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Free Thanksgiving Unit Studies

by | Oct 28, 2019 | curriculum, holidays | 0 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.

Turkey Talk: Unit Study on the Science of Turkeys

Talking Mom 2 Mom created this short downloadable unit, which includes facts about turkeys, a writing assignment, and a turkey craft. This unit could be completed in one day and is intended for ages 5 to 10.

A History of Thankfulness: A Unit Study on the History & Traditions of Thanksgiving

This unit, also provided by Talking Mom 2 Mom, teaches about Thanksgiving history and traditions. The unit download has four days of lessons. Each lesson includes historical facts, discussion questions, and a craft or activity. The unit is designed for ages 5 to 10.

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.


Free thanksgiving unit studies


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


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