Thanksgiving Worksheets

Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

There are many celebrations and holidays that are celebrated around the year in the U.S. But there is nothing more American than the Thanksgiving holiday! We celebrate it each year, but have you given a thought as to why we do? Let us get a clearer of the holiday together! Thanksgiving is a federal holiday that is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving holiday is being celebrated annually on and off since 1789. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated for the harvest and blessings of the past year. Thanksgiving was first observed in 1621 on a harvest feast that was shared by the English Colonists of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. In the United States, there are lots of traditions followed on Thanksgiving Day. People gather together and share meals together. A typical meal comprises turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin pies. A Thanksgiving Day parade is also held every year in remembrance of the Thanksgiving celebrations. We explore a number of ways to include this theme in your classes in our article: Top 10 Tips for Incorporating Thanksgiving Themes in Your Classroom

Beginning Sounds and Blends

Circle the letter that the name of each object begins with.

What are you thankful for this year?

Draw a picture of the things you are most thankful for this holiday.

Picture Sentences

Draw a line from the sentence to the matching picture.

Spelling Words

Fill in the missing letters to complete each word.


A tradition is custom, belief, or activity that is passed on from generation to generation. Holiday traditions are certain things that you do every year as a way to observe or celebrate the holiday. Describe some of the Thanksgiving traditions in your family.


Put all of your ideas into these tracing activity.

Matching Game

Cut out each card along the dotted lines. Mix the cards and lay them face down. Turn the cards over two at a time to look for a match. When a match is found, remove the cards. The player with the most matches wins.

Word Ordering

Put these words in alphabetical order.

Christmas Trivia

Example: True or False: If you add up all the gifts given in the song the Twelve Days of Christmas there are 364 total gifts.

The Beginning

Match each letter to the picture with the same beginning sound.

How It Came To Be

Federal offices and many businesses close. Typical traditions include getting together with family and sharing a large meal. Traditional foods include turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, and pumpkin pie.


Circle the pictures that go with with this holiday.

Gratitude Haiku

Write a haiku poem about gratitude, or something that you are thankful for.

Feast Acrostic Poem

Students examine the aspects of a feast.

Thanksgiving Acrostic Poem

Students examine the significance of Thanksgiving.

Turkey Acrostic Poem

Students examine the symbolism of a turkey.

Alphabetic Order

Arrange the words: yams, grateful, turkey, bounty, maize, wattle, harvest, voyage, cranberry, Puritan

Bingo Cards

A series of six bingo cards for you to have fun with.


Keep your pages straight with these themed bookmarks.

Visual Crossword

Determine the words that make the most sense for you.


Organize your thoughts about this holiday in one place.

Thanksgiving Maze

Help the hunters find their way to the turkey.

Spelling Words

Complete the words by placing the correct letter in the blank.

Border Paper

Border paper with a Turkey Day theme.

Border Paper

Border paper with wild turkeys.

Word Chop

Put all these words together and some overlap.

Word Scramble

Unscramble the letters of the Thanksgiving words.

Word Search

Where are these dozen words in the puzzle?

Word Wall

A dozen pages to bring the vocabulary to life for you in your classroom.

What are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect about your life, and take the time to feel and express gratitude. What are you thankful for this year? Write a sentence about each thing you are thankful for.


Write all those words on the line.

Word Search

Find the Thanksgiving related words in the puzzle. Write each word you find on a line.