Thanksgiving Activities | The True Story Reading Response & Gratitude Activity

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6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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Thanksgiving activities and gratitude activities (Printable & Digital) - Teach students about the real history of Thanksgiving using a fun nonfiction article and reading response handout plus gratitude activity for middle school and high school ELA or Social Studies. No prep lesson plan, student handouts, PowerPoint Slides, Google Slides and Google Doc - Perfect Thanksgiving classroom activities for ELA or Social Studies classroom activities, distance learning or Google Classroom.

Product Includes (Printable & Digital):

  • Lesson Plan
  • Student Handouts
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Google Slides
  • Google Doc
  • Common Core ELA Standards
  • 3-Point Rubric for effortless grading
  • Bell Ringer
  • KWL Chart
  • Mini Lesson (KWL Chart Review)
  • Guided Practice
  • Independent Practice
  • Exit Slip
  • Nonfiction Article about The True History of Thanksgiving
  • Reading Response Questions
    • Subject, Argument, Supporting Evidence, Author's Purpose


Have students read-aloud as a class or divide students into groups to complete a mini-project sharing out the unfortunate but true story of Thanksgiving.

Have students complete the Gratitude activity individually or as a class challenge. Students will challenge themselves to list 50 things they are thankful for on Thanksgiving!


Simply distribute student handouts and project the PowerPoint for students OR share the Google Doc or Google Slide for no prep Google Classroom or distance learning activities. Mix and match activities to suit your classroom needs!


  • Thanksgiving reading and writing activities can be completed independently with older students or as a whole-class activity with younger students. Materials are engaging for all ages but do not include overly advanced or child-like language so they are appropriate for all ages!


Why wait? Enjoy no prep Thanksgiving activities for your ELA or Social Studies classroom activities, distance learning or Google Classroom.

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25 pages
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