Thanksgiving Library Lesson


Celebrate Thanksgiving in the library with this PPT lesson + scrolling slides. The first 23 slides are a library lesson about Thanksgiving traditions around the world. The remaining 46 slides are fun facts, trivia, jokes, vocabulary, and more! Editable.

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NOTE: This presentation is very USA-centric. I mention other countries in a few slides, but the majority of this presentation is about Thanksgiving traditions in the USA. The focus is on American traditions rather than Thanksgiving history.

This product is a combination of Digital Storytime and Digital Bulletin Board. Many elementary librarians are purchasing both the Digital Storytimes and Digital Bulletin Boards for each weekly theme. Combining them into one product saves you money and time. I’ve covered all grades here, from K-6.

See a demo of one of my Digital Storytimes here. (YouTube link)

This K-6 library lesson will save you so much time! Everything you need to teach elementary students Thanksgiving traditions is included here. You just add the read-aloud(s) of your choice.

Needed to open and editGoogle™ Slides OR PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

Recommended for GradesK-6


  • 69-slide PPT + Google™ Slides–all text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use. 17 slides are whole class discussion slides, which are great to preface a Thanksgiving read-aloud. 46 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 16 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list. The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for K-6 books about Thanksgiving. All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews for use with Grades K-6.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for storytime on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)


17 Class Discussion Slides Include:

  • 5 YouTube links to short Thanksgiving videos
  • Link to “Thanksgiving” in American Sign Language
  • Brief explanation of what Thanksgiving is
  • Overview of Thanksgiving traditions in: USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Liberia, Norfolk Island, and Germany
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos for K-3. I took great care to include clipart of males and females with various skin tones performing various Thanksgiving preparation roles.


Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • additional 46 slides for Grades K-6
  • Includes facts about Thanksgiving traditions including: presidential turkey pardons, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, breaking the wishbone, Thanksgiving Day football
  • 18 visual booktalks; includes picture books, middle grade novels, nonfiction, and poetry for Grades K-6
  • 2 “Did you Know” slides
  • 2 True/False slides with answers (4 slides)
  • 1 “Would you rather?”
  • “This or That?” (1 slide)
  • 1 world record
  • 2 trivia questions with answers
  • 2 kid-friendly Thanksgiving jokes
  • correct spelling of Thanksgiving
  • vocabulary words: embrace and wishbone
  • this week’s birthdays


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