A Cornucopia of Creative and Critical Thinking Activities for Thanksgiving

from the Autumn S.C.A.M.P.E.R. packet, "Put to Another Use"
from the Autumn S.C.A.M.P.E.R. packet, “Put to Another Use”  This student decided a hay wagon could be used as a Space Simulator for animals!

Many of us in the States have only a week and a half left before the Thanksgiving holidays. Here are a few resources that might be fun to sprinkle into the curriculum as everyone starts running for the light at the end of the tunnel.  All of them are free except for my shameless plug at the end 🙂

Pumpkin Adaptations – a cute activity from Miss Trayers at “Not Just Child’s Play”

Thanksgiving Thinking Hats  – I use this with my 2nd graders to see if they can “think about their thinking” (see my Thinking Hats post for more info)

A Thanksgiving Timeline via Google Earth – a wonderful way to integrate Thanksgiving, Technology, and Geography from Laura Moore at “Learn Moore Stuff”

Thanksgiving Fun – a plethora of fun tech activities from “Technology Rocks. Seriously.”

The First Thanksgiving – from Scholastic.com, includes videos, historical letters, and resource guides for teachers

Thanksgiving Jokes with Tom and Ben – a fun activity my Multimedia Club did a couple of years ago with the iPad

Thanksgiving Analogies – from “Minds in Bloom”

What are You Thankful For?  Ask it Better. – I love these great ideas for putting a twist on this age-old question, also from “Minds in Bloom” (You could use a Padlet wall for the responses – H/T to Richard Byrne)

You are the Historian – Investigate the First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving SmartBoard Activities – pretty much what the title says 🙂

Thanksgiving Sudoku – online

Thanksgiving Sudoku – printable

Thanksgiving Puzzles (Sudoku, Magic Square, Word Jumble, etc…) – from Cybersleuth Kids

Augmented Reality Reward Coupons – not completely Thanksgiving related, but great way to show gratitude for a job well done (students LOVE these!)

Autumn S.C.A.M.P.E.R. Packet – available on TPT for the bargain price of $2.00 🙂

5 thoughts on “A Cornucopia of Creative and Critical Thinking Activities for Thanksgiving”

  1. Would you mind if we share your great activities in this post on our Technology Website that we update with ideas. We would love to give you credit for the contribution. If there is a way you would like us to recognize the tribute specifically, please let me know that as well. Thanks Pam Brown Jamestown 1 District Web/Tech Dept. 701-252-1950 X2311

  2. Oooh! Lots of good activities-I am actually going to add those thankful questions to their gratitude journals and use the examples of Thanksgiving analogies–never would have thought of that, but what great ideas! Thank you for sharing Terri!

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