Thanksgiving Unit Study
~An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving~

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~ A Gentle Unit Study~
Stories to read aloud together, recipes, games to play, crafts, history,
family devotional ideas, and lots more fun!

* Reading:

* “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving”  by Louisa May Alcott
(google reader, book format)
Read/print it out on a single page here
Listen to “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” Audiobook (free of course)

*Watch the Hallmark movie version of “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving” online

*Other “old-fashioned Thanksgiving” short stories and poems:
( These would be great for Further Reading, Narration, and Copy Work)

* “The Silver Party”  by Louisa May Alcott

* Celebrating Thanksgiving Day with Literature….a VERY nice collection of short stories & other writing all in one place.  Excellent resource !!

*  “We Thank Thee” by Robert Louis Stevenson,

* A very nice group of Thanksgiving Poetry Selections from Ambleside Online

* “Hunting the Deceitful Turkey” by Mark Twain (read online)

* “The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day

* Read “Aunt Susanna’s Thanksgiving Dinner” by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Listen to the  audio book  (16 minutes)

* ”Thanksgiving Time” , an essay by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Louisa May Alcott Unit Study

*Louisa May Alcott Biography


*More Holiday Stories by Louisa May Alcott*

– “Effie’s Christmas Dream
(This is written as a play & I think would be great fun to act out when all the kids & cousins are gathered together! )

– “A Country Christmas

– “Tilly’s Christmas

– “A Christmas Dream, and How It Came True

* Grammar & Writing Fun*

Thanksgiving Mad Libs   
(15 different stories!) from Are We There Yet?

Fun Thanksgiving Writing Prompts with Printables
+ More Creative Writing Ideas
Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

Thanksgiving Creative Writing and Grammar Printables

Thanksgiving Vocabulary and other fun grammar activities

* Bible Study4147200968_53f9050949_b Ideas:

Bible Study/Film Study/Discussion based on the film, “An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving”

* Giving Thanks Bible Study for kids

* A Thankful Heart ideas for families

* Family Thanksgiving Devotional Ideas


*History of Thanksgiving*

– The Feast of Tabernacles, the very first Thanksgiving …  audiobook (Librivox)

American Thanksgiving in a nutshell  (video)

The First Thanksgiving from Scholastic…a full history unit, including virtual field trips, lesson plans, etc… 

The History of Thanksgiving from

– William Bradford’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Sarah Josephine Hale and an American Thanksgiving from Pilgrim Hall

– Sarah Josephine Hale, and America’s Holiday
Short video from the History Channel

– Thanksgiving Proclamations by various US Presidents
George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789
Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863
John F. Kennedy’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1961
 George W. Bush’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 2001 and 2008
 Barack Obama’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 2013

Thanksgiving Printables  from In All You Do…Breed-Love

Old Fashioned Thanksgiving


*Science in the Kitchen:

*An Old Fashioned Menu*
(Based on the meal prepared  by the Bassett Children)

*Roast Turkey with Stuffing and fresh herbs  , Mrs. Hale’s New Cook Book, 1857
Turkey Mini Unit from one of my favorites, The Homeschool Scientist
All About the Turkey
Draw a Turkey in 5 easy steps

* Roast Chestnut Stuffing

* Roast Onions

*Hasty Pudding or Indian Pudding:
– Watch this short video first 🙂
– Modern Hasty (Indian) Pudding Recipe

*Plum Pudding  Recipe

*Mince Meat Pie   (from 1832)

*Apple Pie … A history of how Apple Pie fits into the Thanksgiving Feast !

* Pumpkin Pie, and other Thanksgiving Pie History

*Cider … A history and some recipes

+ Popcorn math, science, grammar, and more !
+ How it’s made –  youtube video
+ popcorn popping in slow motion…just for fun !

– Try buying a bag of whole nuts & cracking them while watching a movie one night.
Notice the differences and similarities between the different kinds of nuts.
–  “The Christmas Song” … Something to listen to while roasting the chestnuts  🙂

– Oranges were once considered a very special treat and still are a holiday tradition in many families today.

* Old Fashioned Doughnuts recipe

*Other Recipes from the 1800’s:

* ‘Thanksgiving, Lincoln, and Pumpkin Pudding’ a bit of Thanksgiving history and a traditional recipe.

* Louisa May Alcott’s Apple Buckle Recipe~

This recipe has both a literary and cultural history. Louisa May Alcott’s favorite dessert recipe includes baking powder, which wasn’t available until after 1856, when it was introduced to the area. Also of note is that she cooked it on her own free-standing stove, considered a new-fangled invention at the time.

3 c peeled and sliced apples
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp lemon juice

For the topping:
1 c flour
1½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
dash of cinnamon and nutmeg (¼ tsp total)
1 beaten egg
4 tbsp butter

Combine the apples, spices, maple syrup, and lemon juice in an 8 x 8 baking pan. Sift the dry ingredients together, and then add the egg, stirring until the mixture is crumbly. Spoon this over the apples and dot with the butter. Bake at 350º for 30–40 minutes. Serve warm.
Blueberry, Peach or Pear Buckle can be made by substituting other fruits for the apples.
Serves 6–8



*Fun Ideas for Thanksgiving Math:

* Thanksgiving Dinner Math Activity

* Thanksgiving Themed Math Printables (from Basic to Geometry)

* Creative Math Ideas for Thanksgiving

* POPcorn Math

* Sweet Math idea for the littles


Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving
* Thanksgiving Art:
 Norman Rockwell Unit

+  Freedom from Want  (also, The Four Freedoms collection)
+ Home for Thanksgiving
+ Thanksgiving Day Blues
+ Classic Covers:  Thanksgiving
(Saturday Evening Post)

+ A really nice art appreciation lesson with Norman Rockwell for many ages
from Harrington Harmonies

+ Art Appreciation Lesson-  Norman Rockwell from Garden of Praise… scroll down to the very bottom for printable coloring pages, crossword puzzles, etc…    LOVE this resource !!!

+ Thanksgiving Art Appreciation Unit   (Wide selection of artists)


*Old Fashioned Fall Decorating:

Orange Pomanders
Or try these pomanders

Old fashioned Hand Dipped Candles

– Make Popcorn Garlands

Old Fashioned Sugared Fruit

Popcorn Candles

– Decorate with Pinecones, Acorns,  Fruits, and whatever the kids bring in on their adventures outdoors !

14804326040_728493a1d0_b*Old Fashioned Fun and Games:

*Nine Men’s Morris as the Basset children played in the story
(printable with instructions)

*Blind Man’s Bluff and a few other fun colonial kids games

* Old Fashioned Games to play for Thanksgiving or anyday!

* The Game of Graces and other Early America Children’s Games

*Old Fashioned Music:

– “Money Musk” as Eph played on his fiddle

– “Turkey In the Straw

– “Polly Put the Kettle On“,  “Cotton Eyed Joe“,   fiddle fun !  🙂

Thanksgiving Hymns

Jingle Bells … A Thanksgiving tune ???

Thanksgiving Traditions
*Old Fashioned Traditions:

–  A Child’s Thanksgiving Traditions
from Pilgrim Hall Museum

–  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
(ok…not so “old-fashioned”, but traditional!  🙂  )
– Ideas for starting your own traditions:
 Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Family Traditions  
+  Fun Family Activities
(nice ideas to get outside too!  from Parenting Magazine)

*Just For Fun:

Fun Printables from Enchanted Learning…  Mini-Books, Crossword Puzzles, Coloring Pages, etc.

Coloring Pages from Doodle Art Alley (including a super cute turkey)  🙂

Hidden Pictures Coloring Pages  (including Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Coloring Book   (printable)

A Glad Thanksgiving

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