Classroom Activities for Thanksgiving

thanksgiving activities for elementary students

Classroom activities for Thanksgiving have arrived!  Celebrate Thanksgiving with your students by implementing the Thanksgiving Activities at School found here.  Whether you are looking for online Thanksgiving activities or printable Thanksgiving activities, you are sure to love what you find here! Each activity requires little to no prep for you because I know teachers are busy! I hope you find time to be thankful during this season and enjoy discovering who or what your students are thankful for. I’m willing to bet you make their list, teacher friend!

Thanksgiving activities pages that are perfectly themed for the season of Thanksgiving.

Classroom Activities for Thanksgiving #1
Balloons over Broadway

Balloons over Broadway is a perfect elementary Thanksgiving activity. Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade is a children’s book written by Melissa Sweet. I don’t know about you, but I have fond memories of watching the Macy’s Day Parade as a child. Impressed by the huge, massive balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I also was interested to see which characters would be in attendance each year. I would also think about the designs of specific balloons.  When I became a teacher, I found the Balloons over Broadway book and was excited to implement it during the month of November.

Included in the Thanksgiving Activity Sheets in this bundle is a template for students to create their own balloon for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Here is a link to the read-aloud of the book. If you would rather read the book aloud yourself, click here to purchase from Also included is a reading comprehension passage with questions. The questions will check for understanding. Trust me, students will LOVE this activity!

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Would You Rather Thanksgiving Edition

Would You Rather Thanksgiving Edition is a great way to prepare students for the upcoming holidays. This is a great classroom thanksgiving activity!

Would You Rather Thanksgiving Edition is a must any time of year! This is a great game to play at any time, but especially during the holidays. Would you rather gobble like a turkey for a whole day or travel back in time and ride on the Mayflower? 25 Thanksgiving Would You Rather questions are included. Two formats are offered to fit the needs of the teacher. Enjoy playing this exciting, wacky game with kids!

If you are like me and love playing Would You Rather for kids, be sure and click out this bundle. There is a game available for every month of the year that is jam-packed with bright colors and themed clipart to match each game with the coordinating season. This bundle will also save you money, and who doesn’t love saving money! The best feature is the bundle is NO PREP! Just click and play with your students. What are you waiting for? Click here.

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What are you THANKFUL for? Game

Thanksgiving Activity Worksheets that are engaging and meaningful can be found right here! Printable classroom thanksgiving activities students will enjoy playing.

A “thankful” elementary Thanksgiving activity had to be included here. Way too often life gets busy and we as adults forget to stop and think about what we are thankful for. As teachers, we get too busy teaching curriculum, standards, and everything in between to teach students to stop and think about what they are thankful for. This is so important. Use this elementary Thanksgiving activity to teach students about being thankful! What does it look like and sound like?

The What Are You THANKFUL For? Game is played using dice. Prompts are provided to help students brainstorm a variety of people and things they are thankful for. A link for digital dice is provided if you use the digital format.

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Thankful Turkey printable is easy to use. This is also a great meaningful, classroom activity for Thanksgiving!

I am a THANKFUL turkey! Just kidding, but I really am so thankful. This is a fun printable Thanksgiving activity students will certainly enjoy. In this bundle of Thanksgiving activities at school, a turkey is included for this specifically.  The turkey has eight feathers and students are asked to write eight things or people they are thankful for. If you are using the digital version, text boxes are located on each turkey feather. If you are using the PDF version of this resource, ask students to write eight things or people they are thankful for, then color and cut out each feather.

As you can see, everything you need for Thanksgiving activities at school is provided for you here and requires little prep from you. I know you are thankful for this! Haha! Anyway, I wanted to take the time and tell you that I am thankful for you! Thank you for being here, and I am glad you found me.  If I can help you with anything, please contact me. I am happy to help, and I am here for you.

Thanksgiving activities for kids

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

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