Holidays and Traditions




- History / Facts
- Resources - Infographics - Black Friday - Cyber Monday -
- Cliparts / Pictures -
Listening - Interactive activities - Activities to print -
- Lesson plans -
Interactive games
- Games to print - Recipes -
Cartoons - Songs and Poems
- PowerPoint presentations - Cinema - TV series

(Updated on 28/10/2013)


Related pages :

Mayflower Day - The Colonial Period - Superstitions - Macy's Thanksgiving Parade



Ecards :

  • View a Jacquie Lawson's card for Thanksgiving! : Turkey in the straw (


History / Facts :





  • PETA Thanksgiving Ad
    "Today is  Thanksgiving Day in the United States, so lots of Americans will be tucking into roast turkey.
    But not if animal rights organization PETA has anything to do with it.
    They've launched a controversial poster campaign aimed at children which asks, 'If you wouldn't eat your dog, why eat a turkey?'."


  • Gigantic balloons dominate New York streets for Macy's annual parade + a video
    "New Yorkers and visitors line the streets of Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the giant balloons and floats of Macy's 85th Thanksgiving Day parade... The show included 11 marching bands, 800 clowns, 1,600 cheerleaders, dancers and singers, crews manning 27 floats and handlers for 15 giant balloons and 44 other mid-sized balloons."




  • Sweet Potatoes Step Out From Under Marshmallows
    "To meet demand, American farmers are planting more, chain restaurants are rewriting menus and ConAgra this month opened a $155 million plant dedicated to processing frozen sweet potato products — the first of its kind in the world..."



  • Presidential Pardon
    The turkey that lives to see another day
    "Each year since 1947, the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board have given a turkey to the President of the United States at a White House ceremony."


  • Slideshow : Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House
    "Officially, the presidential turkey pardon began during George H.W. Bush's first Thanksgiving in the White House in 1989."





  • Social Studies for Kids - Pilgrims - définitions claires (
    (de même pour . Plymouth Colony . William Bradford . Mayflower . Mayflower Compact . Massasoit . Samoset . Squanto . Wampanoag, etc)

  • Thanksgiving - A Timeline (


Resources :



  • Thanksgiving Activities (
    Coloring Pages / Crafts / Games and Puzzles / Poems and Songs / Printables / Recipes / Worksheets

  • Bountiful Thanksgiving ( :
    Thanksgiving Day Parades - Stories/Poems/Songs - Clipart, Backgrounds, Icons - History/Documents/Places - Cards...

  • Page de liens sur Thanksgiving - "history, activities, treasure hunts and webquests"
    (by Barbara Dieu, Brazil)


Infographics :

Black Friday :

  • Black Friday 2011 in pictures: shoppers take advantage of discounts across the US - 18 pictures
    "The American holiday shopping season began in earnest on Black Friday as stores opened their doors at midnight on the most anticipated shopping day of the year...
    Black Friday is traditionally the discount shopping day that follows Thanksgiving in America and signals the start of the Christmas shopping period.
    Cyber Monday, which this year is Monday December 5, is predicted to be the UK's busiest online shopping day of the year with over two million orders expected to be made."


  • US shoppers hunt for bargains on Black Friday
    "Millions of Americans have been heading to the shops on Black Friday, a crucial event for US retailers...
    Department store Macy's said it had 7,000 shoppers outside its flagship Herald Square store in Manhattan in the early hours of Friday morning, some 2,000 more than last year. "





  • Black Friday
    - "the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States, one of the busiest shopping days of the year...
    It is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season."
    1 Origin of the name "Black Friday"
    2 Black Friday on the Internet
    3 Buy Nothing Day
    4 References



Vocabulary :




Cliparts / Pictures :


The Thanksgiving table


Thanksgiving food


Thanksgiving Clip Art (from



Listening :

  • Thanksgiving, but US Turkey Farmers Aren't Celebrating
    "High feed prices caused by a drought and biofuel production are gobbling up profits this holiday | AGRICULTURE REPORT"

  • "2 activités à découvrir sur Soundguide, en plus du nouveau look.
    Molly nous parle des différences entre la France et les US et de Thanksgiving.
    Intéressant pour le vocabulaire et quelques gap fillers.
    Lien sur la page d'accueil."




  • Thanksgiving - enregistrement court et de compréhension aisée (Académie de Montpellier)


INTERACTIVE activities :


  • Interactive Book : Thanksgiving
    Created by Laurence HAQUET (Ac. Rouen)
    Visit her BLOG


  • Let's celebrate Thanksgiving.
    "Stephanie, our American assistant, is telling you about Thanksgiving in her country, listen to her and do the activities."
    Created by Renée Maufroid
    (Ac. Lille)


  • The Turkey Blues
    "Listen to the song and then do the activity."
    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid


  • Thanksgiving - Activities created by Renée Maufroid
    Matching - Flashcards (Java / non-Java) - Concentration - Word Search


  • Thanksgiving: A web adventure. - interactive (

  • Thanksgiving Meal - (
    "Do you know what was served for the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621?
    The Indians taught the Pilgrims about many foods which they could grow and hunt in the new land. These are some of them.
    Choose a letter from each box to create a word then check the answer."

  • THANKSGIVING - "Listen and fill in the blanks." (michel.barbot)

  • Pilgrims - history and comprehension exercise (British Council)

  • Thanksgiving - Page de ressources ( :
    Vocabulary Builders - Web Quests - Lesson Plans - Worksheets - Games - Coloring / Writing Sheets - Recipes - Songs - Crafts - Downloads