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In the USA, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
The first Thanksgiving in the USA was a feast in 1621 shared by the Pilgrims (who had recently settled Plymouth Colony in what is now Massachusetts) and the Wampanoag Indians, who shared their corn, squash, and wild turkeys. This first feast was not repeated until over a decade later. Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.
In Canada, Thanksgiving was declared a national holiday by the Canadian Parliament in 1879.
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Match Fall Words and Pictures
Match 10 Fall words to their pictures. The words are leaf, rake, scarecrow, crow, apple, web, corn, pumpkin, hay, cloud. Or go to the answers.
A Quiz on Thanksgiving Words
A word scavenger hunt for students in Grades 2-3, using the Little Explorers Picture Dictionary.
Thanksgiving Words in English
Label the Thanksgiving words in English, including turkey, pumpkin, pie, corn, yam, cranberry, hat, apple, cornucupia, and roll.
Autumn Words in English
Label the Autumn (fall) words in English, including pumpkin, apple, leaf, rake, corn, scarecrow, crow, turkey, and hay.
Printable Read and Answer Worksheet
A printable worksheet on Thanksgiving Day, with a short text, pictures to label, a route to draw, and questions to answer. Or go to the answers.
Match the Syllables: Thanksgiving Words
Match the syllables to make 10 Thanksgiving words. The words are turkey, thankful, Pilgrim, dinner, platter, harvest, pumpkin, stuffing, supper, corncob. Or go to the answers.
Match Three Syllables: Thanksgiving Words
Match three syllables to make 10 Thanksgiving words. The words are Mayflower, family, November, Thanksgiving, Indian, harvesting, gratefulness, holiday, together, celebrate. Or go to the answers.
Missing Letters in Thanksgiving words
Find the missing letters in Thanksgiving words, and then color the picture of the word. The words are pie, yam, corn, hat, hay, turkey, Indians, Pilgrims, cornucopia, pumpkin.
Unscramble Thanksgiving Words
Unscramble the Thanksgiving words, and then color the picture of the words. The words are pie, yam, corn, hat, hay, turkey, Indians, Pilgrims, cornucopia, pumpkin.
Thanksgiving Spelling Word Questions
Use the list of Thanksgiving spelling words to answer simple questions. Words: grateful, family, feast, Indians, Pilgrims, harvest, squash, turkey, stuffing, yams. Or go to the answers.
Use the word bank to find synonyms of common Thanksgiving-related words. Words: frosty/cold, autumn/fall, grateful/thankful, fall/plunge, harvest/crop, Native Americans/Indians, maize/corn, dine/eat, dish/plate, banquet/feast. Or go to the answers.
Thanksgiving Verbal Analogies
Think about how the first pair of words are related to each other. Then, look at the next word and find the word that is related to it in the same way. Mark the answer. Example: cow --> mammal : turkey --> bird, dinner, feather, delicious, egg. Or go to the answers.
Put 10 Thanksgiving Words in Alphabetical Order - Worksheet
Put 10 Thanksgiving words in alphabetical order. The words are: autumn, corn, family, feast, fish, harvest, holiday, Indians, Pilgrims, squash. Go to the answers.
Thanksgiving Day Cloze Worksheet
Do a fill-in-the-blank activity on Thanksgiving Day. Or go to the Answers.
Make Compound Words: Thanksgiving
Put two words together to make compound words. Or go to the answers. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet and answers (subscribers only).
Printable Read and Answer Worksheet
A printable worksheet on turkeys, with a short text, a labeled picture, turkey definitions to match, and questions to answer. Or go to the answers.
Printable Read and Answer Worksheet
A printable worksheet on corn, with text to read, labeled pictures, and questions to answer. Or go to the answers.
Corn Word Ladder Puzzle Worksheet
On this printable worksheet, the student changes one word into another, one letter at a time. At each step along the way, change only one letter to make a new word. At the end, you have the final, related word. In this puzzle, morph the word corn to husk. Or go to the answers.
Thanksgiving Letter-Flow Printable Word Puzzle
Can you figure out the names of these ten Thanksgiving words? When a line connects two (or more) boxes, those boxes each contain the same letter. Holidays: Thanksgiving, Indians and Pilgrims, cornucopia, Massachusetts, bountiful feast, family and friends, November, cranberry sauce, candied yams, pumpkin pie. Or go to the answers. Or go to a pdf file of the puzzle plus the answers.
Word Hunt Worksheet
How many words can you make using the letters from "Thanksgiving Day"? Sample answers: singe, tanking, disk, ... Go to worksheet with 30 blanks or a worksheet with 50 blanks.
Match the Thanksgiving Anagrams
Draw a line from each Thanksgiving-related word to its anagram. Words: feats/fates, serve/verse, eat/tea, settler/trestle, friend/finder, meal/lame, bake/beak, yam/may, nuts/stun, dessert/deserts. Or go to the answers.
Spiral Thanksgiving Anagram Picture Puzzle Worksheet
Solve the Thanksgiving anagram clues then put the words in the spiral puzzle. An anagram is a word that is made by rearranging the letters of another word. This is a tricky puzzle. Or go to the answers.
Find a Thanksgiving Day Word for Each Letter
See if you can think of and write down a Thanksgiving Day word for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.
Plural Thanksgiving Nouns
Write plural Thanksgiving-related nouns for turkey, feast, yam, cranberry, leaf, potato, pie, family, loaf, colony. Then rewrite each sentence with the underlined noun made into a plural -- roll, dish, pumpkin, pie, drumstick, slice. Or go to the answers.
Write Thanksgiving Words by Category
Write 5 Thanksgiving words for each category. The categories include: Thanksgiving Food, People to Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner, Thanksgiving Symbols, "Thank You" in Other Languages, Synonyms For "Eat", Parts of a Place Setting, Thanksgiving Words That Start With "S", Miscellaneous Thanksgiving Words. Or go to sample answers.
Adjectives Describing An Apple
Unscramble the adjectives describing an apple. Go to the answers. Or go to a pdf of the worksheet and the answers (site subscribers only).
Word of the Day Worksheets
These worksheets on elementary vocabulary have the student do an in-depth examination of a word that the teacher supplies. The student defines the word, uses the word in a sentence, identifies which part of speech it is, draws a picture that exemplifies the word, determines how many syllables it has, finds rhyming words, supplies synonyms and antonyms, etc. Pick a Thanksgiving-related word for a fun spelling activity.
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List of Thanksgiving Words
This is a word bank of Thanksgiving-related words.
Thanksgiving Word Anagrams
This is a word bank of anagrams of Thanksgiving words. An anagram is a word or phrase that is made by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. For example, feast is an anagram of fates.
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