Thanksgiving Resources for Kids

This Thanksgiving, it's important to understand the real history of Thanksgiving and help educate your children as well. Below are some resources that you may find useful.


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The Invention of Thanksgiving Video - An interview with National Museum of the American Indian curator Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche)

Thanksgiving Activity by the National Museum of the American Indian

This quick and simple corn necklace activity, using widely accessible and inexpensive materials and designed for kindergarten through 5th grade, provides an alternative to the culturally inappropriate paper feather headdress sometimes made during Native American Heritage Month. The video provides step-by-step instruction on how to make the necklace. By highlighting the cultivation of corn and other agricultural contributions made Native peoples, the activity can extend or culminate a classroom lesson and connect to social studies, science, math, or, art.

How To Teach Your Kids the REAL History of Thanksgiving Resource Page by Parents Together

Mother Magazine resources on how to talk to your kids about Thanksgiving.


Rethinking Thanksgiving Celebrations: Native Perpsectives on Thanksgiving

You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving: A popular interactive game that has entertained school-aged children and families since 2002 that explores Wampanoag life prior to European settlement and the year leading up to the 1621 harvest feast, today known as the “First Thanksgiving." Click here to read more about the project.

Deconstructing the Myths of "The First Thanksgiving"




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