Thinkport Newsletter: History, Heritage and Thanksgiving (November)

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November 2017 (Edition 2)

History Heitage and Thanksgiving

The holidays are almost here, full of history, heritage, and rewarding learning opportunities. Make it a memorable experience for your students and family with interactive resources and activities from MPT and PBS.

Thanksgiving PBS

The First Official Thanksgiving

Delve into the story of the Pilgrims and uncover evidence to help students decipher fact from fiction. The cohesive learning experience includes a 3-part video series, background information, discussion questions, and educational standards. (Grades 3-5, 7, 11)


Thanksgiving Activities for the Family
Carve out time to teach kids about caring, sharing, and gratitude. Before gobbling down the goodies, have children create “thankful” cards and trees, and learn about the importance of giving back. Find arts & crafts activities, recipes, and tips for good manners. 

Thanks Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner Problem-Solving

Seating preferences and math! Help solve the ongoing quandary of "who sits where" during Thanksgiving dinner. In this holiday-themed math activity, students use logical reasoning and problem-solving to seat 12 family members around a rectangular table. (Elementary grades)

Early Native

Early Native American Policy
It’s all about land negotiations, tribes and the law in this social studies-themed literacy interactive. Students will learn how “point of view” is conveyed by reading speeches about the U.S. government's policy regarding American Indians in the 1800s. (Grades 9-10) 


American Indian Movement: Native Americans Fight Back
Connect your students to pertinent history as they explore  the civil rights work of the American Indian Movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Using primary source documents, videos, and photographs from the Library of Congress, students deepen their analysis and research skills. 

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