It’s always fun to include some sort of thanksgiving activity into your lesson plan during the holiday season. A lot of teachers find it more difficult to find certain activities for high school students rather than elementary or middle school students. That’s why My School Dance wanted to cover some fun, yet very educational activities for those students! Check them out below:



Thanksgiving Lesson Plans:

  • Explore the history of the voyage of the Mayflower, the Mayflower Compact, Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving.
  • Have students read and analyze the different versions of the first Thanksgiving story. Split them up into groups to work as a team.
  • Have math students explore comparison shopping and credit card use on Black Friday.




  • Encourage students to come up with an idea for a community service project since Thanksgiving is about giving, not receiving.
  • Choose some Thanksgiving topics such as “Should stores be open on Thanksgiving” or “Is Thanksgiving offensive to Native Americans” or “Turkey or Ham on Thanksgiving?” Then have students debate in front of the class.
  • Have students write a short story, poem, or script about a time someone learned to be thankful.



Instead of doing the same old activity every year, change it up! Students love having something new in the classroom, especially when it puts them in the holiday spirit. All of these activities can be done solo or in a group! Test some out and let us know how they worked for you!


Want some more tips for your school? You’ll want to read these blogs too: Fall Activities For All Ages, 3 Keys To Effective Classroom Management, and How To Plan A Pinterest Party!


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