One of our Nation's oldest and most cherished traditions, Thanksgiving Day brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives… [Full Text] »
Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. It can also be a time of service to others in the community. (State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs) »
In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time for tradition and sharing. People gather with family and friends on the fourth Thursday in November to enjoy a traditional meal and to give thanks for life’s many blessings. (State Department’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs) »
This teaching poster, designed for educators and students grades 4–8, examines the deeper meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday for American Indians through the themes of environment, community, encounters, and innovations. Appropriate for use at any time during the year, the poster includes information that is essential to understanding and teaching about American Indians along with compelling images and ideas for classroom activities. (National Museum of the American Indian) »
America’s Thanksgiving holiday is a time for gratitude and for helping others.
Thanksgiving marks the busiest travel season of the year in the United States — a fact that would come as no surprise to these weary travelers in line at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. At this time of year, Americans travel long distances and put up with congested roads or long lines at airports just to be with their families.
Useful Web Resources
- U.S. Census Bureau: Facts for Features – Thanksgiving Day 2011
Check this year’s Thanksgiving facts and figures provided by U.S. Census.
- Thanksgiving - For Teachers (Library of Congress)
This site includes a Thanksgiving timeline and links to Thanksgiving – related resources in the Library’s collections.
- Teacher and Student Resources for American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving (National Museum of the American Indian)
These resources are provided in support of the “Ideas for the Classroom” suggested in the teaching poster titled American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving. In addition, you can find full-size versions of the poster images, a separate lesson on the topic of Thanksgiving, and more. Just click on the links below to explore these resources.
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