Six Fun Education Resources for the Holiday Break

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Thanksgiving, the holiday of feasting, can spark lots of learning opportunities in the classroom and at the family dining room table. From the life of a turkey to the typical cost of a Thanksgiving meal, these PBS LearningMedia infographics and videos will get students digging into a holiday we can be thankful for.  Sign up for a free PBS LearningMedia account to access thousands more educational resources from PBS and partners. With PBS LearningMedia build interactive lessons and quizzes to create media rich teaching and learning opportunities in your classroom.

What A Typical Thanksgiving Meal Costs This Year
In this infographic explore the changes in costs of ingredients for a typical Thanksgiving meal from one year to the next. In the accompanying activity, students consider the advantages and disadvantages of the graphical display used in the infographic.

Thanksgiving: Primary Images and Documents
Throughout history, people have given thanks – sometimes in joyful celebration, often in solemn, even prayerful, ceremony. The United States, over hundreds of years, has come to observe a national holiday for giving thanks: Thanksgiving. This set of primary resources containing images and documents provides a window into this time period.

Thanksgiving Day | U.S. Department of State PDF
This U.S. Department of State PDF details the makings of Thanksgiving with an accompanying glossary of key terms.

The Making of a Turkey | Nature: My Life as a Turkey
Native to North America, the common turkey was tamed between 800 BC and 200 BC by the people of pre-Columbian Mexico. However, these early Americans weren’t the only ones to breed the bird. These Nature videos explore the long and complicated history of breeding the domesticated turkey.


Thanksgiving | All About the Holidays
This one minute video gives a quick and lively overview of the history and significance of Thanksgiving.

A History of Thanksgiving
This self-paced lesson provides historical context for Thanksgiving and presents students with writing-based activities. This is an activity that students can complete in class, or it can be assigned as a take-home assignment for family participation.

This article was originally published on November 19, 2014.