5th Grade Thanksgiving Math & History ★ Activities, Video & Song ★ Grade 5

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Learn about the history of the Pilgrims and how their early interactions with the native Wampanoag Indians brought about the first Thanksgiving day in an animated music video that will truly enrapture your class. This video bundle has everything you and your students will need to celebrate Thanksgiving in unique style this year!

After the video, there is a wide range of supplementary activities to fulfill your reading and math standards while taking things a bit playfully before the holiday weekend. For example, act out a whimsical reader's theatre, or utilize our Pilgrim and Wampanoag Bulletin Board to make Thanksgiving's history come alive in your classroom.

You can also check your students math mastery by giving them a mid-year review by way of an engaging set of task cards designed with a First Thanksgiving Day theme throughout. The word problems can be a bit silly at times to avoid the task card assessment feeling like a test. These task cards come in both printable and digital varieties, with the digital version set up to be completely self-graded through the Google Classroom platform.

Also connected to the video are two History of Thanksgiving quizzes to check if your students were paying attention; a digital version for Google Classroomthat grades itself and a printable one.

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5th Grade Thanksgiving Math Activities by NUMBEROCK

Activities Included: 10


1 • The History of the First Thanksgiving Day Animated Video [HD Video]

Learn about the motivations behind why the Pilgrims fled to the New World and how Thanksgiving became the special holiday that we share with our family today. (you'll love it!)


2 • Native Americans and Pilgrims Reader's Theater

Inject some humor into your class through our quirky little play that your students will have fun acting out while you cover your reading and literature standards

Decide who will be Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians and who gets to play that part that says, "Taubút paump maúntaman!!, or "Mattaâsu nóteshem". Confused? Don't worry, Squanto, a friend to the Pilgrims, will translate. (enjoy)


3 • Pilgrims and Indians Task Cards: a Thanksgiving Task Card Set For 4th & 5th Grade

A Thanksgiving themed task card set incorporating characters and artifacts from story of the first Thanksgiving. The cards will have your students drawing on concepts you have likely covered in the first half of the year. Not only a task card set, but perhaps the most fun way to administer an interim assessment to gauge your students readiness for testing later this year. Simply print and cut with no-prep needed otherwise.

The questions attempt to creatively involve characters from the Thanksgiving story. The word problems attempt to dream up funny real-world math situations that the Pilgrims and Indians might have faced while they struggled to survive in around and within early Plymouth Colony.


4 • Self-Grading Google Classroom Activity

After watching the video, which can be watched during self-guided practice directly on the google quiz page or through whole group instruction on your smartboard or projector, the students are invited to recall what they learned about Thanksgiving in a short, fun little interactive assessment.

Helpful Tips:

a. The assessment can be completed by your students either together, on their own time, or even at home. Google will collect the grades whenever they submit there answers, so there is little else you need to do!

b. The short assessment and the embedded video that goes with it can be viewed either on a smartphone or on a desktop computer if you want your students to perform the task on their own time as access to technology permits.

c. You can edit the quiz in any way you like. That's the nature of the type of quiz it is. We don't think you'll want to, as the quiz is really quite fun as it is, but at least always have that option. As long as you don't resell the edited quiz or redistribute it outside of your classroom, you are free to manipulate it any which way you'd like!


5 • Fill-in-the-Blanks and Lyrics Sheet

Any part of the Thanksgiving video confusing to you? No problem, all the lyrics have been printed on an illustrated pdf which can be printed out for individual use or shared with the class via your smartboard/projector device.

Then help reinforce the information picked up in the video by having them fill out the blanks to remember key historical figures and special individuals who will forever be a part of the great Thanksgiving story.


6 • Colorful Bulletin Board

High-Resolution bulletin board to post on a wall in your classroom.


7 • CD Quality Song File

Get the song on a CD file and play the song during break or lunch.


8 • Quick Quiz To Check for reading Comprehension and Video Attentiveness

After your students act out the play and sing along with the extremely catchy song (be warned), they aren't quite done learning about Thanksgiving. Reading Comprehension can be tested from the Thanksgiving reading passages, lyrics sheet, and fill-in-the-blanks worksheets while also providing your students with another activity to free up some of your time


9 & 10 • 1 Bonus Poster and 1 Bonus Video

Product comes with very fun Easter Egg that is sure not to disappoint.


Video Summary

Find out all about the first Thanksgiving in this fun animated video about the Pilgrims, their Journey on the Mayflower, and their meeting with the Wampanoags. Samoset, Squanto, and Massasoit all make appearances as they share a 3-day feast with William Bradford, William Brewster, John Carver, and more!


The Pilgrims fled from England, persecuted for their faith,

and went to Holland, far from the reforms of King Henry the VIII.

They found religious freedom there, but soon they would depart,

because their children talked and lived like Dutch, which broke their parents' hearts.

They boarded the ship, Mayflower, toward freedom o'er the sea.

On the 66-day journey, one went to eternity.

Though one was gone, two boys were born… to everyone's delight;

first Oceanus Hopkins and little Peregrine White.

At long last Mayflower anchored in the Massachusetts Bay;

but one thing must take place before the Pilgrims all would stay.

They wrote some rules and agreed to submit to rulers they would choose.

It was known as the Mayflower Compact, a government they'd use.

By Plymouth Rock they disembarked; they struggled to survive;

til Native American, Samoset, from the woods arrived.

None could speak the other's tongue! They didn't know what to do!

But Samoset brought Squanto, who taught them a thing or two.

Chorus: This is Thanksgiving Day's history,

A day they gave thanks with their family.

Squanto was a traveler from the Abenaki Tribe;

he'd spent some time in England and knew how to transcribe.*

Their new friend taught them many things....what berries they could eat.

They learned to plant corn with a fish, to hunt for deer and meat.

Squanto introduced the Pilgrims to Wampanoag Chief Massasoit.

They made a peace treaty that lasted until the rule of Metacomet.

Pilgrim leader, William Bradford, wrote of Squanto with elation:

"a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation."

In 1620 one hundred two Pilgrims had arrived,

but by fall of 1621, less than half were still alive,

But those that lived were all so very grateful they'd survived

that they invited Wampanoags to a 3-day harvest jive.

William Bradford wrote about it, and Edward Winslow, too;

and that is how we know the Thanksgiving story is true:

That the Pilgrims had invited people from the First Nations

to the very first Thanksgiving's harvest celebration.

Chorus: This is Thanksgiving Day's history,

A day they gave thanks with their family.

They ate deer, eel, lobster, clams, mussels, duck, and turkey....

goose, squash, pumpkin, corn, onions, turnips, and parsley....

sage, carrots, lettuce, oats, blueberries, and cranberries.

The feast they shared Thanksgiving Day was just extraordinary!

The 1621 banquet was quite the celebration;

Pilgrims and Wampanoag shared with great appreciation.

George Washington decreed to all in 1789

a national Thanksgiving Day from Maine to the Georgia line.

The years passed by with occasional feasts until 1863,

when Lincoln made the day a national holiday annually.

The President said it would take place one day every year,

the last Thursday in November from city to frontier.

In 1939 Thanksgiving came a week too early.

Roosevelt thought it wise, but it caused quite a controversy.

He hoped the extra week of holiday shopping would bring new market highs,

but it failed to boost the economy and made people criticize.

So in 1941, he reversed his declaration,

so now the last Thursday in November brings Thanksgiving vacation!

We're thankful for our homes, our friends, our relatives and food.

So let's spend the day with thankful hearts and life-long gratitude.

Chorus: This is Thanksgiving Day's history,


About Me

I’m Mr. Hehn, and I’ve developed some excellent materials for my classroom throughout my 7 years as an elementary public school teacher that I’d love to share with you. I like to incorporate dancing, singing, and listening to music into my lessons. My project, NUMBEROCK, is a collection of music videos that teach/reinforce mathematical concepts that include posters and lesson plans to make learning math fun in a whole new way.

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