This year, the nation will celebrate Thanksgiving on November 28th. Bring holiday spirit to your class with these helpful teaching tools. Here are our top 10 Thanksgiving resources to use in your classroom:
November 8, 2013
Looking for lesson plan ideas to celebrate Veterans Day and Thanksgiving in your classroom? Look no further—our November newsletter has lots of suggestions on how you can incorporate American stories, speeches, and songs in your curriculum. Check out the newsletter after the jump.
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November 21, 2012
Yesterday, we wrote about Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s short story “A New Pioneer,” which tells the tale of a young Jewish immigrant, Magda, who is celebrating her first Thanksgiving. Today, we’d like to highlight another immigrant’s relationship with this distinctly American holiday: Ana Menéndez’s short essay “Celebrations of Thanksgiving: Cuban Seasonings.” The story is also found in our ebook “The Meaning of Thanksgiving,” available in full here.
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November 20, 2012
As we continue to prepare for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, today we bring you another selection from our ebook, “The Meaning of Thanksgiving”: Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s short story “A New Pioneer.” The story is written for and about young schoolchildren, and is a great story to use with children to discuss the meaning of Thanksgiving—and the meaning of America. In the story, Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879–1958)—American author, education reformer, … Read more »
November 19, 2012
The first national Thanksgiving authorized by the federal government took place in 1789, the first year of George Washington’s presidency, when President Washington recognized November 26 as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.”
November 16, 2012
With Thanksgiving Day less than a week away, it is time to turn our attention to examining what the holiday means and how we can properly observe it. It is, in other words, a great time to check out our latest ebook in our American Calendar curriculum series: “The Meaning of Thanksgiving.”