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Colonial America

Take your students on a journey back in time with these colonial lessons, printables, quizzes, and more! Immerse them in this historic period as they learn about indentured servants, Thanksgiving traditions, and Native American heritage. Look below for social studies, history, and language arts resources on the Pilgrims, colonization, and events leading up to the American Revolution.

Printables

Colonial Times – Everyday Things
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
The King's M & M's: The Stamp Act
Native American Indian Crafts
Slaughterhouse-Five Projects
Make a Three-Cornered Hat
Birth of America Printable Book (4-8)
More Popular Colonial Times Printables

Quizzes

Native Americans Quiz
American Colonies Quiz
Anasazi and Plains Indians Quiz
Early America Quiz

Art, Music, & Drama Activities

Paper Weavings
Designing a Quilt Pattern
Paper Weaving Instructions
Thanksgiving Placemats
Make a Dried Bouquet
Then and Now
What Was a One-Room Schoolhouse?
Music Truths: I Cannot Tell a Lie
A Thanksgiving Quilt

Thanksgiving Activities

Pilgrim Unit (7 lessons)
Of Plymouth Plantation Excerpt
Pilgrim Fact Cards
Planning for the Voyage - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 1 of 7)
Sarah Morton's Day, Samuel Eaton's Day, & Tapenum's Day
A Pilgrim Conversation
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
More Popular Thanksgiving Activities for Social Studies

Native-American Heritage

The First Winter - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 4 of 7)
The First Thanksgiving - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 5 of 7)
Life in Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (lesson 6 of 7)
Thanksgiving Fact Sheet
A Not-So Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving: Multiple Perspectives
Indian Pudding
More Native-American Heritage Resources

Lesson Plans

Current Archaeology
Communities: Past and Present
Aboard the Mayflower - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 2 of 7)
Choosing Plymouth - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 3 of 7)
Pilgrim Children - Pilgrim Study Unit (Lesson 7 of 7)
The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
Old Sturbridge Village
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References

17th-Century Pastimes and Sports
Declaration of Independence
William Bradford Biography
Colonial Population Estimates
Brief History of Thanksgiving
More Colonial Times References

Articles

Indentured Servants' Experiences 1600-1700
Declaration of Independence – Videos & Activities
Articles of Confederation
Of Plymouth Plantation
American Revolution Books by Jean Fritz
Women Following Washington's Army: Washington Hypotheses
Readers Theater Script: Johnny Tremain
More Colonial Times Articles

Language Arts Activities

All About the Boston Tea Party
Slaughterhouse-Five Short Answer
Daily Journal Topics: Early American Life
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Colonial Gardens
Boston Tea Party Reading Warm-Up
Old Sturbridge Village Worksheet
Jean Fritz's American History Books
More Language Arts Activities for Colonial Times

Biographies

Learn About Paul Revere
Crispus Attucks
The Era of Thomas Jefferson

Foods from Colonial Times

Dried-Pepper Hangings Instruction Sheet
Colonial New England Food & Cooking
Thanksgiving Menu: Then & Now
Cranberry-Nut Bread
Hasty Pudding

American Revolution Resources

Boston Tea Party
Women Following Washington's Army
My Brother Sam Is Dead
The Early Congresses
Site of the Boston Massacre
Colonial American Gazette
Abigail Adams Writes a Letter
More Popular American Revolution Resources

Colonization Resources

America Is Named
The Mayflower Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: George Washington
Early European Settlements Reading Warm-Up
Historical Fiction Reading Warm-Up: Patrick Henry's Influence
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
More Colonization Resources

Highlights

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