History of Thanksgiving: Free Printables and Unit Study Resources

History of Thanksgiving

During the week of Thanksgiving, my children and I usually take a break from our regular school subjects and study about the First Thanksgiving.  I try to make it fun and have everything we do revolve around Thanksgiving – worksheets, matching games, reading, and even science!

But having a Thanksgiving Week takes a little planning!

I’ve compiled a list of resources that I’m using in our homeschool to study that First Thanksgiving.  Hopefully you can use them in your own homeschool also.


Mama’s Free Worksheets on the History of Thanksgiving

This group of worksheets will be used in our own homeschool during the week of Thanksgiving.  Feel free to download it and use it in your own homeschool!

In this 12-page group of worksheets you’ll find:

  • Fill-in-the-blank with simple answers
  • Cut & Paste definitions (set of 5)
  • Writing Prompt Notebooking Page
  • Word Search (horizontal lines only)
  • Then and Now Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Thanksgiving History Mystery Code
  • Copywork Page of Lincoln’s Proclamation in 1863 (contains elementary lines and plain lines)

Click here to download History of Thanksgiving worksheets:

History Of Thanksgiving Unit Study


Children’s Books on the History of Thanksgiving

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We’ll read through several books during the week of Thanksgiving, including many of these:


More Thanksgiving Worksheets

If you’d like to download 13 more Pilgrim-themed worksheets for your 1st-3rd grader, members can hop over and print The Pilgrims at Plymouth Worksheet Packet.

13-page Pilgrims at Plymouth Worksheets - including definitions, word search, writing activities, map work, Pilgrim-themed math pages, and more! For 1st-3rd graders.

Videos on the History of Thanksgiving

While I’ve personally viewed each of these videos to determine if their content is appropriate, make sure you view them before your children to make sure they’re appropriate for your household.

(If you’re reading in a reader or via email, you’ll have to click through to view the videos.) 

Bet You Didn’t Know: Thanksgiving (from History.com)

The History of Thanksgiving from History.com:


History of Thanksgiving Pinterest Board

There are many great children’s books and online learning activities regarding the history of Thanksgiving.  I’ve created a Pinterest Board on the History of Thanksgiving so I can have a running list of resources.  Feel free to follow along!

Follow Lauren Hill’s board Thanksgiving History Study on Pinterest.




  1. Thank you, Lauren! Great stuff!

  2. These are great ideas! I’m so glad you sent me the link! :) What a blessing!

  3. Thank you for posting these! I didn’t want to totally take off Thanksgiving week.

  4. Thank you!

  5. You’ve put together a nice resource. I shared it with families of the Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network.

  6. Such a great resource! Thank you for sharing!


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