Tech Tip Tuesday … Thanksgiving Resources

Crisp morning air, colorful leaves falling from the tree, students and teachers skipping through the halls … yep, it’s nearly Thanksgiving!
If you’re looking for some great Thanksgiving sites or activities to share with your class this week, today is your lucky day! I’ve listed many of the educational Thanksgiving sites I’ve seen. If you know of other great resources, please comment below!
The First Thanksgiving (from Scholastic) is amazing! There are several short video clips and still images from the Plimoth Plantation. (This isn’t a misspelling – this modern day museum chose to spelling Plimoth the way many did in the 1700’s.) You’ll find the following topics on this site:
  • Voyage on the Mayflower – learn what it was like to live and work on a 17th-century sailing vessel – take the journey and tour the ship
  • Daily Life – compare and contrast the housing, clothes, food, chores, schooling, and games of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags
  • The Thanksgiving Feast – see a slide show and participate in the Webquest where students can learn about the history of the Thanksgiving Feasts – not exactly the turkey and dressing most of us are anticipating next week!
  • Teaching Resources – be sure to check these out! You will find lesson plans, Readers Theater scripts and read-along stories, all of the multimedia resources (short Plimoth Plantation videos, slide shows of the Plantation, etc.)  You will also find craft ideas, Thanksgiving printables, and clip art.
WAIT, that’s not all ….
BrainPOP Jr. has a great Thanksgiving that your students will love – check it out! Annie and Mobi share lots of facts about the Pilgrims, the Wampanoag, and the first harvest feast.
Don’t forget that we already have a district subscription to BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr., and BrainPOP Espanol. When you click to watch the video, select “log in”.  If you don’t know the usernames and passwords, check with your CTI or email me!

Let’s Say Thanks is a website that allows anyone – students, teachers, administrators, parents, anyone! – to send messages of thanks to our troops serving around the world. 

Scroll through lots and lots of hand-drawn post cards, choose your saying, and submit – it’s easy as that! Be sure to check out the Photo Gallery where you will find pictures of our troops receiving the post cards. Your students may even want to do this at home with their families too!

If you liked any of these resources or know of others, please leave a comment! Happy Thanksgiving to you all! 
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