When Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it is great to get the kids to watch some videos to get a real sense of what this holiday is all about. Have you also thought about using some audios, online games, free ebooks, and unit studies to add to the fun?
Cross and Quill Media is striving to provide you with resources to find all these things and MORE!
There are some of the cartoons listed below that are not historically accurate. The thing that we like to do is after we learn about the actual events, the kids can then point out the inaccuracies. ANY time you watch a historical movie, look up the real facts so you and your family will not be deceived!
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There is one video by Nest Entertainment about William Bradford that is not available for FREE online, but well worth the purchase. It is Roku, and MORE! Facebook Page to get in on the conversation.
You can look at your local library for this video as well. Anything by Nest Entertainment would be a good find!
Videos listed below from YouTube are linked with the “quiet” feature and will not show ads or comments.
MOVIES AND VIDEOS
PRESCHOOL and up
The Mouse on the Mayflower – (YouTube)
Mayflower Pilgrims – In 1620, after years of sacrifice and hardship, they arrived on the shores of the New World in a tiny ship, they carried in their hearts a set of beliefs which would form the bedrock values for the world’s most powerful democracy? (Amazon INSTANT)
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving, Told by Graham Greene with Music by Paul McCandless – The true story of the Native American, Squanto, who is captured from his Pawtuxet tribe, taken to Spain, and sold into slavery. Years later, he regains his freedom and returns to his homeland where he teaches the Pilgrims how to survive the early years in the Plymouth colony, culminating in the first Thanksgiving celebration. A touching drama about trust, faith and renewal.(Amazon INSTANT)
The Song of Sacajawea, Told by Laura Dern with Music by David Lindley – Journey up the Missouri River and across the Rocky Mountains with the Lewis and Clark expedition–guided by an extraordinary 17-year-old Native American woman named Sacajawea. (Amazon INSTANT)
ELEMENTARY and up
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving – Set in the late 1880’s, a widowed mother of four struggles to keep her family intact and to put food on the table. The oldest daughter sends a letter to her estranged and very wealthy grandmother urging her assistance, much to her mother’s disapproval. When the grandmother arrives, old wounds are opened but eventually healed. Based on a story by Louisa May Alcott. (Netflix DVD)(Amazon)
The Walton’s / A Thanksgiving Story – (YouTube)
Dear America : Season 1/Episode 2 – A Journey to the New World – (Netflix INSTANT)
Thanksgiving Shared: Native Americans – The story of the First Thanksgiving and the contribution of the Native Americans to this national holiday (17 minutes). (Amazon INSTANT)
Pocahontas Revealed: Nova – (Netflix DVD)
Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure – Monumental is the story of America’s beginnings. Presented, produced, and starring Kirk Cameron, the 90-minute true story follows this father of six across Europe and the US as he seeks to discover America’s true “national treasure” – the people, places, and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous, and generous nation the world has ever known. (Netflix Instant)(Amazon INSTANT)(YouTube – a guy has an intro to the video before it starts)
Kirk Cameron talks about the Monumental Movie -Forefathers Monument – (30 minutes)(YouTube)
From the Monumental Movie – The Only Recipe That Will Save and Restore America from Godfather Politics
MIDDLE SCHOOL and up
Pure History Specials : Pocahontas and Captain John Smith: Love and Survival in the New World – This romantic tale is an American legend. But was it really a love story or the figment of a vivid imagination?(YouTube)
Mayflower: The Pilgrims’ Adventure – This 1979 feature is one of the rare attempts to dramatize a chapter of America’s formation. Set in 1620, the story concerns the religious persecution of the Puritans in England and their decision to emigrate to Plymouth Colony in America. (YouTube)
The Legend of Squanto (Radio Theatre) – Discover the incredible story of one of American history’s least known, yet most compelling, figures as it unfolds in The Legend of Squanto. This Focus on the Family radio theatre drama is more than just a tale about an honest man who triumphed over tragedy. It is also a tribute to honor, integrity, and the God-given ability to look beyond the color of one’s skin . . . and into the heart. (buy on Amazon for under $12)
The Stepping Stones – available through Homeschool Freebie of the Day (MP3 audio)
Tisquantum, Strange Friend of the Pilgrims – available through Homeschool Freebie of the Day (MP3 AUDIO and Teachers GUIDE)
FREE PDF EBOOKS
Pilgrim Stories, Book I: From Old Homes to New (PDF ebook) – available through Homeschool Freebie of the Day (PDF)
Pilgrim Stories II: The Wild Land & Thanksgiving (PDF ebook) – available through Homeschool Freebie of the Day (PDF)
Pilgrim Stories III: Little Pilgrims & The Red Men (PDF ebook and Teacher’s GUIDE) – available through Homeschool Freebie of the Day (PDF)
Check the Homeschool Freebie of the Day for goodies all year round for FREE stuff for your family!
THANKSGIVING ONLINE GAMES AND FUN
Here is a list of 10 Wonderful Online Thanksgiving Games for Kids
A Kids Heart has a site with Thanksgiving games and Bible verses.
Don’t forget Mr. Donn – Thanksgiving for games, unit studies, teacher resources and lots more.
A2Z Homeschooling has lots of Thanksgiving ideas, even a link to Louisa May Alcott’s An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving to read before watching the movie listed above!
Meet Penny has a free 4 day Thanksgiving Unit Study.
The Modest Mom has a free Unit Study for Little Ones.
Free Homeschool Lessons has a 10 day Unit Study with READ, WATCH, and WRITE sections.
Don’t forget to go on a VIRTUAL Field Trip with Scholastic.
There are LOADS more of resources out there, but these will definitely get you started. If you have a favorite that you do not see, then leave us a comment and let us know.
One more to get you going since you are still here…one of our favorite sites – Free Homeschool Deals. She has an ongoing list of great Thanksgiving FREEBIES !
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