The Night Before Thanksgiving Unit Study

The Night Before Thanksgiving Unit Study includes a story is a fun rhyming tale of the typical American family preparing for a traditional Thanksgiving feast told in the style of “The Night Before Christmas”. Find more unit study ideas to create lesson plans.

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The Night Before Thanksgiving Unit Study

The Night before Thanksgiving Unit Study

 “ ‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the nation families got ready for a big  celebration. That night we were nestled all snug in our beds, while visions of turkey legs danced in our heads.”

 Use this simple and book about the holiday to have a light unit study about Thanksgiving. Many of the activities included in this unit study can be used on Thanksgiving day to keep the kids busy. Make extra play dough and send some home with all the kids visiting after the holiday is over.  This is my favorite recipe and scent, I love to get into it myself!

 The Night Before Thanksgiving book based Math Activities

 Use pumpkin seeds, dried beans, candy corn, or  silk fall  leaves as a math manipulative to practice one to one  correspondence, skip counting, or simple addition and subtraction problems.

You can also use a sharpie to write numbers on the silk leaves, mix them up ask your child to order them, or use them to create math problems.

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Book based Language Activities

Read the story, several times. If your child is able have them read it to you.

This story contains lots of fun rhymes, as your child to make some Thanksgiving rhyming words of their own. Like- pie an sky, ham and yam.

 Create word family turkeys for sight word practice. Cut the outline of an 8 from brown construction paper, draw on features with a sharpie., and use scraps to make it even cuter. Cut feather shapes from multiple colors of construction paper. Write the ending letters on the turkey, for example…ig  and the beginning letter on the feathers ( ex.. B, P, J, W, etc.)  -you can use both sides to double your words. have your child match the feathers and turkey to create multiple words. Have them read the words to you.

The Night before Thanksgiving

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Make a list of things you are thankful for, if your child is able have them write it themselves, otherwise they can dictate it to you and watch you write it.

 Art Activities for The Night Before Thanksgiving

Make turkey legs- Stuff brown paper lunch bags with newspaper, slide in a “bone” -a wide  craft stick painted white, close off with a small rubber band. These would be cute decorations for your Thanksgiving table.

The Night Before Thanksgiving

 Napkin rings-cut toilet paper rings in half, create a turkey face by gluing 2 google eyes, a yellow construction paper beak, and a red construction paper waddle. On the opposite side, have your child glue several silk feathers, or leaves for the turkeys tale.  Even if you use paper disposable napkins these are an adorable craft for your table.

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Provide your child with fall cookie  cutters, craft sticks for a knife, pie tins or muffin tins,

feathers, beans, a spoon, rolling pin, etc..


Make a simple seasonal snack by tossing popcorn, fall colored mm’s, craisins, and pretzels. This would be great served for a snack on Thanksgiving while your guests wait for dinner.

Sensory Activity

Pumpkin Pie Spice Play Dough

In a large saucepan combine 2 cups of flour, ¾ cup of salt, 1 ½ Tbsp. cream of tartar, 4 Tbsp. Pumpkin pie spice, 1 ½ cups of water, and  3 Tbsp. vegetable oil. Add  red and yellow food coloring to achieve your desired shade of orange.  Stir frequently over medium high heat until play dough begins to separate from pan-this takes about 5 minutes.  Dump onto counter to cool. When it has  cooled enough to touch, knead play dough until it is smooth and completely combined.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Playdough

Other Activities

Play Duck, Duck, Turkey- following Duck Duck Goose rules of course with a small change.

Play hot potato with a sweet potato.

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