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Free Thanksgiving Unit Studies

by | Oct 6, 2020 | curriculum, holidays | 2 comments

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! If you’re looking for ideas for a Thanksgiving unit study, we’ve got you covered. Some of the unit studies listed below will only take a day or two to complete, while others have enough ideas to last a month.

Thanksgiving Unit Studies

You may enjoy combining ideas from several of these unit studies to create your own customized Thanksgiving unit.

Thanksgiving: An Easy Homeschool Lesson Plan for Slackers

The Iron Heart Mama created this simple lesson plan for busy parents who don’t have a lot of time to plan lessons and gather a bunch of materials. The lesson plan recommends books, videos, and free printables. I would recommend this lesson plan for elementary-aged children.

Thanksgiving Resources for Your Homeschool

Table Life Blog shares numerous resources for learning about Thanksgiving. Some will last a couple of days, while others can be used throughout the entire month of November. There are book recommendations, TV shows and documentaries, art projects, notebooking pages, and more. These resources should work with a wide range of ages.

Pilgrims Unit Study

In All You Do is offering this 29-page downloadable unit study. While it is intended for 1st through 5th grade, some of the exercises could be adjusted to include younger children. The unit contains activities in social studies, geography, math, science, language arts, and arts.

Pilgrims and The Mayflower Mini-Unit Study (Part 1)

Faith & Good Works created this unit study, which should last about two weeks. There are reading assignments covering the Mayflower Compact, the Pilgrims’ voyage on the Mayflower, and what the Pilgrims brought with them. There are also links to videos about the Mayflower. This unit study can be used with a wide range of ages.

Pilgrims and The Mayflower Mini-Unit Study (Part 2)

This page is a continuation of the Pilgrims and The Mayflower Mini-Unit Study (Part 1) above. It includes free resources your child can use to record what they have learned about the Mayflower and Pilgrims. There are notebooking pages, timeline resources, and coloring sheets.

Cultivating Thankful Hearts: A Unit Study on Thankfulness

Blessed Beyond a Doubt created this unit study to teach thankfulness from a Biblical perspective. The author’s goal is that this unit will help your family prepare your hearts for the Thanksgiving holiday. The unit includes a lesson plan, memory verses, scripture copywork, activities, prompts for further study, and more. The unit is designed for children ages four through ten.

The History of Thanksgiving

This article about the history of Thanksgiving from Hess Un-Academy includes several ideas for planning a Thanksgiving Unit Study. The ideas include Native American recipes, STEM activities, ways to focus on gratitude, book suggestions, and Thanksgiving-themed spelling words. These ideas can be used with a wide range of ages.

Thanksgiving Unit Study and Printables

This four-day unit study from Meet Penny covers Thanksgiving’s history, Pilgrims, Native Americans, turkeys, and giving thanks to God. The lesson plan includes links to many Thanksgiving videos, crafts, and recipes. There is also a printable Thanksgiving book and other printable activities and worksheets. This unit study is designed for elementary aged children.

Thanksgiving Week Homeschool Activities

Homeschool Helper Online provides enough Thanksgiving-related activities to last at least a week. There’s a downloadable Thanksgiving lapbook, a turkey nature study, an invisible ink science activity using cranberries, a pumpkin pie math lesson on fractions, writing prompts, and more. Most of the activities are aimed at elementary aged children, but some may also be a good fit for middle schoolers.

Happy Thanksgiving: Lesson Plans and Activities

Education World offers a large selection of Thanksgiving lesson plans and activities, which could be used to create a unit study.  Some of the topics covered include the first Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, and Native Americans. The lessons incorporate each school subject using projects, crafts, writing assignments, and more. There are lessons available for all ages.

The First Thanksgiving

Scholastic’s lesson plans cover the history of Thanksgiving, The Mayflower, Wampanoag culture, colonial life, and more.  Each unit plan includes a teaching guide, activities, printable handouts, and a recommended book list. There are plans available for Pre-K through 8th grade.

Mega List of Thanksgiving Unit Study Ideas

The Unlikely Homeschool compiled this list of ideas and resources you can use to put together a unit study on Thanksgiving. There are book suggestions, links to videos, notebooking pages, Bible verses, hymns, historically accurate recipes, art projects, and more. These ideas can be used with a wide range of ages.

Thanksgiving Printables

Year Round Homeschooling offers several sets of printable Thanksgiving learning packs and activity pages that would make a great addition to any of the unit studies listed on this page. The printable sets include writing prompts, recipe cards, coloring sheets, math practice, word searches, and more. There are sets available for preschool, elementary, and middle school.

Free Thanksgiving Unit Studies



I hope your family enjoys learning about Thanksgiving with these resources! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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