BrainPOP and BrainPOP, Jr.
These are my old reliables and I really enjoy both of their versions of the Thanksgiving story. While they do cover the traditional tale we all know, they also explore the unfair treatment of the Wampanoags in a way that is very age-appropriate. I know this holiday can bring up some sugar-coated versions of the story, but I feel that these videos do a good job of balancing it out in a way that can generate some powerful discussion in class. Both versions are suitable for third graders, in my opinion, and I like to show both!
For the BrainPOP version, click HERE. For BrainPOP, Jr., click HERE. Be sure to check out the vocabulary and lesson plans provided with both. These are paid subscriptions, but we have a license though our district and the BrainPOP, Jr. version is currently free for a limited amount of time!
Scholastic's The First Thanksgiving
I find Scholastic's materials very age-appropriate and engaging for my third graders! This site holds TONS of relevant information and photographs reenacting the cultures of the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims. Everything from daily life to the first Thanksgiving are covered and there's the opportunity to hear the typed sections read aloud--- the perfect choice for Listen to Reading in your classroom! Be sure to check out the videos and slideshows as well!
To delve into this great site, click HERE.
Thanksgiving Mad Libs
There are two sites that can help build on parts of speech practice and generate some laughs at the same time! National Geographic and Wacky Web Tales both have funny versions that are highly engaging for kids and are great partner activities. They will need to be familiar with some basic parts of speech and can replay several times to generate the most silly story they can.
To find the National Geographic Funny Fill-In, click HERE. For Wacky Web Tales, click HERE.
ABCya.com Crossword & Word Search
Always popular in our class are the crosswords and word searches! I find my kids getting more and more into crossword puzzles these days and these quick activities are fun and engaging, and also a great way to help them work on their spelling!
For the Crossword Puzzle, click HERE. For the Word Search, click HERE.
I hope your class enjoys these resources as much as my kids do each year!
If you're looking for some additional resources, be sure to check out my Thanksgiving resources in my TpT Store!
My newest addition is my Thanksgiving Brain Breaks. These ten breaks are quick and easy ways to break up long parts of your day, transition in a fun way, and even build community with little to no prep! Find out more info by clicking the cover below:
Have a wonderful start to your November!
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