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The First Thanksgiving Proclamation
Interested in the real story of Thanksgiving? Read history in the words of its makers.

The First Thanksgiving
Explores what the first Thanksgiving was and what it wasn't. Attempts to dispel common myths. From the Plimouth Foundation.

History of Thanksgiving's History of Thanksgiving allows visitors to travel back to Plymouth and learn surprising facts about the first feast, from what food was consumed to what pilgrims really wore.

The Mayflower Web Page
A descendant of John Alden, Myles Standish, and other Mayflower passengers has compiled one of the most extensive sites on the Internet detailing the journey of the Mayflower, its passenger lists, Mayflower documents including The Mayflower Compact, and more.

Thanksgiving in Canton, Mass. in 1884
Reproduction of a Thanksgiving menu from 1884. Complete with cooking instructions which are for reference only--DOES NOT comply with today's USDA standards.

The True Thanksgiving Story
Examines the origins of Thanksgiving in the United States. Pays particular attention to the religious roots of the occasion.

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ESL Quiz -- Thanksgiving
Students fill in the blanks to complete this short cloze exercise about Thanksgiving. A Jave-enable browser is required to check answers. From the Internet TESL Journal.

ESL Scramble Word Quiz -- Thanksgiving Meal
The Internet TESL Journal hosts this simple eight-question puzzle, complete with answers.

Thanksgiving Sites for TESOL
Leslie Opp-Beckman's compilation of Thanksgiving sites with ESL activities given for each site; primarily for students in high school and above with intermediate to advanced language abilities.

Thanksgiving Crossword Puzzle for ESL/EFL Students
Also from the Internet TESL Journal, this interactive crossword requires a java-enabled browser.

Thanksgiving Lesson Plan
Single lesson plan appropriate for younger ESL/EFL students focuses on vocabulary related to Thanksgiving and the history of the holiday.

Defines terms commonly associated with Thanksigiving and provides their historical context. Includes links to related quizzes, exercises, and games.

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Especially for Kids
Annie's Thanksgiving "Just for Kids" Page
Religious page includes stories, games, a Thanksgiving word search, lots of crafts, and cute graphics.

Billy Bear's Happy Thanksgiving
A virtual playground is filled with online games, puzzles, crafts, clip art, and screen savers.

Black Dog's Thanksgiving Fun and Games
Online games and puzzles, printable coloring pages, free screen saver and wallpaper, and recipes.

DLTK's Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids
Free printable templates for children's Thanksgiving crafts suitable for younger children.

Thanksgiving Treasure Hunt
An Internet treasure hunt designed to help students understand the history behind the American Thanksgiving, as well as how the holiday is celebrated today.

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An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
Complete text reproduced from Louisa May Alcott's classic work.

The Courtship of Miles Standish
The complete text of Longfellow's classic poem available online.

Thanksgiving Stories and Articles
Holiday collection includes several inspirational articles and short stories related to Thanksgiving.

A Thanksgiving Hymn
A nineteenth-century poem which extols the traditional values of Thanksgiving.

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Annie's Thanksgiving Page
If you surf the net with children, this is a nice Thanksgiving site to take them to. It includes Thanksgiving songs, prayers, games, stories, and coloring pages.

Canadian Thanksgiving
Describes how Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada and includes the history behind the day.

Cyber Grandma's Thanksgiving Greeting
This page includes Thanksgiving poetry and music, a sketch of Thanksgiving on the farm, and children's views of Thanksgiving. It appeals to children and adults alike and doesn't require extensive English skills, so it's ideal for ESL/EFL students.

Thanksgiving Cards
Thanksgiving is the time to thank all those good persons who care for you. Express your gratitude this year by sending free ecards to your friends and loved ones.

Thanksgiving Greetings Cards
Thanksgiving is all about togetherness, love, sharing and giving thanks for our blessings. Free ecards allow you to send holiday greetings to friends and loved ones wherever they may be.

Thanksgiving Myspace Layouts
Offers Thanksgiving layouts, wallpapers, ecards, graphics and more.

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For Teachers
Activity Idea Place: Thanksgiving
Ideas for simple hands-on projects suitable for use in the early childhood classroom.

Are You Teaching the Real Story of Thanksgiving?
This article from Education World examines how Thanksgiving is commonly portrayed in the classroom and encourages teachers to look at the holiday from a Native American perspective.

The First Thanksgiving
Series of language arts activities focuses on the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Indians. From Scholastic.

Thanksgiving: A Celebration of Gratitude.
Series of cross-curricular activities suitable for first and second graders.

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