Spotlight on Sources:
Welcome to Renzulli Learning’s Spotlight on Sources, some of our most engaging resources to excite and inspire your students!
There are many holidays and celebrations during the Month of November that you may be celebrating or investigating in your classrooms!
This week we are highlighting various resources to help supplement your instruction on these topics. These resources are sure to engage and excite your students!
To locate these activities within Renzulli Learning:
Under the 'Teach' navigation, click 'Search'.
On the Search page, type in the title of the activity you would like to locate.
For more ideas to infuse enrichment activities with your curriculum, please visit the Unit Supplements on the Teacher Site, under “Teach.” We can also link these enrichment resources to your regular curriculum if you send us a theme or topic.
Art For Kids Hub: How To Draw A Cooked Turkey
Videos & Podcats
Learn how to draw a cooked turkey in this wonderful video from Art for Kids!
Make a Pilgrim Bonnet and Other Thanksgiving Crafts
Projects & Independent Study
Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving? Learn how to make a pilgrim bonnet you can wear, a pilgrim hat table decoration, turkey finger puppets, and more.
Projects & Independent Study
Silly Turkey needs your help. Click here to follow his instructions. Help the Silly Turkey pick a hat, a new color, and a book. Who ever thought a turkey could be silly!
American History for Kids
From the first Thanksgiving to the first man on the moon, you’ve found the right website to learn about American history! This research site covers the Pilgrim's arrival, the Jamestown settlement, and the Revolutionary War all the way into modern American history. History isn't just about dates and facts, it's about stories - about real people and their dreams, challenges, successes, and conflicts. Enjoy learning all about American history!
Ducksters Education Site: The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony
The Pilgrims were a group of English settlers who left Europe in search of religious freedom and a new way of life in the Americas. They established the Plymouth Colony in 1620.
Veterans are those who served in the military in times of war or peace. Visit this site to enjoy some fun and exciting games and activities that will help you learn more about our armed forces, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day and Memorial Day, the American flag, and more. Ready? Salute!
Do you have sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving? How about ham? What about turkey? Compare your Thanksgiving Day meal to the pilgrims' meal as you watch these videos. You may be surprised!
The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) occupies more than half of the United States and parts of Mexico. The impressive plumage that it carries and the unique wattle and beard of the male, brings attention to this remarkable species. American Expedition is proud to present interesting information, fascinating facts & trivia, habitat info, and photos of the Wild Turkey.
Did you know Thanksgiving is not unique to the United States? Throughout history, the Earth's bountiful harvest has been celebrated with ceremonies of giving thanks in many countries. Read about the different traditions here.
The voyage of the Mayflower was a turning point in American history. At this rich website, see pictures, drawings, and diagrams of the ship. Find out who the Pilgrims were and what they believed. Check out their route and see who they met once they landed on the shores of Plymouth. Find out what life was like for them in this new land, and read the accounts they wrote themselves.
November 11 is known as Veterans Day. It is a day to remember all of those who served or gave their lives in war. President Wilson first named this day Armistice Day, and it was later changed to Veterans Day by President Eisenhower. Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at this Veterans Affairs website.
Do you ever wonder what Thanksgiving was like for the early settlers? Imagine what traditions have changed since those first few years of celebration. This site will allow you to view a detailed time line with photos to learn more about the American holiday! Then, read journal entries, poems, and letters from thankful men and women who have celebrated throughout the decades. Click on the website to learn more about the day of thanks!
Thanks for being a part of the Renzulli Learning family and we hope you find these resources helpful.
Your Renzulli Learning Team