Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Lessons to explore gratitude and American history surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Three ways to use the Thanksgiving holiday as a teachable moment for your students, and two lessons on gratitude:

Gratitude and the Global Supply Chain
Students learn about the science of gratitude - and one person's effort to express gratitude to every person along the supply chain who made their morning cup of coffee possible.

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Rethinking Thanksgiving
Students untangle facts and myths about the complex history of Thanksgiving through reading, discussion, and roleplaying. 

Thanksgiving: Exploring Perspectives
Students take a critical look at some popular myths and facts about the first interactions between the European pilgrims and Native American peoples, and explore three Native Americans’ views of the holiday.

A Thanksgiving Circle
This circle activity invites students to share their feelings about gratitude and express their appreciation for things large and small.