Thanksgiving Bulletin Board Ideas

Instructor: Nicky Davis
Thanksgiving is a time to share and be grateful for family and friends. Keep reading to find bulletin board ideas to help students celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving along with resources for learning more about the history behind it.

Bulletin Board Ideas for Thanksgiving

Get your classroom in the spirit for Thanksgiving with these festive and fun bulletin board ideas. Topics range from celebrating family traditions to learning about the early colonists. All you'll need to bring them to life is colored construction paper, scissors, markers, crayons and some index cards.

Hand Turkeys Bulletin Board

Have students trace their hand on a piece of construction paper and then cut out their hand shape. Next, they can use more construction paper and art supplies to turn their handprint into a turkey! Their thumb will make the head, and their other fingers will become the plumes of the tail. Everyone can decorate his or her individual turkey to put up on the bulletin board.

Thirteen Colonies Bulletin Board

Create a map of the thirteen colonies on the bulletin board, and have students research different settlements in each colony. Put pins where the settlements were, and ask students to create index cards containing interesting facts about the colonists who lived there.

If you're looking for resources to help students conduct their research, check out's chapter on Settling North America, which has fun video lessons about life in the colonies and the history surrounding the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Class Poll Bulletin Board

Create a poll to gather information on students' favorite parts of Thanksgiving, from the turkey, to the pies, to the time with their families. To illustrate the results, make a bar graph on the bulletin board using construction paper. Discuss it with your class.

Consider using this chapter on Data and Graphs to walk your students through the steps involved in gathering data as well as creating and interpreting bar graphs.

'What's For Dinner?' Bulletin Board

Ask students to bring in their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Cut Thanksgiving food shapes out of colored construction paper and have students write down their recipes to post on the bulletin board. The board will look like a Thanksgiving feast!

While they're working, use this lesson on the First Thanksgiving to introduce students to fun holiday facts, such as the origins of the first Thanksgiving feast and some of the foods that might have been served.

'I'm Thankful For…' Bulletin Board

Have students write a short poem that begins with the line 'I am Thankful For…' on rectangles of construction paper. Ask them to fold the paper in half and write their name on the back. Pin each student's card to the bulletin board, so that only the names are showing. The bulletin board becomes interactive, allowing viewers to open the cards and read each student's poem.

To give them a brief introduction to this literary genre, watch these Elementary School Poetry lessons in class.

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