Thanksgiving: Being Thankful



Children will learn what it means to be thankful and will be given an opportunity to discuss the many things they are thankful for in relationship to the first Thanksgiving Day.


  • Print out pages with “I am thankful for ____________.” at the bottom  and half way down.
  • Cut each page in half .
  • Have crayons, markers or colored pencils.
  • Have a stapler.
  • Suggested books:
    • Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland and Sonja Lamut
    • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
    • Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    • The First Thanksgiving by Patricia Hermes


  • Read the book(s) then discuss.
  • Discuss the first Thanksgiving. This is a story about sharing with others and how to be thankful for who and what you have in your life. Explain how it was all set aside to give thanks.
  • Define the word thankful by asking: What makes you happy? What are you most glad to have? When the child responds to your question, tell them it means they are“thankful” for those things/people.
  • The best way to teach children thankfulness is by modeling it to them. Thank them for good behavior, for sharing with a classmate or for being a good helper in class.

Discussion questions:

  1. What will your family do for Thanksgiving?
  2. Will you go out-of-town?

Activity: Thankful books

Have the children make small books showing things they are thankful for:

  1. Give each child some printed paper.
  2. Have children draw a picture of something they are thankful for on each paper . Let them draw as many as they would like.
  3. Have them tell you what is on each page and fill in the blanks for them.
  4. Staple the pages together to make a book.
  5. Have the children write their name on the book.

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