanksgiving Postcard
Vintage Thanksgiving Postcard

Visit these blogs for photos and ideas for Thanksgiving lapbooks. (After you make yours and blog it, contact me for it to be added here.)

Pumpkin Prints made from a Potato Stamp
Pumpkin Prints made from a Potato Stamp

Reproducible Books about Thanksgiving

These titles from Scholastic and Evan Moor are reproducible, so they can be legally used over and over in your homeschool. Remember, if you make a 3D project that doesn't fit well into a lapbook or notebook, you can photograph it and include the picture instead.

Northeast Indians: Reproducible Models That Help Students Build Content Area Knowledge and Vocabulary and Learn About the Traditional Life of Native American Peoples (Easy Make & Learn Projects)
Northeast Indians: Reproducible Models That Help Students Build Content Area Knowledge and Vocabulary and Learn About the Traditional Life of Native American Peoples (Easy Make & Learn Projects)

This book delivers what it says. The projects are simple paper crafts that you create by simply photo copying the templates included, cutting out the pieces, and coloring & assembling them. The book also tells you how to use the craft to teach, so these projects are not mere busy work. The projects are easily adaptable to lapbooking and notebooking.

Theme Pockets - November
Theme Pockets - November

This November edition of Theme Pockets covers both Native Americans and Thanksgiving (as well as another study of the Food Pyramid).

This book is available for instant e-book download at CurrClick .

History Pockets: Native Americans, Grades 1-3
History Pockets: Native Americans, Grades 1-3

This book is available for instant e-book download at CurrClick .

History Pockets serve as mini unit studies with factual information as well as reproducible paper crafts and minibooks.

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Printables

Make things easy for yourself with these printables! Almost instant minibooks -- for free!

Vintage Fall Postcard
Vintage Fall Postcard

Shape Book Templates

To make shape books, simply make as many copies as you need, and staple them together.

An Entire Thanksgiving Unit Study

Amanda Bennett's Thanksgiving Study

includes 4 weeks of lower & upper level lesson plans.

Thanksgiving Copy Work and Notebooking

Assign some copywork or handwriting practice with these resources.

Thanksgiving Drawing

Draw things for your minibooks or lapbook cover. If you need help, use these links:

Learn how to draw a turkey.

Try your hand at drawing a Native American (face).

Draw Write Now, Book 3: Native Americans, North America, Pilgrims (Draw-Write-Now)
Draw Write Now, Book 3: Native Americans, North America, Pilgrims (Draw-Write-Now)

We have the entire Draw Write Now series. These are really fun, step by step drawing guides.

Owl Made from a Pinecone
Owl Made from a Pinecone


Choose some of these puzzles for your lapbook. You can laminate them and use a Vis-a-vis pen that can be washed off.

Turkey Craft
Turkey Craft

Paper Dolls

Making Friends has both Pilgrim paper dolls and Native American paper dolls. These are really adorable, complete with clothes and accessories.

Here is a Pilgrim woman paper doll.

Dress up this turkey paper doll by changing its colorful feathers.

Make a pocket to store your paperdolls in the lapbook.

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    • AdrianaZoder LM profile image

      AdrianaZoder LM 

      6 years ago

      Jimmie, thank you so much for putting this together. Here I am, two days before Thanksgiving, looking for projects to do with my children and you saved me so much time. :)

    • traveller27 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great pictures. Blessed by a travelling angel.

    • daphnedangerlov1 profile image


      8 years ago

      This is an awesome idea for my kids to do next week when they are home from school. I'd never heard of lapbooks for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing the idea and the resources.

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      8 years ago

      I love the pictures. The feathered turkey is cute!

    • iijuan12 profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      So many great ideas! Blessed and liked!

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      Ah, a bountiful Thanksgiving lens with plenty of activities and learning fun for kids. Blessed ...

    • JoyAgain profile image


      8 years ago

      A beautiful lens! I especially appreciate "The Other Perspective of Thanksgiving" segment as I am a Thanksgiving history teacher and reenactor (see my Squidoo profile for a number of lenses related to Thanksgiving :-). Thumbs up!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is certainly an excellent resource for anyone studying about Thanksgiving. I will be sharing this with some of my teacher friends.

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      9 years ago

      This lens is beautifully illustrated. Well done.

    • AHERMITT LM profile image


      9 years ago

      This is an awesome page, I linked to it in my blog

    • lemonsqueezy lm profile image

      lemonsqueezy lm 

      9 years ago

      Awesome. Lensrolling to my Creating a Thankful Tree lens. There are great ideas on here... even for those of us who aren't creating lapbooks.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving... Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you so much for all the hard work you did in gathering these resources for us to use!

      I pray you & yours have a blessed, happy Thanksgiving!

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      10 years ago from Massachusetts

      Excellent work, Squid Angel blessed!

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      Carol Goss 

      10 years ago

      Great lens. I am lensrolling to my free thanksgiving printables.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      Welcome to the Back to School Group Lensography.

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      10 years ago

      Just me again :)

    • totosmom profile image


      11 years ago

      Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and this lens is wonderful! thanks

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      11 years ago

      From one who has actually stood on the real Mayflower steps in England, - this is a bright, clear and motivating lens. faved!

    • bidzinger profile image


      11 years ago

      Very informative resources for homeschool parents! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! :)

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      Sara Duggan 

      11 years ago from California

      Great page Jimmie. I am really enjoying all your squidoo pages. You are very good at making them. Not sure if you listed this resource or not but I just came across it today - It is a unit study with questions, vocabulary as well as activities for the Thanksgiving on Thursday book.

      Also if you look on the very bottom of that site you'll find the MTH books studies. (many to choose from)

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      11 years ago from Canada

      I have always thought it would be fun to go back to school, your lens makes me want to do so again (at YOUR school!)


    • eclecticeducati1 profile image


      11 years ago

      Thanks for including my blog in this, I am getting so much traffic! :) 5* (of course!)

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      11 years ago

      Excellent home-school resource lens =]

    • VSP profile image


      11 years ago

      What an excellent resource. I'll be forwarding this link to the mom's in my homeschool group.

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      11 years ago

      As usual just what I was looking for this month! Excellent resources and links.

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      11 years ago

      My wife uses lapbooks to help teach our kids a wide range of subjects. This is great information. I will share it with her.

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      11 years ago

      What a nice lens!

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      11 years ago from Royalton

      The Turkey Time Turkeys stopped by to check out your lens and had a gobbling good time. They especially liked the way your organize your Unit Study information in Lapbooks.

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      SJMurphy LM 

      11 years ago

      Thank you so much for all the Thanksgiving resources! You've done such a super job at pulling it ALL together. Your lenses are always such a help to our homeschool. Thanks so much for all your hard work. :)

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      11 years ago

      Hi Jimmie...what a super lens for home schoolers. Most of my great-nieces and great-nephews were/are home schooled over the last 18 years. I was able to help them some in US History. I'll be sure to show your Lens to them! 5* for you & my faves! Great images too. :-)

    • LilliputStation profile image


      12 years ago

      Great job, Jimmie! We are already working on a Thanksgiving lapbook using a combination of HOAC Pilgrims lapbook

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      12 years ago

      Hi Jimmie, This is yet another awesome lens! I haven't created my first lapbook yet, but you keep me inspired. This is a new concept for me, and I'm trying to decide where to begin! I'll send you the link when I finish my Thanksgiving book...thanks for the motivation!

      Connie...aka Squid Angel : )

    • groovyoldlady profile image


      12 years ago

      This is AWESOME! The girlies and I are definitely going to make a Thanksgiving lapbook this month!


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