Time for turkey! Explore the origin and activities associated with Thanksgiving with these tasty themed worksheets!

What is Thanksgiving? There are many celebrations and holidays that are celebrated around the year in the U.S. But there is nothing more American than the Thanksgiving holiday! We celebrate it each year, but have you given a thought as to why we do? Let's get a clearer of the holiday together! Thanksgiving is a federal holiday that is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving holiday is being celebrated annually on and off since 1789. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated for the harvest and blessings of the past year. Thanksgiving was first observed in 1621 on a harvest feast that was shared by the English Colonists of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. In the United States, there are lots of traditions followed on Thanksgiving Day. People gather together and share meals together. A typical meal comprises turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pies. A Thanksgiving Day parade is also held every year in remembrance of the Thanksgiving celebrations.

You will find Thanksgiving worksheets that contain a number of different activities using a dedicated set of vocabulary words related to the Thanksgiving celebration, including word search, fill in the blanks, scrambled words, word wall flash cards, acrostic poems, crossword puzzles, and more. The collection also includes six different packs of Bingo cards, which can be used during discussions of the topics. Last but not least, a KWHL (know, what, how, learn) diagram is included to help students pick a topic to explore in more depth. Abraham Lincoln is actually credited as the founder of this National holiday. Last 1/3 of billion of turkeys gave their life for this holiday. Even if they were set free, they don't have a great chance of getting away because they can't fly and they are super slow.

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Why do we Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?

This historic feast lasted three days and the main food items are recorded as being lobster, salted fish, smoked meats (similar to Beef Jerky) and freshly caught wild game. A variety of other freshly harvested vegetables were served as well.

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Why do we Eat Turkey - Multiple Choice Questions

Historians determined that turkey became a staple at modern Thanksgiving feasts because they were likely to have been eaten at the first celebration in 1621.

Why do we Eat Turkey - Short Answer Questions

Why would a President decide to "officially pardon" a turkey on Thanksgiving? Is this a joke or is there a more developed reason behind this decision?

Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

The Thanksgiving Holiday is essentially an ode to an instrumental piece of our early American heritage that reminds us to find gratitude in things big and small.

Celebrate Thanksgiving - Multiple Choice Questions

In the New World, early American settlers and Pilgrims had many differences that set them apart. Perhaps the largest difference was the religious belief that each group had.

Celebrate Thanksgiving - Short Answer Questions

As recounts of the historical Thanksgiving made its way to the future, many Presidents began to recognize this event and had Thanksgiving feasts planned during different times of the autumn season.

What is Black Friday?

This is a day that is notorious for deep discounts, sales and special promotions made by stores, in order to try and boost sales and entice customers to shop at their store. S

Black Friday - Multiple Choice Questions

Originally, it was used to discuss a financial crisis that occurred in 1869. During the first Macy’s Parade in 1924, the term resurfaced again as parade hosts began advertising specials and sales that would be offered the following day.

Black Friday - Short Answer Questions

In recent years it has ranked anywhere from the 5th to the 1st busiest shopping day of the entire year, allowing marketers to turn large profits and kick off the holiday shopping season!

Have You Ever Heard of Cyber Monday? - Reading Worksheet

This is the time when many consumers begin using on-line retailers to do their holiday shopping and like black Friday are offered drastic discounts and promotions for shopping on this day.

Cyber Monday? - Multiple Choice

The theory behind Cyber Monday is that since most people would be returning home from Thanksgiving vacations and going back to work that they would begin doing their holiday shopping using the Internet.

Cyber Monday? - Short Answers

Many people have come to criticize the use of this term and there have been several anti-consumerists who have attempted to barrage cyber Monday with boycotts.

Why is Thanksgiving Always on a Thursday? - Reading Worksheet

The fact that Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday is very convenient for many people. This ensures that students and people who work get an extra long weekend because they are usually off on Friday following Thanksgiving as well.

Always on a Thursday - Multiple Choice Questions

The truth is that before 1863, Thanksgiving was celebrated on whichever day the President decided it should be. Georgia Washington declared a feast of Thanksgiving in 1789 and every year Presidents thereafter followed suit.

How did Thanksgiving Become Synonymous with Parades - Reading Worksheet

What occurred between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians in 1621 was not called Thanksgiving. In fact, they referred to it as more of a harvest festival and there were certainly no parades like the ones we have come to know in modern times.

Synonymous with Parades - Multiple Choice Questions

Throughout the 1930’s, the tradition of parading on Thanksgiving grew, although some things changed. Live animals were replaced with the impressive helium balloons as a concern for safety to the bystanders, and character balloons were introduced.

Synonymous with Parades - Short Answer Questions

During World War II there was not much celebrating going on and using extra helium and rubber for something frugal like parade creation was strongly discouraged.

Who Were the Pilgrims?

Many people think that pilgrims are any of the people who traveled on the Mayflower ending up at Plymouth Rock back in 1620.

Who Were the Pilgrims? - Multiple Choice Questions

When the English colonists decided to flee England, they were not all chasing the same goals. Some were indeed seeking religious freedom while a great many others were seeking to better their quality of life.

Who Were the Pilgrims? - Short Answer Questions

The Pilgrims were in fact a multi faceted group of individuals. A great many of them were unhappy with the religious practices set forth under King James and envisioned a church community that was more relevant to early Bible teachings.

Fun Facts - Reading Passage

Turkeys might taste good on the festive table- but they aren't the brightest birds in the world.

Fun Facts - Multiple Choice Questions

Pilgrim outfits often consist of big, bold black buckles on their shoes, trousers and dresses. This is actually a marketing accessory that was added to their persona many years ago!

Fun Facts - Short Answer Questions

Over 650 million pounds of turkey are eaten in the United States on Thanksgiving Day alone!

Why Did The Pilgrims Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Native Americans?

A great reading comprehension passage for students.

Celebrate Together - Multiple Choice Questions

The Indians taught the New settlers how to forage for food and crops, smoke meats to keep them fresh and edible as well as preserve the food sources after harvesting.

Celebrate Together - Short Answer Questions

Governor William Bradford was the leader of the Pilgrims. As a way to show gratitude and celebrate the amicable relationship they had ensued with the Indians, he invited the Indian Chief named Massasoit and just under a hundred Indians to the celebratory feast.

How did the First Thanksgiving Differ from Modern Thanksgiving? - Reading

In fact sweet potatoes, yams, cranberries and pumpkins were not even part of the Indian diet at the time and the only corn they grew was only good for grounding into meal.

The First Thanksgiving - Multiple Choice Questions

The original feast started out as a fast. For three days the Indians and the early Colonists fasted in order to pick the autumn harvest and prepare their foods for storage.

The First Thanksgiving - Short Answer Questions

Today Thanksgiving is often about socializing and getting together with friends and family.

Facts and Myths

Use the Internet to determine whether the following statements are facts or myths about Thanksgiving. For those that are myths, write a correct statement about topic related to Thanksgiving.

Alphabetic Order

Start the spelling activity with November related vocabulary words.

Visual Crossword

Most kids have no idea what cranberry juice is.


We share stories of Thanksgiving well.


Help the hunters find their way to the turkey.

Missing Letters

Find that missing letter.

Harvest Writing Paper

Perfect for that time of year.

Gobble, Gobble Paper

I think the turkey is in the middle of eating here.

Visual Addition

Add up all the March themed turkeys you can.

Thanksgiving Word Chop

An awesome activity to stimulate spelling.

Word Scramble

Many kids have no idea what #6 is. Do you?

Word Search

Cranberries are hard to find on here.

Word Wall

Who doesn't need more time with this vocabulary.

Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

All related to Turkey Day.

Word Problems - Multiplication and Division

We go after quotient and products here.

Stuff That Turkey! Letter Fills

One letter will get those done.

Mayflower Maze

Find a path for the Mayflower to the New World.

Pilgrim Maze

Lead the pilgrims to the Thanksgiving festival.

Thanksgiving Feast

The Thanksgiving meal is one of the favorite events for most people during this holiday. Describe what you like best about the Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving and Football

One of the traditions of Thanksgiving is watching football on television. Describe the traditions you have during Thanksgiving.

Time for Reflection: Haiku

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the good things in your life and share this with family and friends. Write a haiku about Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims

The origin of Thanksgiving in America was when the pilgrims invited the local Native Americans to participate in the harvest festival. Write an essay about what it would have been like to be at the festival.

Spelling for Turkey Day

Circle all the words that are spelled correctly.

Bingo Card #1

Vocabulary words: autumn treaty cornucopia parade grateful

Bingo Card #2

Vocabulary words: turkey feast stuffing Mayflower sage

Bingo Card #3

Vocabulary words: bounty Pilgrim Free Space puritan cranberry

Bingo Card #4

Vocabulary words: settler gobble voyage maize wattle

Bingo Card #5

Vocabulary words: gravy yams thanks harvest giblet

Bingo Card #6

The last pass for the bingo series.

Feast Poem

"F" should be family.

Thanksgiving Poem

The "V" always stumps them.

Turkey Poem

Surprisingly the "Y" is usually pretty easy for them.