As We Prepare to Celebrate Thanksgiving

As students can see in this video clip from American Experience, the first Thanksgiving wasn’t the same holiday we celebrate today — in fact, the Pilgrims didn’t even call it “thanksgiving.”  PBS resources such as this one can capture students’ imagination and open their minds to learning about their history as well as their present world.

You’ll find bountiful resources for what we now call Thanksgiving on PBS LearningMedia, where you can filter by grade, content and type.  For example, A History of Thanksgiving is a self-paced lesson for grades 6-12 that provides historical context for Thanksgiving and presents students with writing-based activities.

Here at WGBY, we wish you and your students a Happy Thanksgiving!

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