On Thanksgiving we give thanks that there’s no school! But there’s much more to this holiday than that — Let Tim and Moby teach you about the real meaning of Thanksgiving in this BrainPOP movie! You’ll learn who the Pilgrims were; why they came to the New World; and who they met when they got here. You’ll also find out what happened to the Pilgrims during their first winter and how they managed to survive. Discover who was present at the first Thanksgiving, and what everyone had to be thankful for. Finally, you’ll find out what happened to the peace in subsequent years. So, enjoy your turkey — but don’t forget the history behind it!

Lesson Ideas for Using BrainPOP to Teach About Holidays

BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. offer lots of movie topic pages for the holidays. Here are some ideas for incorporating them into your classroom instruction: Have students generate and answer their own FYI questions related to a particular holiday. As a class, read the FYI questions on the holiday's movie topic page. Ask students to suggest additional questions about the holiday that were not answered in the movie or on the FYI page. Students can work collaboratively to choose one question to research as a group. Have them share their findings in a class Google Doc or blog post which uses the same format as BrainPOP's FYI. Have students read the responses that other groups composed and facilitate a discussion around them. See more »

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about he history and customs of the Thanksgiving holiday. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Thanksgiving topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.  See more »

Thanksgiving Background Information for Teachers and Parents

This page contains information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about the history and customs of the Thanksgiving holiday. The information is designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. movie Thanksgiving. It explains the type of content covered in the movie, provides ideas for how teachers and parents can develop related understandings, and suggests how other BrainPOP Jr. resources can be used to scaffold and extend student learning. See more »