The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)

Grade Levels: 3 - 8


  • Students will be able to describe the first winter that the Pilgrims spent in Plymouth.
  • Students will be able to retell the first meeting of the Native people and the Pilgrims.
  • Students will be able to define and illustrate key vocabulary words (optional).



  • Samoset
  • Massasoit
  • Squanto
  • Patuxet
  • Pneumonia
  • Scurvy
  • Sachem


  1. Tell students that they are going to become newspaper reporters. They will be writing about the Pilgrims' first winter in Plymouth and their meetings with Samoset, Massasoit, and Squanto.

  2. Pass out the Pilgrim Fact Cards 6 & 7 and Three Young Pilgrims. Remind the students that when they write their articles they must answer the five questions journalists cover: Who? What? Where? When? and Why?

  3. Students will write newspaper articles with a partner.

  4. Students will define and illustrate the vocabulary from the lesson (optional).

  5. Upon completion of the assignment update the Class Chart (begun in Lesson 1).

Enrichment/Extension Activities

  • Students will illustrate their newspaper articles.
  • Students will write additional articles highlighting other events or people of that era.

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