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

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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Reading Worksheet

Why do we Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving? Worksheet

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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Multiple Choice Questions Worksheet

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.

Short Answer Questions Worksheet

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 Reading Worksheet

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 Worksheet

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.

Short Answer Questions Worksheet

Short Answer Questions Worksheet

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.

Reading Worksheet

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

Multiple Choice Worksheet

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.

Short Answer Questions Worksheet

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!

Cyber Monday Reading Worksheet

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.

Multiple Choice Worksheet

Multiple Choice Worksheet

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.

Short Answer Worksheet

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.

Reading Worksheet

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.

Thursday Worksheet

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.

Synonymous with Parades Worksheet

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.

Multiple Choice Worksheet

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.

Short Answer Question Worksheet

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.

Pilgrims Worksheet

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.

Multiple Choice Worksheet

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 Worksheet

Who Were the Pilgrims? - Short Answers

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 Worksheet

Fun Facts - Reading Passage

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

Multiple Choice Worksheet

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!

Short Answer Worksheet

Fun Facts - Short Answer Questions

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

Why Celebrate Reading Worksheet

Why Did The Pilgrims Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Native Americans?

A great reading comprehension passage for students.

Together Worksheet

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.

Short Answer Worksheet

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.

Reading Worksheet

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.

First Thanksgiving Worksheet

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.

Thanksgiving Worksheet

The First Thanksgiving - Short Answer Questions

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

Facts and Myths Worksheet

Facts and Myths Reading

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 Worksheet

Alphabetic Order

Start the spelling activity with November related vocabulary words.

Crossword Worksheet

Visual Crossword

Most kids have no idea what cranberry juice is.

KWHL Worksheet

KWHL

We share stories of Thanksgiving well.

Maze Worksheet

Maze

Help the hunters find their way to the turkey.

Missing Letters Worksheet

Missing Letters

Find that missing letter.

Writing Paper

Harvest Writing Paper

Perfect for that time of year.

Gobble, Gobble Paper

Gobble, Gobble Paper

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

Addition Worksheet

Visual Addition Worksheet

Add up all the March themed turkeys you can.

Word Chop Worksheet

Word Chop Worksheet

An awesome activity to stimulate spelling.

Word Scramble Worksheet

Word Scramble

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

Word Search Worksheet

Word Search

Cranberries are hard to find on here.

Printable Word Wall

Word Wall

Who doesn't need more time with this vocabulary.

Word Problems Worksheet

Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

All related to Turkey Day.

Multiplication and Division Worksheet

Word Problems - Multiplication and Division

We go after quotient and products here.

Letter Fills Worksheet

Stuff That Turkey! Letter Fills

One letter will get those done.

Mayflower Maze Worksheet

Mayflower Maze

Find a path for the Mayflower to the New World.

Pilgrim Maze Worksheet

Pilgrim Maze

Lead the pilgrims to the Thanksgiving festival.

Feast Worksheet

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.

 Worksheet

Thanksgiving and Football

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

Haiku Poem Worksheet

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.

Pilgrims Worksheet

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 Worksheet

Spelling for Turkey Day

Circle all the words that are spelled correctly.

Bingo Card

Bingo Card #1

Vocabulary words: autumn treaty cornucopia parade grateful

 Bingo Card

Bingo Card #2

Vocabulary words: turkey feast stuffing Mayflower sage

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Bingo Card #3

Vocabulary words: bounty Pilgrim Free Space puritan cranberry

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Bingo Card #4

Vocabulary words: settler gobble voyage maize wattle

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Bingo Card #5

Vocabulary words: gravy yams thanks harvest giblet

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Bingo Card #6

The last pass for the bingo series.

Feast Poem Worksheet

Feast Poem

"F" should be family.

Poem Writing Worksheet

Poem Writing

The "V" always stumps them.

 Worksheet

Turkey Poem

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

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.

The History Behind Thanksgiving

There's a good reason why Thanksgiving is the second-most-favorite holiday in the United States after Christmas. Before you even think of searching for "when is Thanksgiving in 2022," take some time to understand the holiday's historical origins. Yes, you may still gather with your loved ones to express your gratitude. However, it is critical to know what you're celebrating and unlearn certain long-held assumptions. So, ready to uncover the history of Thanksgiving? Read on.

How It All Started

The diary of William Bradford, the first governor of Plymouth, contains most of the information we have regarding the early American immigrants. On the Mayflower, the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock in 1620, where they formed a colony and started farming. They were blessed with a plentiful crop the following year and decided to commemorate the occasion with a three-day festival.

A meeting between the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and members of the Wampanoag tribe occurred around this period. However, the Native Americans were not invited as distinguished guests. Many historians now believe that Wampanoag warriors were alerted to the whereabouts of Pilgrim colonies by celebratory gunfire and yelling.
In response to the Wampanoag's belief that they were under assault and following a diplomatic covenant of mutual defense with the Pilgrims, Wampanoag sent 90 troops to the settlers' assistance.

Modern-Day Era

In 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation designating November 25th as National Thanksgiving Day, with no reference to the 1621 celebration. Now you may wonder, if Indigenous people and Pilgrims could sit down to a feast and celebrate with each other, then why can't modern-day Americans do the same?

In 1863, after a successful effort to promote this theme, Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in honor of the harvest. There were fictitious depictions of benevolent Pilgrims eating amicably with Indigenous tribe members in paintings, plays, and writings that started to appear. As we know it, Thanksgiving origin myths that have been meticulously revised yet incomplete distort history, the celebration, and the devastating consequences of colonialism.

What's With the Turkey?

Most individuals didn't learn this in primary school, but the Pilgrims were likely eating more wildfowl at the first Thanksgiving celebration—more like goose or duck, but definitely not turkey. So, if the turkey wasn't served at the first Thanksgiving and was on the verge of becoming America's national bird, how did it come to grace every family's Thanksgiving table over time?

One story holds that Queen Elizabeth ate roasted goose during a harvest celebration. In fact, the queen was so delighted when she learned that the Spanish Armada had sunk while on route to attack England that she ordered a second goose to commemorate the occasion. As a result, the goose became the most popular bird to eat during the harvest season in England. Later, roast turkey supplanted roast goose as the season's official festival dish.

Even after all these years, people of the United States still adhere to the fantasy account of how the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated their first encounter in 1621. The more tragic legacy of the early 17th century is obscured by today's Thanksgiving, which is marked by schoolchildren's construction of paper turkeys, family turkey dinner, and a story of companionship and collaboration between the colonists and Native Americans.
Now that you know the complicated history of Thanksgiving, there are things you can do to celebrate the occasion in a meaningful manner while still respecting and honoring Native Americans. Additionally, you may create new traditions with your family and friends.