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
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.)
- Hearts for His Glory Blog
Photos and a list of resources for their lapbook.The Cooper family used the Hands of a Child Thanksgiving project pack as the foundation of their lapbook.
- Just Call Me Jamin! Blog
Jamin used the Knowledge Box Central lapbooking kit for her Thanksgiving lapbook.
- LaPaz Home Learning
Although this blogger says her children's product is not a lapbook, it sure looks similar to one. You're sure to get some ideas from her pictures. Be sure to look for how they made the corn!
- 1+1+1=1 Blog
These homeschoolers made a Fall Lapbook. Several links for resources are included.
- Musings of the Dings
Lois and her son created a lapbook based on the links and ideas here on this lens!
- I Choose Joy
This blog entry not only gives nice photographs of a Thanksgiving lapbook but also offers some very fascinating facts!
- Thanksgiving Lapbook by Zippy (age 8)
Almost 30 pictures to browse in this Flickr set.
- Thanksgiving Lapbook by JDBoy (age 5)
Seventeen more lapbook pics. This is Zippy's brother.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Make things easy for yourself with these printables! Almost instant minibooks -- for free!
- FREE Lapbook Kit
Look for the Thanksgiving Interactive Notebook free download!
- Minibook about Thanksgiving
Very simple minibook with images and short sentences. This is appropriate for preK-K.
- Thankful Minibook
With this blank minibook, you can write or draw what you are thankful for.
- Pumpkin Minibook
Look for the links to the pumpkin book. Each page is a separate PDF. It has black and white images to color and some measuring activities to do.
- Thanksgiving Minibooks
Two minibooks are in this PDF -- one is about colors and the other is about things I am thankful for. Appropriate for preK-K.
- ABC Teach Thanksgiving Themed Printables
Look through this long list to find something that works for you: coloring pages, memory games, comprehension sheets, postcards, shapebooks, and more.
- The First Thanksgiving Minibook
Facts about the first Thanksgiving are featured in this attractive mini-book. For grades 2-4.
- How Does a Pumpkin Grow
Cut out these cards to make a sequence set, or assemble them as pages into a mini-book. This PDF starts from a seed and goes to pumpkin pie!
- Thanksgiving Lesson Plan
Read through this lesson plan for the links to several printables -- Mayflower, Pilgrim home, and a Thanksgiving minibook.
- Thanksgiving Flashcards
Thanksgiving related images laid out in flashcard format in three sizes -- small, medium, and large. Make a memory game or traditional vocabulary flashcards.
- Turkey Blessings Printable
This big printable is from Hold That Thought. The turkey's body is composed of a list of your blessings.
- Thanksgiving from the NWT Literacy Council
An entire booklet of printables -- puzzles, turkey craft, counting page, a maze, and a grateful page.
- Life Cycle of the Pumpkin
Full color cards -- seed, seedling, vine, flower, green pumpkin, ripe pumpkin.
- Thanksgiving Minibook Templates
Graphics for a cover to a lapbook and other full color minibook templates to print and cut out: landing at Plymouth Rock, The First Thanksgiving, Turkeys, My Thankful List, and more.
Shape Book Templates
To make shape books, simply make as many copies as you need, and staple them together.
- Pumpkin, Turkey, and Leaf Shape Books
These are my favorite shape book patterns because Teacher View offers two options of each one -- a cover and a lined version. Perfect for minibooks! Look for the pumpkin, the leaf, and the turkey.
- Turkey Shape Book
A very attractive profile of a turkey with a lot of empty space for drawing or writing.
- Ship Shape Book
This book is in a circle shape. Cut more blank circles for the pages of the book.
- Pilgrim Shape Book
This realistic drawing of a pilgrim is in a circle shape.
- Scroll Shape Pattern
This scroll has a traditional Pilgrim hat at the corner.
- Pilgrim and Indian Boy and Girl
These coloring pages would actually make great shape book patterns. Shapes include: Pilgrim Boy and Girl Native American Boy and Girl
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 Poems
A selection of several poems suitable for copywork. Also visit this site's jokes page and their prayers page for other copywork options.
- Thanksgiving Lined Manuscript Paper
A full color turkey graphic and the title Thanksgiving with manuscript lines.
- Fall Themed Lined Notebooking Page
Regular lined paper with a color graphic in the bottom right -- corn stalks, pumpkins, and squash.
- Indian Boots Notebooking Page
Manuscript lines with cute Native American moccasins at the bottom.
- Thanksgiving Stationery
Three choices in notebooking paper, each with a color image at top of lines
- Turkey Border Paper
Four turkeys adorn the corners of this landscape, lined page.
- Free Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages
Lynn at Eclectic Education offers a free PDF with notebooking pages!
- Thanksgiving Copywork or Notebooking Pages
Evidence of Gentleness blog offers four freebies! Each has a simple Thanksgiving related graphic, a Scripture at the top, and lines. Passages include Philippians 4:6, Psalm 69:30, Psalm 100:4, and Colossians 4:2. But wait! There's more! She has four
- Pawpaw Holler Home: Free Notebooking Pages
Three sets of notebooking pages : a 6 page set of the Pilgrims in regular and wide ruled, and a 4 page set of nature journaling/notebooking pages a fall leaf design.
We have the entire Draw Write Now series. These are really fun, step by step drawing guides.
Thanksgiving Clipart, Images, and Art
- Karen Whimsey
Look for these categories -- Thanksgiving, Native Americans, and Fall. All of these images are in the public domain and free for any use.
- FL Educational Technology Clearinghouse
Search for whatever Thanksgiving related item you want -- Indian, Pilgrim, pumpkin, turkey, corn, harvest, etc. Each graphic comes in three sizes and in gif format. (To convert the image into a JPEG for better printing quality use this online convert
- Autumn Clipart
Look for Autumn in this list to reach a PDF with simple line drawings of leaves, acorns, a pumpkin, a bushel of apples, and a cricket.
- Antique Thanksgiving Postcards
The images from old postcards have been used to make free printable placecards. Here's an idea -- make placecards for people present at the First Thanksgiving celebration. Inside the card, write facts about him or her.
- Thanksgiving and Pilgrim Paintings
Add a bit of art study to your Thanksgiving study with these links to fine art.
Other Thanksgiving Ideas
Choose some of these puzzles for your lapbook. You can laminate them and use a Vis-a-vis pen that can be washed off.
- Thanksgiving Word Puzzles
An easy and a hard version of two types of puzzles -- word search and word scramble.
- Crossword Puzzle
A fairly easy crossword with clues at the bottom.
- Printable Jigsaw Puzzles
Several choices in color or black and white. Laminate for greater durability. Store the pieces in a pocket or envelope attached to the lapbook.
- Turkey Tic-tac-toe
A tic-tac-toe grid on a turkey's body. Make your own Thanksgiving themed counters for an adorable lapbook game.
- Paper Dolls for Thanksgiving
Eddie and Amy are free paper dolls to print and play with! Look for Pilgrim and Indian costumes on this page!
Ideas for the Cover of your Lapbook
- Cornucopia Patterns
Create a beautiful cornucopia overflowing with harvest fruits and vegetables.
- Thanksgiving Day
A lovely portait coloring page with a turkey, a tree, a bushel of apples, and pumpkins.
- Thanksgiving Sheet
This page has a cute Pilgrim and a Native American smiling at each other. At the top is the word Thanksgiving.
- Pilgrim and Indian Friendship
A very nice image to symbolize the partnership of the two peoples on that first Thanksgiving.
- Dr. Pat's Pilgrim Coloring Book
These are very realistic and detailed images -- turkey, cornucopia, Miles Standish, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, Plymouth Colony, etc.