Discover This: Thanksgiving

Get ready for Thanksgiving with these free and low-cost resources. Geared mainly for middle school, you can adapt down – or even up – with some of these free learning ideas.


A Native American perspective of the First Thanksgiving.


  • Native American Perspective of Thanksgiving
    Finally, a lesson plan written by the Wampanoag Tribe, themselves, sharing the Native American version of the First Thanksgiving.
  • Thanksgiving Day Logic Puzzles

    Ages 10-14. Extend your holiday learning with this set of five (5) table logic puzzles. Blending critical thinking with little-known thematic facts, you’ll get your kids thinking and having fun at the same time.

  • Mayflower Compact
    Try your hand at reading the original Plain English text and see if you can translate it into modern English..
  • William Bradford Unit Plan
    A set of 7-lesson plans that has high school students analyzing primary sources from the leader of the Pilgrims.
  • First Colony
    Videos and more about the archeological quest to discover the 1st English settlement in America – and, no, it’s not Plymouth.
  • Thanksgiving Quiz
    One of the best fact or myth Thanksgiving quizzes we’ve seen. Brought to you by the History Channel.

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Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. works with clients around the world in developing individualized learning plans that value the strengths and weaknesses of the whole child. While her focus has long been on the social-emotional needs of the gifted child, Alessa also works with governmental agencies in helping to meet the educational needs of children in foster care, as well as those involved in the juvenile justice system. Alessa lives in Maryland, where she homeschooled her kids into college. You can email Alessa at (at)